Mary Ellen Quigley was born in Hammond, Indiana. She is the youngest of two children. Mary Ellen got the writing bug as a child in the fifth grade. The assignment was to write a funny story, and she has loved writing ever since.

Mary Ellen’s love of writing continued when she went off to Marian University in the fall of 2000. She graduated in 2004 with a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education and Music. Mary Ellen also attended Calumet College of St. Joseph, in order to complete state teacher licensing requirements and graduated with honors in 2008.

Mary Ellen took time after college to focus on caring for her ailing parents. She joined the hospitality industry in 2011, the same year she released her first book. Her day job has taken her all around the country, but her heart remains in Indiana.

In October 2017, Mary Ellen was diagnosed with ovarian cancer where she underwent surgery and chemotherapy. She was officially declared in remission as of April 2018. Her journey with cancer was chronicled on her YouTube channel, and she actively advocates for ovarian cancer awareness.

When not writing, Mary Ellen can be found with her nose in a good book. She also enjoys gardening, crafts, spoiling her niece and nephew rotten, and spending time with family.