Tiny Spills | Elizabeth Ellen

Tabs open on your screen right now:
i don’t do that ‘open tabs’ thing, maybe because i (joke that i) have OCD.

If you had to brag about yourself:
i would say i think my book Person/a is better than a lot of books i see winning awards and getting written up in the NYT and prominently displayed on tables in bookstores

Your writer crush:
oh, man, it’s been so long since i’ve had a writer crush. i really want one. but, sadly, nothing. maybe we need some new blood. some ppl willing to take risks again, stop caring abt their reputations which at present can cost you your career. so i get it. but fuck. you still have to take risks. or all we’re left with are novels like Lincoln in the Bardo, the ‘safest’ novel ever to be written. yawn.

Favorite lyric:
“they say music can alter moods and talk to you

well can it load a gun up for you, and cock it too”

Any place in the world:
Epcot Center with my daughter when she turns 21 in May and we can ‘drink around the world.’

Best breakfast:
any breakfast with a strong pot of coffee, preferably in a five star hotel or a one star motel. i don’t like middles.

Favorite online places right now:

Sweetest thing:
my bearded dragon.

Your rituals (writing or not):
rn: watching Teen Mom dvds on breaks while writing.

Least impressive thing about you:

Favorite space to write:
my ‘office’ which is also my stepdaughter’s bedroom.

What should we know:

Guilty literary pleasure:
Artie Lange.

Best book nobody talks about:
The Graduate. the novel is actually as good as the movie, imo.

Character (TV, book, movie) you most identify with:
Charlize Theron character in Young Adult. Stephen Dorff’s character in Somewhere.

Last time you lied:
twenty minutes ago

The lie:
something abt being interested in a book someone wrote, out of ‘politeness’ or ‘fakeness,’ however you wanna spin it

Question you secretly want to be asked:
will you take a call from Kristen Stewart

The answer:



Elizabeth Ellen is author of the novel Person/a and the story collection Fast Machine, both from Short Flight/Long Drive books. Later this year she will publish a new story collection Saul Stories and a poetry collection Elizabeth Ellen, also from SF/LD.