About Elizabeth

Award-winning author of YA Fiction

Here is a quick Q&A about me.

Where are you from?

photo of julia day

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?
Wife, mother, daughter, sister, friend, software engineer, veteran, 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, reading, 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 theater.
  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 by train, plane, or boat!

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)

The Possibility of Somewhere / Leaving Eden

  • Bookseller’s Best Award for YA Fiction (2017)
  • Grand Prize, Gateway to the Best -Missouri Romance Writers (2011)