Ellen Gray Massey, of
"When I came to the Ozarks I was fascinated because a lot of the customs in the Ozarks they did longer than other places," she recalls. "So I was always interested in that, so I started writing about it."
She's been living in the
The quarterly magazine was published
in the 70's and early 80's by
Ellen retired in 1986, but her second career has taken off in recent years. She's now an accomplished author, publishing factual and fictional books about life in the Ozarks. Just in the last year, Massey Gray had four books go to print.
"All of my books are in the
Ozarks or in
Ellen was one of the first inductees
into the Writers Hall of Fame of
Ellen has also given talks for the Missouri Humanities Council and spoke to countless groups across the region about the history of the Ozarks.