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Elana A. Mugdan

Author | The Shadow War Saga

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Elana A. Mugdan is an author and screenwriter based in New York City. She has received many accolades in the film industry, including a number of awards for her feature-length comedy, Director’s Cut. In 2015 she stepped away from film to focus on her writing career, and in 2016 her debut fantasy novel, Dragon Speaker, was released in the UK via Pen Works Media.

For the past two years, Elana has devoted her time to traveling across the country on book tour. She has appeared at schools, libraries, and bookstores nationwide to talk about her award-winning series, The Shadow War Saga. Her second novel, Dragon Child, launched in May 2019 at the Union Square Barnes & Noble, the world’s largest bookstore. Her third novel, Dragon Blood, was released in March 2020.


Recently, Elana garnered acclaim and media attention for her year-long stint without use of a smartphone. In a contest sponsored by Coca Cola and vitaminwater, Elana agreed to forego use of any handheld scrolling technology for 365 days. She found the experience liberating and enlightening, and has done a series of talks on the subject.

Elana currently resides in Queens, living a quiet but eccentric life with her pet rescue snake, Medusa.


You can follow Elana's struggles on Twitter, you can see a gilded sliver of her writing life on Instagram, and you can read the salty blog which she rarely bothers to update here.


If you're interested in working with Elana to book a school, library, or bookstore event, please visit our contact page and use the form to get in touch! If you're interested in writing, editing, and publishing services, click here.

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