The short and sweet version:
Elizabeth Eulberg was born and raised in Wisconsin before heading off to college at Syracuse University and making a career in the New York City book biz. Now a full-time writer, she is the author of The Lonely Hearts Club, Prom & Prejudice, Take a Bow, and Revenge of the Girl with the Great Personality. She lives outside of Manhattan with her three guitars, two keyboards, and one drumstick.
The long and babbling version:
Growing up, three things dominated my life: traveling, music and reading. I still have passion for all three today.
My love of travel prompted me to become a foreign exchange student the summer between my junior and senior year of high school (if you do it in the summer – no homework!). I lived in the tiny village of Bühler, Switzerland and got to travel all around Switzerland. I also studied abroad my junior year of college in London. I have since travelled extensively around Europe, been to Australia (twice!), New Zealand, Argentina… I have a lot more places that I want to go and think Chile is going to be next on my list, but I also really want to travel around the countryside of Ireland since I’ve only been to Dublin. So many places…
My next reading craze happened when I started reading the Sweet Valley High series. My mother always encouraged us to read. While some people would prefer their children to read more “literary” books, my mother didn’t care. She was just happy I was biking to the library every day to pick up the next book. When I finished that series, my mother put Homecoming by Cynthia Voigt in my hand. I quickly read the sequel, Dicey’s Song, and then every book written by Ms. Voigt.
When I was in Switzerland for the summer, I’d read all the books I brought with me, so I went to a bookstore and scanned the one rack of English-language books and bought the thickest one: Stephen King’s Four Past Midnight. For the remainder of high school and college, I pretty much read Stephen King exclusively.
One would think that a career in publishing would be a given, but not quite…
I went to Syracuse University and attended the Newhouse School of Public Communications, which has one of the best PR programs in the country. After graduation, I got a job at a small entertainment PR firm. I wanted to work in music, film or TV. Then I got a fateful call from a reporter asking about a book published by one of our licensing clients. When I called the head of publicity at the publishing company, he mentioned they were looking for a publicist. And asked if I knew of anybody. Feeling unhappy at my current job, I quickly said yes. I had the new position the next week.
I worked in publishing for over 10 years (yes, I started when I was 14) on numerous titles from picture books to middle-grade to young adult. I’ve been able to meet some of the amazing authors I admired as a child. But never did I ever think that I would be an author myself.
Finally, I decided to give it a try. I started with a couple of ideas that fizzled out, mostly because they were too serious. Then I remembered the books that I really enjoyed as a teen, books that were fun. It wasn’t easy and took a long time, but I finally did it. The Lonely Hearts Club came out in December 2009, followed by Prom & Prejudice, Take a Bow, and Revenge of the Girl with the Great Personality.
And in early 2011, I made the transition to writing full-time. Hopefully, this is just the beginning of my story.
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