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ABOUT ME: Ellen Gaffney

Wings for a Flower is my first children's book.  


For as long as I can remember, I've been making art, but I have not made a career as an artist.  That made me hesitant to take on the job of illustrating this book. I did have a vision of how I wanted it to look though, so I took courses in Children's Book Illustration at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts Boston; joined the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators as well as an illustrator group; attended conferences and workshops; studied children's picture books; and did whatever I could to make the artwork as beautiful as the actual place and people of the story are.



     For the past ten years or so, I've been doing lots of volunteer work. Our three children (now grown up) and my husband and I have all been active supporters of and volunteers for the Free Wheelchair Mission. In addition to my trip to India in 2005, I went with two very skilled physical therapists on a wheelchair training and distribution trip to El Salvador in May 2013. 

     Our family has raised three dogs for Canine Companions for Independence, the oldest service dog organization in the U.S. 
     I've been a volunteer board member with the Roxbury Home for Aged Women for over a decade, and was a Reach Out and Read volunteer with the Boston Children's Hospital for a number of years (until I decided it was time to get my own book done!).

     And before all of that, I received a B.A. from Boston College, and and M.B.A. from Simmons College.  I've worked as a Product Manager at a couple of computer companies, and for about 15 years I taught first at Boston College and then at Boston University. 

    I live in the Boston area and I'd love to have the opportunity to share Lotus' story with anyone else who feels it's just not right for people to have to crawl on the ground.  Please contact me for more information, and check out my website at  You can also find out more about The Free Wheelchair Mission at:

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