Short Bio:

Laura Ellen writes YA contemporary mysteries and thrillers from her home in Arizona, where she also freelances as a manuscript consultant for aspiring authors. She has a MA in Children’s Literature and began her career as a teacher in both Language Arts and special education. Diagnosed with juvenile macular degeneration as a teen, she drew upon her own experiences with vision loss to write her debut YA thriller Blind Spot, an emotional and suspenseful page-turner.

(For longer bio, please see About page.)

Blurbs and Reviews:

“Through the teen’s gripping first-person viewpoint, the mystery and romance universalize the struggle to discover and confront the truth.”Booklist

“Roz is an enormously appealing narrator, her tangled emotions about everything from needing to ask for help to navigating friendships both believable and sympathetic.” — Kirkus Reviews

“Teen readers will enjoy trying to sort out all the clues in solving this murder mystery and gain a clear perspective on the emotional drama of high school relationships when merely getting through the day is a high-stakes matter.” —  IRA/Reading Today Online

“Using Roz’s naivety and partial blindness, the author creates a mystery with a gritty, issue-oriented storyline to engage readers. The dark tone of the novel adds to the suspense of the story, making for a compelling, entertaining read.. . . young adults will appreciate the author’s honesty with the subjects.”VOYA

“No young person who reads this book will ever again regard their less fortunate classmates in the same way.” — Lois Duncan, author of Stranger With My Face and Down A Dark Hall

“An utterly believable mystery, gritty with high school drama and shot through with suspense. . . . A captivating read, right to the last page.”Carol Plum-Ucci, author of The Body of Christopher Creed

Reading Guides

If you’d like to use Blind Spot in the classroom, in a reading circle, or a book club, feel free to use the following Blind Spot Reader Guide.

Manuscript Consults

Laura often consults with both published and aspiring authors on their manuscripts. Whether you need a big picture consult on your entire project or simply a critique of that very critical first chapter, Laura can help. Please contact her for pricing and submission procedure.

She is also available for Author Visits,  Conferences, and Workshops. Please contact her through the contact form.

Laura Ellen on the Web

Interview by L.J. Sellers: Blind Spot by Laura Ellen (10/1/12, The Big Thrill e-zine)

Ink & Angst Blog (2/3/12 – Writing Advice)

The Restless Writer (2/13/12 – Talking on Diversity in Literature

Eastern Michigan University — Children’s Literature Alumni Page

 Ypsilanti Courier  (October 8, 2012)

Teen Literature Network

Useful Links

Websites on Macular Degeneration/Vision Loss:

AHAF Children’s Corner on Macular Degeneration

National Federation of the Blind

FamilyConnect: For parents of children with visual impairments

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