Ann Dee Ellis

Ann Dee Ellis is the author of three young adult titles including This is What I Did:, Everything is Fine and The End or Something Like That. Her middle grade debut, You May Already Be a Winner  set in Provo, Utah, was released July 2017. Her newest novels, The War with Grandma and WIld Place are slated to come out in 2021 and 2022. Her books have garnered starred reviews and been featured on multiple lists. 

Ann Dee has posted over 500 eight minute memoir writing prompts for adults and children on instagram (@anndeecandy). She regularly hosts memoir reading nights both in person and online. She also helped write, direct and produce a podcast called My Almost Dead Brother featuring two of her brothers, one with life threatening acute pancreatitis due to years of alcohol and drug abuse. 

Ann Dee received a masters degree in creative writing at Brigham Young University and has taught as an adjunct professor there for the past fifteen years. She has also been on the faculty at multiple writing conferences. She was born, raised and currently lives in the foothills of Utah and when she’s not writing and teaching, she’s hanging around with her husband and five energetic children.



This is What I Did, Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, 2007. 

Everything is Fine, Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, 2008

The End or Something Like That, Dial Books, Penguin/Random House, 2012

You May Already Be a Winner, Dial Books, Penguin/Random House, 2017

The War with Grandma, forthcoming from Delacorte Books, Penguin/Random House, 2021

The Wild Place, forthcoming from Dial Books, Penguin/Random House, 2022


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