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All About Elizabeth

Elizabeth Langston lives in North Carolina, halfway between the beach and the mountains. She has 2 college-age daughters, one old husband, and too many computers to count. When she's not writing software or stories, Elizabeth is watching dance reality shows on TV or dreaming of far-away places to visit. THE POSSIBILITY OF SOMEWHERE (writing as Julia Day), is her first YA contemporary romance. Elizabeth also has 2 YA magical realism series out, WHISPER FALLS and I WISH (writing as Elizabeth Langston.)

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Elizabeth's Fun Facts

Ruby Nickname:
Ruby Wishes

Hometown:
Raleigh

GH Year(s)
2005 2007 2009

Completed Manuscript(s)
The Possibility of Somewhere, Whisper Falls, A Whisper in Time, Whispers from the Past, I Wish, Wishing for You, Wish You Were Here

Genre(s):
YA contemporary, YA paranormal

Started Writing:
fall 2000

Day Job:
software quality analyst

For Fun:
travel, obsess over SYTYCD

Blog Posts from Elizabeth

Words of gratitude

Writing the acknowledgments to my books has always been one of my favorite things to do, because it lets me thank all of the people who help me write a story. So I’m taking an opportunity today to tell them again just how very grateful I am for the contributions they’ve made to my writing […]

Autism and writing what you know

I give a writing craft workshop called Write What Your Family Knows. The concept is partly about research, partly about a writer’s life. By mining my family’s interests or careers, I have instant access to a (mostly) inexhaustible source of expert information. Do I want an alpha hero? Little brother is an Army retiree. Do […]

It takes a family…

Most of my blog posts have writers as their target audience. Not this post.  Today I’m addressing our families. Living with a writer can be a tough job.  We’re odd creatures.  We do things that would get other people locked up—like hearing voices.  Sobbing randomly.  Plotting murder. You, our loved ones, worry about us.  You […]

Research for contemporaries: the intersection of Oklahoma!, lady umpires, and autism

I love research. I’m one of those authors who will spend so much time in research that I delay to dive into the writing for way too long. Maybe that’s procrastination, but I’d rather believe it comes from a deeper need to be so familiar with my characters’ backstories that the words just flow. My first […]

Fun with Names

I love naming my characters. It’s fun to think through the millions of possibilities, picking each name for its perfect sound, its underlying meaning, the uncertainty of not knowing if someone will be insulted when I use it. Think about Fitzwilliam Darcy, a name that fills the mind with a proud, handsome man who quietly […]

Body language – an author’s occupational hazard

My best friend and I were sitting at lunch the other day, and a hot guy walked by. So I said, “That guy is hot.” (I’m eloquent that way.) “Would you say that in front of your husband?” she asked. “Sure would, and he doesn’t mind.” She expressed some disbelief on his behalf, but it’s […]

Where are they now? – GH classes of 2005 & 2007

Welcome to the next installment of our The Golden Heart Finalists: Where are they now? series. Today, the Rubies are hosting Golden Heart finalists from 2005 and 2007. Since the 2005 finalists were heading to Reno for the RWA Nationals, we chose to be “The Wild Cards.” The 2007 finalists met in Dallas–but, of course, with ‘007 […]

PSA: Just say no to wallets

I had originally planned to write this post about pet peeves in romance. But when I mentioned the problem with ‘condoms in wallets’ to my friends, they didn’t always know what I was talking about. So, I’ll talk about condoms today, and I’ll write about pet peeves another time. Here are two things I want to […]

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