Elizabeth grew up in the small town of Los Alamos, CA. At a young age, she found herself drawn to both the written word and the stage. After graduating from Allan Hancock College, she was offered a scholarship to study Shakespeare and British Literature at the University of London, UK. During her time there, her passion for both writing and the performing arts grew. At the age of 20, Elizabeth moved to Los Angeles, CA, where she found success as a model and actress. She has appeared in catalogs, magazines, advertisements, music videos, commercials, television, radio, and film.
She founded Woodland Studios with her mother, Janet, in 2012. Together, they have produced short and feature length films, including the award winning film The Fishnet Hypothesis.
Elizabeth's writing has been featured in multiple publications, and her best selling horror collections are currently being adapted for film. Writing for horror, young adult, and middle grade audiences, she really does write a little something for everyone.
With the success of her books and film career, and her extensive background in public speaking, Elizabeth has been invited to speak at numerous events and gives seminars and workshops at horror and writing conventions each year.
She is known by her family and friends for her creative flair, and she has always said that there is nothing more exciting than putting your imagination to work.
The human mind; a cage for our wildest fears and our deepest darkest secrets; a playground for our imaginations as well as our best… and worst intentions. I've always been fascinated by humans. While we all have a similar operating system, none of us will experience life exactly the same way. There are some things in us that are purely instinctual - fight or flight for example. But what makes someone stand in the face of fear rather than run away screaming? What drives one person mad while another is seemingly unaffected by a similar situation?
Our lives are a fabric woven from situations and a steady stream of choices. The pathways we can create seem to be limitless. The average adult makes 35,000 choices in a day. Brushing your teeth is a choice - going to work, reading the news, picking up that cup for a sip of coffee, turning onto a particular street on the way home - all choices. So, what if we made different choices? What would those paths look like? In my writing and film projects, I love to explore exactly this. My characters are in the driver's seat, making choices at every turn. Whether I'm writing a screenplay or horror, young adult, or children's fiction, I don't take the story for granted. Even if I have a clear outcome in mind, I create space for the characters to surprise me and change their path.
Edgar Allen Poe said: “Words have no power to impress the mind without the exquisite horror of their reality.” What's real is humans are complicated and unpredictable creatures with the potential for both beauty and complete destruction, and this is where fiction meets reality. The characters may be made up, but the potential is there in any one of us.
As a kid with a wild imagination, I was very fortunate to grow up with a mother who told me I could do anything I put my mind to and a father who had a real talent for storytelling. I would watch in awe as he recited his original cowboy poetry to audiences of people. I definitely got my ambition from my mom and my creative streak from my dad.
When I was five, I made my very first book - complete with illustrations of course! The folded over, staple bound, construction paper pages told the story of a herd of magical unicorns (not that any unicorn isn't magical, but I was five so magic seemed important to emphasize). It was then I knew I wanted to be a writer.
The road certainly hasn't been an easy one; I like to say that the road to our dreams is often paved with nightmares. I truly believe though anything is possible, and there is a lot to be said for following your heart and not giving up on your dreams.
I may not write about unicorns anymore, but I still have great passion for storytelling, and I am excited to have the opportunity to share some of my wild creations with you.