Coming October 10, 2017
Saturdays with Hitchcock
My newest novel is the story of 12-year-old Maisie and her best friend Cyrus who’ve bonded over watching classic movies and making their own films. Like her beloved Uncle Walt, an actor, Maisie hopes one day to move to Los Angeles to be in the film business. When Gary Hackett pushes his way into their tight circle, Maisie at first doesn’t know what he wants–and then doesn’t know what she ought to do about it. What she does know is that she can’t betray her best friend.
The genesis for this story comes from my own life, though many of the details have been changed. I too had an Uncle Walt I adored. When I was young, he was usually on the road, playing his trombone with big bands in Chicago, New York and L.A., where he finally settled down. Once or twice a year he’d fly home to small-town Illinois–the only person we knew who’d actually been on an airplane–and my grandmother and I would rejoice, but for my mother, her brother’s arrival was less of a celebration. She was the one who shouldered the responsibility of their increasingly needy parents while Walt was off following his dreams.
I see now that Walt wasn’t perfect, that his carefree lifestyle put a burden on others, but at the time I thought he was perfect. His life was so large and so exciting, and when he was around, that excitement infected me. He was the only person I knew who had chosen a life in the arts, and I believe, without a doubt, that his example was the reason I had the audacity to think I could do the same.
I wrote this book for him.
A new edition of Parrotfish is now available!
Parrotfish was written in 2005 and published in 2007, but in those ten years, there have been changes in the language used to talk about transgender people. So Parrotfish needed an updated edition and this is it! There is also a completely updated resources section at the back of the book.
What others have said about my books:
“Ellen Wittlinger’s Hard Love was one of the books that inspired me to write young adult novels.” – John Green, New York Times bestselling author of The Fault in Our Stars
About Parrotfish: “I loved this book. It is tender, warm, sweet, funny, authentic, and completely captivating.” –Julie Ann Peters, National Book Award finalist for Luna
“What a great book! I love Parrotfish and think it’s very much a book whose time has come.” –Nancy Garden, author of the classic Annie on my Mind
About Love & Lies: “A wonderful book. Smart, funny, always involving and often moving, this is a young adult novel but more adult in its wisdom than many grown-up tales. I’ve been recommending it to everyone, regardless of age.”– Christopher Bram, author of The Notorious Dr. August
“Hard Love is hip and compelling. This gutsy book remind us that in love and friendship, often there are no easy answers. Ellen Wittlinger’s masterstroke is that she makes us rejoice in a difficult, but honest, resolution.” – Rob Thomas, author of Rats Saw God.