DB 031: Puppy Place Author Ellen Miles On Her Writing Process and Inspiring Kids To Start Reading One Book At A Time

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A few months ago, my husband and I asked Eva who she would most like to have on the podcast and she immediately answered:  ELLEN MILES!!!   Ellen is one of Eva’s favorite authors and she has devoured all the books in her popular Puppy Place and Kitty Corner series. The writer of the Puppy Place and Kitty Corner series of children’s books,   Ellen and Eva both LOVE dogs, so it is no surprise that Ellen likes to write about them and that Eva loves her books.  Born in New York City, Ellen now lives in Vermont and loves to be outdoors every day, walking, biking, skiing, or swimming, depending on the season.


  • When Ellen fell in love with dogs and cats.
  • Why Ellen decided to be an author and write about animals.
  • How Ellen came up with the Puppy Place series.
  • How “what if” questions help Ellen build her stories.
  • What inspires Ellen to keep on writing for kids.
  • Ellen’s message to big dreamers who would love to start writing their own stories.
  • How Ellen overcomes “Writer’s Block.”
  • What Ellen’s hobbies are (aside from writing).
  • What Ellen considers her greatest achievement so far.
  • How long it takes for Ellen to write a book.
  • How Ellen overcomes any doubt that comes her way.
  • What Ellen’s big dream for the future is.
  • Ellen’s favorite authors growing up.


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