Recent Books by Ellen Herbert

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Winner of the Maryland Writer's Association 2014 Novel Award
Published by Apprentice House
On Sale at Amazon


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Breaking the Silence

“The twinkling of an eye will take as long as I say, and will, if I wish, divide into tiny eternities, full of bullets stopped in mid-flight. Not a thing will happen unless I say so.” Wislawa Szymborska (July 2,…Continue Reading →

Setting: the Where and When of Fiction

I love to read about World War II on the Channel Islands, the only English-speaking territory occupied by the Nazis. I got hooked on this setting in Tim Binder’s Sleeping With the Enemy. Proof I loved this book: I finished…Continue Reading →

Internet Matchmakers

I was looking for a Ukranian mate, a partner, someone who would stay with me, be my wife,” said American Cary Dolego to the Associated Press. “All the Slavic ladies in this part of the world are delightful.”

Grade Your Reading

A new year calls for a time of assessment. I want to go beyond those silly 2011 Best and Worst lists and consider my 2011 reading. As I do, I resolve to keep track of the books I read in…Continue Reading →

Critique Groups

Helpful, Harmful, or a Big Waste of Time? When I finished my MFA in 1992, I joined a critique group with some of my fellow MFA-ers. The night a chunk of my novel was to be critiqued and a group…Continue Reading →