Ellen Gunderson Traylor
"America's Foremost Biblical Novelist," Ellen is a gifted storyteller who brings characters of the Bible to life. Her many bestselling novels have sold about a million copies in English, with numerous foreign translations.
Traylor's novels include Song of Abraham; John - Son of Thunder; Mary Magdalene; Noah; Ruth - A Love Story; Jonah; Esther; Joseph - Dreamer of Dreams; Mark - Eyewitness; Moses - The Deliverer; Joshua - God's Warrior; Melchizedek - King of Jerusalem; and Samson. Jerusalem - the City of God, is a sweeping epic archaeological novel that weaves intrigue and inspiration into the hauntingly beautiful cityscape of the Holy City.
The Priest is her first contemporary novel, a story of international intrigue regarding the Israeli efforts to rebuild their ancient temple and the forces that conspire against their dream. The Oracle is the sequel, following the further adventures of hero David Rothmeyer, a young archaeologist, and his friends, and The Cornerstone is the third in the trilogy.
Gabriel - The War in Heaven is the first in a new series (Gabriel - God's Hero) following the adventures of the archangels as they tell the story of redemption across time and space. Compared to works of Tolkien and C.S. Lewis, Traylor's approach is delightful for young and old.
Traylor has also written a regional book on the history of Florence, Oregon (A Bridge Back - The Early Days of Florence, Oregon - Port Hole Publications, 2009). The book was sponsored by Merchants of Old Town Florence, was published for the 150th anniversary of the state, and was accepted into the archives of the Daughters of the American Revolution in Washington D.C., for its faithful portrayal of regional history.
Something Like Scales - Finding Light in a Dark World, is her first book of personal reflection, and delves into the issues that keep us spiritually stunted and how to rise above them.
In addition to writing bestselling books, Traylor has been a magazine/newspaper columnist and correspondent. An award-winning feature writer, Traylor has written screenplays and political speeches, and was a contributing writer and researcher for the Tyndale Family Bible Encyclopedia project.
A former English and Journalism instructor, with a Master's Degree in English, Traylor has taught courses at virtually every level, including those she created on writing for publication for Whitworth College and Eastern Washington University (Spokane, WA). Her "Write-On! Seminars" teach the ropes to published and aspiring writers. Traylor has created and taught fiction writing classes for the Mount Hermon and Seattle Pacific University's Christian Writers' Conferences, and Oregon Christian Writers Conferences..
Traylor has been a television and radio talk-show host. She has been interviewed by numerous magazines and newspapers and has been a guest on many national radio and television programs. She is a sought-after speaker for seminars, conventions, conferences, church and school events. Her "Beauty for Ashes" retreat is a popular event for Christian organizations. If you would like to schedule Ms. Traylor for an event, feel free to contact us. Visit her Beauty for Ashes site here.
Traylor owns Port Hole Bookstore in Gardiner, OR, specializing in new/used and rare books, book searches, special orders and appraisals. Traylor has been the book appraiser for Discovery.com, and was a Sothebys/eBay Master Dealer in rare books.
Traylor’s own publishing house, Port Hole Publishing, enjoys publishing the works of other fine authors. Port Hole Publications is a supplier for the Christian Booksellers Association, as well as Ingram Distribution and Amazon.com.
Traylor is the mother of two strapping sons, Aaron and Nathan. She and her husband, Richard Schulz, divide their time between homes in Montana and Oregon.