Michelle 'Ellie'         Royce

   Official Bio

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Photo Credit : Caitlin Royce

Michelle Royce is an internationally published, award winning 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. 

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 2022.

A major passion of Michelle's is children's literature. She believes that kids are our most important audience!


Her middle grade novels were originally 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. 


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 "Auntie Uncle" won the Children's and YA category of The International Rubery Book Award for independently published books.


Another gorgeous picture book about families, change, diversity and love, "Frizzle and Me" was published by Ford St Publishing in 2021, 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 and her grandson Finn in Sydney and Melbourne  (and not just for the gelato- or even the bookstores!) 


She reads and writes all the time ( quite often when she should be doing other things.)

Michelle is a committed advocate for the magic and power of story to connect people and 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 is represented by The Author's Agent .

#because we are all made of stories...