As a child, I loved to read: biographies, mysteries, sports stories, fantasy, history–I loved it all (and still do). I loved the Winnie the Pooh books and memorized some of A.A. Milne’s poems. I read every book in the Oz series. We had a poster of all the Newbery Award winners, and my brothers and I had a contest to see who could read them all first. As I’m still reading Newbery Award books, I think I’m the winner.
I decided at an early age to become a writer. I used to write small stories and give them as gifts to friends and family. When I was twelve, I entered “Chester, the Different Dog” in a magazine contest. The story was about a dog who was teased by the other dogs because he had a cat named Buttermilk as a friend. Buttermilk taught Chester how to climb trees, which made his dog friends jealous. So, Chester got his dog friends and his cat friend together. And everyone lived happily ever after. My story did not win the contest, but I still have a copy of it:
Writing keeps me busy, but I’ve had a lot of other jobs too including babysitting, cross-pollinating corn, typing newspaper advertisements, stuffing envelopes, answering phones, and setting up databases. Eventually I got a Masters in Library Science and became a librarian. I loved being a librarian!
When my children were born, I decided to stay home to take care of them and spend more time on my writing. After a few years, I went back to work part-time as a teacher, which is what I’m doing now. I teach composition and Children’s Literature at the University of Wisconsin, Stevens Point.
I love to travel and have lived in Indiana, France, Indiana, California, Colorado, Louisiana, Idaho, Washington, Wisconsin, Germany, Wisconsin, and Poland (in that order).
In 2012, after Syncopation was published, I did a SPARC spotlight radio interview. In the first half of the interview, I mostly talk about teaching. The second half focuses more on my life as a writer.
I enjoy working with writers, leading workshops, and talking with school children. Please contact me at elizabethcfelt at gmail.com if you’d like me to visit your bookstore, classroom, or conference.