Ellie Royce has been telling stories ever since she can remember. This caused a few problems initially, notably the time she swore to her grandmother that she’d flown around the world on a broom and the time she kept her year three class enthralled with the ‘true’ stories of her double life as a Secret Agent. (Gran made her sit in the corner for lying and year three weren’t impressed when they found out the stories were stories.)
Eventually Ellie learned to use her power for good instead of evil and, after fifteen plus years working as a freelance writer, she discovered the wonderful world of writing for children and young adults. Now Ellie writes whenever she has time (and quite often when she should be doing other things!) Ellie is a committed advocate for the power of story and storytelling to change the world for the better. She writes quirky and heartfelt middle grade and YA fiction as well as visionary, unique picture books that spark ideas, empathy and new ways of looking at the world.
Ellie is the author of two Middle Grade books, Amy’s Secret and Passion for Fashion, (ABC Books/HarperCollins). Amy’s Secret was also published in Norway and Sweden. Her first picture book Lucas and Jack, (Working Title/HarperCollins) was inspired by her work with older people and storytelling. Lucas and Jack was shortlisted for the 2015 Australian Speech Pathology Book of the Year Award and for the Western Australian Young Readers Book Award in 2016.
Ellie has also had a number of stories published in Australia’s iconic The School Magazine.
2020 will see two new picture books written by Ellie on shelves, AUNTIE UNCLE: DRAG QUEEN HERO (POW!Kids) and FRIZZLE AND ME (Ford Street Publishing).
Ellie lives in beautiful Northern New South Wales Australia and intends to keep writing for “the best audience in the world” for ever.