Ellen Perduyn

Fiction | The University of Akron | Class of 2022 (December)

Ellen Perduyn’s thesis brings us into the world of fundraising in a megachurch where, to Nancy, a telemarketer, the numbers don’t add up but choosing to blow the whistle will upend all the good work they do, until murder changes everything.

About Ellen

Ellen Perduyn is a freelance writer for large nonprofits, and a professional narrative medicine leader currently for homeless veterans. She holds a B.S. from Skidmore College.

What’s on your nightstand right now?

I have just finished Natural Born Heroes by Christopher McDougall, who turned WWII oral history on the Greek island of Crete into an eye-popping story.

Your favorite place to write while in the NEOMFA?

I wrote in front of a window overlooking the viney swamp of a lake cove. The drama on my page had to keep up with the stories I saw of wild critters swooping down for a wiggling fish dinner, or sneaking by.

What are your favorite words? Why?

Keeping a list of words is a passion of mine. “Rivulet,” heard on a podcast, vibrated so beautifully. “Parsimonious” I like, too. It is mouth-watering to say, and somehow upgrades the meaning of lots of lesser little words.