Ellie Baker is a freelance writer. Her poems and short stories have been published in Tall Tales and Short Stories by Franklin Creative Writers’ Group (2001) and her articles have been published in national magazines. She has a novel manuscript needing a re-edit which she says is trying to nudge its way higher up her to do list.
Her Migrant Emotions blog and newsletters continue to help immigrants have a more settled life.
Ellie is a member of the New Zealand Society of Authors. She has now been an immigrant for half of her life and she and her husband have brought up their four children in a farming community. Life other than writing and family includes being an accountant, speaking, fundraising, and facilitating courses in child development and leadership. Ellie’s interest in meeting people set her travelling as a young adult. One person she met on her way she liked so much she married him and remained in his homeland. As an immigrant she is open to new influences and feels the importance of making connections with people around you. She loves to sing, dance like no one is watching be creative and go for long walks.
What do you read for pleasure?
Novels with a twist and engaging characters. Novels which expand your knowledge. Non-fiction books of interest to me.
Describe your desk
Mostly clear. I have a piece of manuka wood with holes drilled in it as a pencil holder, My screen is positioned so I can look out onto fields. One wall of my area is a blackboard (my desk is in our accounting business office which is an old classroom) and the other side, a partition is dotted with pictures.
This book reveals the emotional challenges of being an immigrant. It is a book for immigrants to understand and help overcome their challenges. It is a book for potential immigrants and people who know or love immigrants.