Meet award-winning fiction writer Ellyn Bache, author of nine novels (including “Safe Passage,” which became a Ellyn Bache Susan Sarandon film), a short story collection that won the Willa Cather Fiction Prize, a nonfiction journal, and several books for teens and children. 

Coming in March . . . a collection of my short stories originally published in commercial magazines in the 1980s and 1990s, during the heyday of women’s magazine fiction. It turned out to be, truly, a celebration of a kind of fiction millions of women looked forward to each month and read avidly . . . until the market changed and many of the magazines went out of business or changed format.  I was surprised how often readers asked about them and surprised when I went back to them how contemporary they still seem — and how much I think women will enjoy them, whether they remember women’s short fiction from its glory years or are coming to it for the first time.









 Five stories from Wordrunner echapbooks.  Says the editor:

In these vivid, unsettling tales, Bache has created flawed characters who might be related to any of us. They are the family black sheep you helplessly love or hate — here so finely drawn you will never forget them.

You don’t often see fiction in chapbook form, but I think it fits the short story very well.  This is my first experience with online publication, too — and what I particularly like about this press is that they let you read their materials for free, or to download them inexpensively from Kindle or Smashwords if you want to keep them in your library.




The Art of Saying Goodbye
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As four women in a close-knit suburban development grapple with the illness of a long-time neighbor, each of them also looks closely at the pressing issues in her own life — a marriage put on hold because of a difficult child . . .  a nurse’s eerie and unwanted gift of diagnosis. . .  a widow’s destructive bitterness . . . the price of a successful career.   A SIBA Okra Pick and book award nominee.


A new production of “Writers’ Bloc,” the musical comedy I co-wrote with talented composer Joyce Cooper (who wrote all the music and all the lyrics) was performed in spring 2016 (to sell-out crowds!) at Furman University.  A lighthearted look at the writing life, first performed in Wilmington, NC back in 2003, the show is about a group of seven aspiring writers who meet to critique manuscripts, celebrate small victories and commiserate over rejections — until they discover one of them is not who he says he is.  After its initial performance, Joyce and I meant to take the show farther, but we both got tied up in other projects and were thrilled when the OLLI Onstage group at Furman decided to produce it.  Great fun for the audience, the actors and singers — and maybe especially, the authors.

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