Born in Columbus, Georgia, Julie Ellis moved to New York at the age of sixteen, where she worked as a successful actress, playwright and producer off-Broadway. Her first novel was published in 1960, and between then and 1974 she wrote 143 contemporary, gothic and romantic suspense novels. She now writes one to four new books every year and is published in thirteen countries.
A single mother since 1972, Julie Ellis considers her daughter Susan and son Richard her major productions. She is a passionate environmentalist, and divides her time between her Manhattan apartment and beach house in Montauk.