Ellen Larson has been editing full time for over 25 years. For much of that time she has been a freelance substantive editor for a long list of clients. During her 15 years living in Cairo, Egypt, she worked as a publications specialist for three major USAID projects, the World Bank, FAO, and the CGIAR consortium. Now she uses these skills as YA books editor at The Poisoned Pencil. Ellen’s fiction-writing chops include a first sale to Yankee Magazine in 1971, a nomination for a Barry Award for a story published in Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine in 2010, and a commercially published science fiction novel due out in late 2013.
These days, when she’s not editing mystery books young adults love to read, Ellen divides her time between her off-grid cabin in upstate New York and an island off the Gulf Coast of Florida. She holds a Master’s in Humanities from California State University and once beat out Omar El Sherif in a bridge tournament.