About Liz

I grew up in the rural Midwest surrounded by fields, blue sky, and a multitude of comical animals. I became a keen observer with a big imagination. Books helped me learn about my world. I was fascinated with animals, science, and maps. Books also transported me to fantastical places I only dreamed of. Many nights, I would fall asleep with my own stories dancing in my head. Though I loved to read and create stories, writing wasn’t always my favorite subject in school. It wasn’t until high school when my love of writing came back – thanks to an amazing English teacher. After college, I wore many hats – a researcher, an elementary school teacher, and an audiologist. Most of the writing I did during those years was scientific and methodical in a “just the facts, ma’am” kind of way.

When my own children arrived, I rediscovered my love of creative writing. I began sharing those childhood stories that danced in my head so long ago with them. I also loved reading story after story with them and watching them share stories with each other. Slowly with time, my love of writing came back and it hasn’t slept since.

With heart and humor, I love observing our amazing world and using my imagination to create my stories.

I live in central Iowa with my husband, two teenagers, and two enormous but lovable dogs: a rescue mix named Finn and a Spinone Italiano named Luigi.

A few fun facts about me….

I am a decent cookie baker, but I am an outstanding cookie eater.

I am the youngest of 30 grandchildren.

I love the ocean, especially tide pools.

Growing up, I wanted to be a marine biologist.

I love playing cards and board games with my family.

I once had a baby bunny, a snapping turtle, and two Beagles named Bert and Ernie, but not all at the same time.

Some of my favorite books as a child were The Monster at the End of This Book, Charlotte’s Web, Tales of the Fourth Grade Nothing, and The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe.

I always wanted a wardrobe, because my closet didn’t have a hidden door to Narnia.

I love exploring old barns, especially with my dad.

I like to run, swim, and play tennis, sometimes all in the same day.

I am a terrible singer, but I still love to sing.