About Bill Ellingsen

Bill’s mandatory introduction to literature began with Twain’s Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn adventures, Crane’s Red Badge of Courage, Melville’s Moby-Dick, and Shakespeare’s Macbeth. But it wasn’t until discovering Hemingway’s The Old Man and the Sea, Agatha Christie’s Murder on the Orient Express, and ultimately John D. MacDonald’s Travis McGee series that he became an enthusiast of the written word. Current authors he admires are too many to name, but John Grisham, Stephen King, Dean Koontz, and Nora Roberts must be mentioned. Bill was encouraged to write by one of his college instructors, the late Gerald Fitzgerald.


Learning to ride motorcycles before such things as safety classes existed, he has survived everything from Harleys to Hayabusas. His current bike is a Harley-Davidson Fat Bob. He is a firm believer that if you’ve never been at the controls of something with wheels, wings, or a prop, you don’t know what you’re missing. Consequently, his stories contain at least one interesting motorized vehicle.

Bill lives by the shore of Lake Superior in the port city of Duluth, Minnesota with his wife "Pirate Girl," and their dog Shelby "Cobra" Shepherd. 

He has had many occupations. The more colorful ones were lineman, truck driver, bill collector, and technician/correspondent for an auto racing team.