About Elizabeth

Award-winning author of YA Fiction

Here is a quick Q&A about me (and send me an email if I miss anything important.)

Where are you from?

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There are four possible answers:

  1. USA: I’ve lived my entire life in the United States of America.
  2. Tennessee: Memphis is my birthplace.
  3. Mississippi: Tupelo is the town where I was raised. Generally, this is what I answer if I think you’re asking about my childhood.
  4. North Carolina: I’ve lived here over half of my life. NC is home.

How would you describe yourself?
I’ll use nouns: wife, mother, daughter, sister, friend, software engineer, writer.

What do you like to do in your free time?
I don’t have a lot of free time—but when I do, I’m either watching TV, traveling to distant places, or exercising with little enthusiasm.

What other jobs have you held besides writer?
Oh, wow, lots. Here is just a sampling:

  1. Best job: Mom.
  2. Easiest job: Concessionaire (selling popcorn) at a movie theatre.
  3. Hardest job: Officer in the United States Air Force.
  4. Longest job: Software engineer.

What would people be surprised to know about you?

  1. I can talk like a duck.
  2. I’ve never read the Harry Potter books.
  3. I keep Christmas decorations up in my house year-round.
  4. I’m allergic to chocolate.
  5. I’ve been to Antarctica.

What do you love?
Family, friends, waterfalls, mountains, penguins, travel (train, plane, boat!), Bath&BodyWorks

What do you hate?
Cilantro. Everything else that I loathe pales when compared to cilantro (and its evil twin coriander).

Why do you write?
[stares blankly] How could I not write?


Whisper Falls

  • Bronze Medal, Moonbeam Children’s Book Award, YA Historical Fiction (2013)

I Wish

  • Golden Heart® finalist, Romance Writers of America® (2009)

Leaving Eden

  • Grand Prize, Gateway to the Best -Missouri Romance Writers (2011)