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USA Today bestselling author Ellen Byron’s Cajun Country Mysteries have won multiple Agatha and Lefty awards. Bayou Book Thief, the first book in her new Vintage Cookbook Mysteries, was nominated for  Agatha and Anthony awards, and won the Lefty for Best Humorous Mystery. She writes the Catering Hall Mystery series, (under the name Maria DiRico) and debuts the Golden Motel Mysteries with A Very Woodsy Murder in 2024.


Ellen is an award-winning playwright and non-award-winning TV writer of comedies like WINGS, JUST SHOOT ME, and FAIRLY ODD PARENTS. She has written over two hundred articles for national magazines but considers her most impressive credit working as a cater-waiter for Martha Stewart.


She blogs with Chicks on the Case, is a lifetime member of the Writers Guild of America, serves on the national board of Mystery Writers of America, and was the 2023 Left Coast Crime Toastmaster.

A native New Yorker, Ellen is a graduate of Tulane University, hence her love of both cities. She lives in the Los Angeles area with her husband, daughter, and a rotating crew of rescue pups.

For Ellen's TV credits, click here.

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Literary Agent:

Doug Grad

Doug Grad Literary Agency

7 Woodlands Road

Salem, MA 01970


Film and Television:

Joel Gotler

Intellectual Property Group

12400 Wilshire Blvd., Ste. 500

Los Angeles, CA 90025

(310) 402-5154


Kensington Books

Berkley Prime Crime

Crooked Lane Books

Severn House 


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