What spurred your interest in the Civil War, Margret Mitchell's Gone With the Wind or Bruce Catton's Glory Road. Fiction or non-fiction books?

Romance writer Mary Ellis will be the keynote speaker at this year's Cuyahoga Valley Civil War Round Table banquet. She will be presenting "A Case for Historical Fiction" on Sept. 10 at 6 p.m. in Peninsula's G.A.R. Hall.

Ellis is the first fiction writer to speak at the group's banquet in the 55 years of its existence.

Seventeen of the 20 books Ellis has written have been published. Although most of her books take place among the Amish, her last books have taken place during the Civil War. To date, her Civil War Heroine Series includes The Quaker and the Rebel (January 2014) and most recently the Lady and the Officer (Aug. 1). Mary said the last in the series, The Last Heiress, will be released in February 2015.

Ellis was born in Cleveland and graduated from Maple Heights High School. She earned a Bachelor's Degree in elementary education from Cleveland State University. After college, she taught school for 10 years and worked as a substitute for two. She began writing in 1997.

For details, call 330-571-8937 or e-mail gphuff2@msn.com for a registration form.