Writer & Speaker 
(480) 540-1906​

 ""My tongue is the pen of a ready writer"
  (Ps. 45:1).

Committed to helping everyday people connect through reading and writing.

From the time she learned the alphabet, Effie's been a writer. Public speaking came much later--after she overcame shyness. Today, she writes  both fiction and nonfiction professionally and  speaks for various groups. 

Effie cares about students, government, active military/veterans, biblical studies, and family values.  

The importance of letter writing, whether in cursive or typed, is her special interest.

Prior to moving to Arizona in 1990, she grew up in Iowa. "To this day I claim the Midwestern 'work ethic.'" 
After 43 years of marriage, Effie became a widow in 2004. She is the mother of three grown children and has seven grandchildren, including twin granddaughters.

Currently a retired Realtor®, she lives in Maricopa, Arizona. Read Effie’s blog at www.KilroyWasHereUSA.wordpress.com. 
You may click on the "BLOG" button above for your convenience. 

Effie is a published free-lance writer. Her articles on travel, family, and faith have appeared in the Des Moines Register, Standard Publishing, Confident Living, Baptist Bulletin, Regular Baptist Press, Woman’s World, The Times of Fountain Hills, The Lookout, Focus on the Family, The Compass, and Family Circle, among others. To read online, “Google” the name “Effie-Alean Gross.” An inspiring speaker, she conducts writing workshops plus a recent memoir project, “Letters from the Heart.”


Effie holds a BA in English and Education and an MA in English (1990), earned at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa. For a decade, Effie taught composition and creative writing at Paradise Valley Community College in Phoenix, until retiring in 2014.

Visits to Israel, Jordan, Egypt, France, England, Ireland, Scotland, Estonia, Sweden, Russia, Mexico, and Canada have prepared Effie to better understand cultures differing from her own. Every experience is a writing opportunity.