Elyse Bruce is a professional musician, composer, singer-songwriter, playwright and author, illustrator and visual artist, as well as the parent of a teen with multiple disabilities and health conditions. She balances her time writing music, songs, plays and novels, articles, painting and illustrating, and mastering new technology, as well as teaching songwriting and marketing courses.
She owns and authors three blog sites: The Elyse Bruce blog, the Missy Barrett blog, and the Idiomation blog. A number of her articles have been published, republished, and reblogged by mainstream and alternate media. An active member in the Idle No More movement, her focus is on bringing facts to the forefront to effectively address myths and misperceptions that affect Indigenous peoples.
Elyse has more than 20 published books to her name as well as two instrumental CDs — “Quietudes” and “Dreamtime” — and the “Countdown To Midnight” CD. She has illustrated novels and short stories the most recent of which is “Amazing Adventures” anthology of pulp fiction short stories edited by award-winning author and scriptwriter, Joel Mark Harris.
She is the mom of a son with multiple serious health conditions including autism spectrum disorder, Myasthenia Gravis (a rare, incurable, life-threatening neuromuscular disease that strikes 2 in 1 million children), and an assortment of less-serious-than-those-already-mentioned diagnosed health issues. Elyse is also very active in a number of disability and rights communities across Canada and the United States.
As busy as she is, Elyse makes time to create and promote new and exciting projects and awareness events that involve — and benefit — as many people as possible.
In her spare time, she bakes chocolate chip cookies which she then generously shares with friends and family.