JoEllen Collins is a storyteller, teacher, public speaker, fabric artist, and published writer of poetry, book reviews, magazine articles, short stories, and screenplays, and is a prize-winning columnist for the Wood River Weekly. She twice attended the juried Breadloaf Writers’ Conference as a non-fiction writer, after which she wrote her first novel A Roof Against the Rain. Her recent novel, A Reluctant Pilgrim is an exploration of her life-long belief in the possibilities of love. A mother and grandmother, JoEllen is a native Californian, and now resides in Ketchum, Idaho, where she is at work on her third novel.
"I like living. I have sometimes been wildly, despairingly, acutely miserable, racked with sorrow, but through it all I still know quite certainly that just to be alive is a grand thing.”