Ethlie Ann Vare

Ethlie Ann Vare

Author, Journalist, Screenwriter

Author, Screenwriter, Lecturer, Playwright

After working her way through college as a DJ (the radio kind, not the club kind), Ethlie Ann Vare became a rock music journalist, corresponding for publications like BillboardDaily Variety and the Hollywood Reporter and editing the seminal ROCK Magazine. She also appeared on camera as a pop culture reporter on E! Entertainment Television. She then went on to scripted television, writing and producing shows including CSIGene Roddenberry’s Andromeda, Dick Wolf’s PlayersSilk Stalkings and Renegade.

In print, Ethlie started off writing biographies of pop culture figures from Frank Sinatra to Ozzy Osbourne, and then co-authored the award-winning pop histories MOTHERS OF INVENTION: From the Bra to the Bomb, Forgotten Women and Their Unforgettable Ideas and PATENTLY FEMALE: From AZT to TV Dinners, Women Inventors and Their Breakthrough Ideas. Her last book was LOVE ADDICT: Sex, Romance and Other Dangerous Drugs, a funny and revelatory volume about addiction and recovery based on her popular blog Affection Deficit Disorder. 

Her latest book is a total departure: WOOF!, a picture book for kids that tells the touching story of a girl and her dog. Or maybe he’s a wolf. He thinks so.

Recent Projects


By Ethlie Ann Vare (March 14, 2023)

Love Addict: Sex, Romance and Other Dangerous Drugs

By Ethlie Ann Vare HCI Press (September 2011)

Patently Female: From AZT to TV Dinners, Stories of Women Inventors and Their Breakthrough Ideas

by Ethlie Ann Vare and Greg Ptacek (November 2001)

As Featured In


Gene Roddenberry's Andromeda: "The scripts are brimming with witty interplay. The show has no lack of darker themes... but what really distinguishes it is this lively sense of the absurd. It’s bright, brash and doesn’t take itself too seriously. A Stellar Level event for fans of science fiction telly."
Starburst Magazine
Patently Female: "In their sequel to Mothers of Invention, Vare and Ptacek explore female innovators—a role history has often failed to record, let alone reward. Women's ideas—like the cotton gin, automatic sewing machine and even the Brooklyn Bridge—have often been attributed to men; history books and museums like the Smithsonian and the National Inventors Hall of Fame have ignored women's achievements. The book's lighthearted, colloquial style makes it ideal for classrooms."
Publisher's Weekly
Love Addict: "More than a recovery guide for love addicts. Vare's humorist style takes the reader on a journey through love addiction throughout the ages and explains the science behind it.... Her humor makes even the drier, more technical side of addiction easy to understand and fun to read."
Counselor Magazine