Rusty and DaLea EllisRusty Ellis is the eldest of seven children born to Paul and Shari Ellis. He grew up living in a number of different cities, due to his father’s career in the U.S. Air Force. Rusty has lived in California (where he was born), Utah, Florida, Alaska, Virginia, Idaho, Wyoming, and in Las Vegas, Nevada, where he now resides.

Rusty met his wife in Rexburg, Idaho, while attending college. The two were married a short time after (six months later!) and have continued to date and court to this day. Rusty and DaLea have six children, five daughters-in-law, one son-in-law, and eight grandchildren (with two more on the way).

DaLea is employed as a Realtor and Rusty retired from active law enforcement duty in 2018.

Rusty wrote his first book in 2005, The Blank Slate. He is currently working on a Crime Series around his character Ransom Walsh.

Rusty publishes short family stories and articles on his website ( and on He enjoys spending time with his family, his two dogs, hunting deer with his friends, and riding his Victory motorcycle.