Michelle Royce is an internationally published author of books for adults and children.
As "Ellie Royce" Michelle writes quirky and heartfelt middle grade and YA fiction as well as visionary, unique picture books that spark ideas, empathy and new ways of looking at the world for readers of all ages.
A freelance features writer for magazines in Australia and New Zealand since 1996, currently Michelle works as a Communications, Media and Community Engagement Coordinator, as well as a storyteller, author and speaker.
Michelle presents sessions on 'Storytelling for Wellbeing' as an Arts in Health advocate and practitioner for small groups as well as speaking at conferences. ( 2017 International Arts in Health Conference at the Art Gallery of New South Wales, 2018 at the International Hammondcare "Truth and Lies in the Age of Choice" conference)
Michelle's first published book was a non- fiction women's self- help book titled "Moon Rites" published in 2002 by Lothian Books and then by independent publisher 'books celebrating Her' in Bellingen NSW. New incarnations of Moon Rites, along with workbooks and journals are on the way in 2021published by independent publisher We Are All Made of Stories.
A major passion of Michelle's is children's literature. Her middle grade novels were orginally published by ABC Books under her pen name "Ellie Royce" - Letterbook One - Amy's Secret and Letterbook Two - Passion for Fashion. In 2010 "Amy's Secret" was published in Norway and Sweden. New editions of these novels will be available on shelves in 2021.
In 2014 Working Title Press published Ellie's first picture book "Lucas and Jack" inspired by her work with older people and their stories. Award winning illustrator Andrew Mc Lean made Lucas and Jack even more special with his beautiful artwork.
In April 2020 a new picture book Auntie Uncle :Drag Queen Hero" was released with POW!Kids books in New York USA - the story of a very unique hero who brings two communities together through diversity, bravery and unconditional love.
In 2021 , another gorgeous picture book about families, change, diversity and love will be published by Ford St Publishing, again illustrated by Andrew McLean.
Michelle lives on Gumbaynggir Country in Northern NSW with Pink Floyd, a second- hand cat, a dog called Yogi Bear, her husband and as much pistachio gelato as she can smuggle into the house. She loves visiting her grown up daughters in Melbourne and Sydney respectively (and not just for the gelato.)
She reads and writes all the time (often when she should be doing other things!)
Michelle is a committed advocate for the power of story and storytelling to change lives and the world for the better.
Recently she's also added podcasting to her life, because it's such a great medium for sharing stories.
Michelle 'Ellie' Royce
#because we are all made of stories...
Photo Credit : Caitlin Royce