Ellis-Bell is a recognized literary agent, former professor
and author. She divides her time between New York and
her mountain home in northern California which she shares
with two parrots, three dogs, fifty-one koi, and a husband
who understands and accepts her passion for animals.
visit to her home is always an adventure since her birds
are not confined to their cages, and are always interacting
with both dogs and humans. Phone conversations can be
parrot-interactive, so most of Nancy's business calls
are made from her office cottage or in her downtown office.
Preparing meals is also an adventure, shared with all
five animals who have become expert "tasters".
Bird bathing is another kitchen-centered event; Will the
scarlet macaw bathes in the sink, while Zachy the cherry
headed conure bathes in a plastic tumbler held on Nancy's
shoulder. Nancy gets a bath, too.
evening at home for Nancy and her husband reveals two
humans and five animals sharing one, big sofa - all watching
carefully chosen television programs suitable for excitable
parrots and a highly vocal English Bulldog.