An American by birth, Gwen Ellery has lived for years overseas, first in Paris and then in Stuttgart. She now makes her home in Freiburg at the edge of the Black Forest, about fifteen miles from the French border.
Gwen's love affair with books began as a small child when one fell on her head and caused what the Japanese call satori, or instant enlightenment. After that she became obsessed with letters, lettering, and the combining of them in new ways. At ten she caught a typo in the logo of her family newsletter, much to her father's gratitude, since he had designed it and had left out one of the L's in Ellery. At sixteen she created her own alphabet, which she converted into twenty-six rubber stamps. With these, Gwen "typeset" a book that consisted of only one sentence: Mime is of the essence. She then bound the tiny book in faux leather and sold it to the Art Institute of Chicago for their permanent collection. She doesn't consider herself eccentric at all--no, just interested in letters and sentences and meanings they can make.
Under her other pen name, Gwen's writing has also been published in anthologies, her favorite being THIS IS CHICK-LIT. In addition, her romantic comedy and mystery screenplays have been produced as films in Germany.
You can connect with Gwen at http://www.gwenellery.com, http://www.twitter.com/gwenellery, http://www.facebook.com/GwenElleryAuthor or http://www.womenonthevergeof.com. She loves to hear from readers.