Ellen Behrens is a novelist, short story author, and nonfiction writer. Her newest novel, "Yuma Baby," is the second Rollin RV Mystery. "Pea Body" started this series featuring full-time RVers Walt and Betty Rollin. Behrens has been called RVers' favorite writer. Both books are available in print and e-book format for all major readers. Behrens' first novel, "None But the Dead and Dying," came out in 1996 from Baskerville Publishers. In 2010 she self-published a short story collection based on experiences she and her husband have had as full-time RVers. Her stories and articles have appeared in numerous periodicals. Former Fiction Editor for Mid-American Review, she received an Ohio Arts Council Individual Artist Fellowship in 1993.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
My husband and I are full-time RVers, traveling the US in our RV, so often when we get out of bed and look out the window we're looking at something different than we did the day or week or month before. Today it's a gorgeous bay off the Oregon coast. Next week? The mountains! Every day is a new adventure -- which is great inspiration for getting out of bed.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Hiking, bicycling, taking photos... reading... life is full of amazing adventures, if we're just paying attention (get that nose off the smart phone screen!!!)
Fourteen brief articles covering topics from characterization to the importance of smooth transitions between scenes, all from award-winning novelist Ellen Behrens. She draws on her many years of writing and editing experience to focus on common issues facing beginning fiction writers.
Ever hear someone say they're a "full-time RVer" and wonder what that's like? Maybe you dream about ditching your sticks-and-bricks house and taking to the open road yourself in a recreational vehicle. In her ninth year as a full-timer, Ellen Behrens shares some insights on the RVing lifestyle -- on topics not often covered in other places, all from A to Z.