Liz is…

Elizabeth Kipps (Also answers to: Lizzy. Liz. Hey, you.)

Occupation: Mild-mannered dental assistant by day. Wannabe novelist and sporadic blogger by night.

Residence: The ever-inspiring Shenandoah Valley, Virginia.

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I penned (well, penciled, probably) my first story in about the first or second grade. It centered around an ocelot. Further details escape my feeble memory, but my then-toddler brother judged the story to be pretty cool. Thus was a passion born.

Many fanciful creations populated my youth. Gnomes, talking animals, magic dishwashers, and poorly plotted Amazonian adventures, to name a few. This creative fount ran a little dry through my high school and college years, but would eventually return.

In early adulthood, I let my pen loose again, starting an unconventional and not entirely unsuccessful blog called The Fair Base Ballist. Later, I went on to add a food blog (Nutella Enchanted) to the baseball gig.

It was late 2012 when the story bug come back and bit me. Inspired by greats like George MacDonald and C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien and Lloyd Alexander, I turned once again to crafting stories in the fantasy genre. In five years, I’ve written five novels: a trilogy, and two fairy-tale retellings.

My stories, though fantasy, are not of the epic variety. Readers seeking quests, battles, and fate-of-the-world-hanging-in-the-balance type drama won’t be my biggest fans. My work is more pastoral and character driven. To me, the worlds I create are less important than the people who populate them. Guiding my characters towards lives of truth and meaning is my ultimate goal.

This goal is a mere reflection of what I believe to be the purpose of life for all of us. My stories are- I hope- entertaining on the surface level. Ultimately, though, they are meant to be mirrors. To offer readers a unique and worthwhile experience. To give them a glimmering glimpse of that which is realest of the real, truest of the true.

I don’t claim to have achieved what I strive for yet. But, by the grace of God, I’ll have the rest of my life to keep on striving.

For more details on my writing and beliefs, see the following blog posts:

What I Believe (And Why)

What I Write: An Introduction

What I Write: Part Two