Episode 54: Myths, Legends, and Classic Literature with William David Ellis


William David Ellis is a storyteller. Whether it's weaving an old narrative into an entertaining and illuminating yarn or fashioning something brand new from wisps of legend, he can tell a story. He is the son of an English teacher, the husband of an English teacher, and the father of an English teacher, in spite of them, he occasionally punctuates. He lives in East Texas and has breakfast with some of the people who inspired his books twice a week. His contributions to publication include:

  • columns in small and large newspapers across Texas, the most infamous of which was entitled, "In the Ground or on the Grill", a comparison between cremation and traditional funeral costs. (Talk about stir up a stink! irate old ladies chewed on me for a month)

  • short stories, some of which have actually been written, Reflections a Sherlock Holmes story.

  • novels, three of which are exhibited here and the rest of which are either shipwrecked on the shores of imagination or in the oven as we speak.


When we first started talking David said “By the end of this thing we may just be kin.” I have to say, we came damn close to it. He is one of those guys you can sit down and talk to for days and still want more. David is definitely a storyteller and one of the most fascinating people I have met. I really look forward to talking to him again, I hope you enjoy our conversation on this episode of the DIY Writer Podcast.

A FEW THINGS THAT YOU’LL LEARN IN THIS EPISODE


  1. Sherlock Holmes is Public Domain.

  2. Texas is awesome.

  3. Creativity is contagious.


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