Welcome to Ellen Boyers Kwatnoski’s website – stories of secrets kept and told, of coming of age at any age, of love and its many facets.


Set in 1980s Washington, DC, Ellen’s debut novel, Still Life with Aftershocks tells the story of Mariah Boone as she cares for her dying older brother Henry. As Henry’s illness progresses, her life spins out of control: She’s trapped in a nasty scandal at work, her estranged husband violates his restraining order, and she must face the real villain in her and her brother’s lives, their father. Read more…

The novel was one of 50 semi-finalists out of 5,000 entrants in the 2012 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award Contest.

Spend a few minutes browsing the site to learn more about Ellen and her writing. Read an interview with Ellen. Read a recent review by Publisher’s Weekly, or visit Ellen’s blog, where she shares her experiences and sources of inspiration.