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Meet the Author

May 18, 2022
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Ellie Brooks | Amanda’s Journey: A DNA Adventure


Amanda’s life will never be the same!

Her story begins  when she is given DNA tests kits by an attorney.  The results are confusing— a list of people she doesn’t know.  With the help of a genetic genealogist, Amanda  meets her new relatives,  including the twin sister she didn’t know she had— learning, along the way, the true story of why she was adopted, while marveling at the lives of those in her biological family.

This event will be moderated by Kali White VanBaale, a Des Moines-area creative writing professor and award-winning author of novels, short stories, essays, and articles. www.kaliwhite.com




About the Author…

Ellie Brooks


Ellie Brooks and her husband, Loy, are retired and live in Surprise, Arizona, and Des Moines, Iowa.  For more than forty years, Ellie has been a genealogist and has included DNA as one of her search tools for the last six years.  When Covid-19 struck the country, Ellie needed a project to fill her time.  She decided to use her skills to help adoptees find their birth parents.  It became her passion.  She was amazed at the stories she discovered and shared with her adoptee clients.  Amanda’s Journey is her first novel.



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