I have been writing since age ten, starting with short stories and poems that I would read to anyone willing to listen. In elementary school, during recess, I would make up stories and read them aloud, sometimes acting them out, alone in the bathroom before the mirror. Prior to that, my imagination was unceasing. People might have thought me a recluse, but I had a multitude of friends and activities going on all the time in my private world. There has been a passion and a power in me. Even as a child, I knew that was where the writing came from.
I plan to write novels. Specifically, I plan to write literature that intricately explores some of the most unavoidable aspects of this human condition, some of which are: The artfulness of—and the relentless persistence of—the lies we tell ourselves to make everything alright; The ways we’re inherently trapped (in the body, behind sense and perception, within institutions, societies, cultures, disabilities, etc.) and our astonishingly resourceful, spiraling ways to transcend; Self-serving motivations that cause us to transgress peaceful coexistence and the consequences (both positive and negative) of these; Our complicity in situations by which we feel victimized.
My goal is to write literature that compels readers to examine their own ethical and existential questions or dilemmas, social values, and prejudices. Most importantly, I plan to write prolifically. Writing is simply my highest purpose. The passion of it and the pulling, calling power from which it comes has always been mine. I choose to answer the call.
Here is my bio (in the third person):
Elizabeth Earley holds a BA in Creative Writing and an MFA in Fiction from Antioch University Los Angeles. Her stories and essays have appeared in Time Out Magazine, The Chicago Reader, Geek Magazine, Outside Magazine, Gnome Magazine, Hyper Text Magazine, The Windy City Times, Hayden’s Ferry Review, The First Line Magazine, Fugue, Hair Trigger, Role/Reboot, Ms. Fit Magazine, and Hoot. The Hair Trigger piece won the David Friedman Memorial Prize for the best story in that anthology. Elizabeth has twice been a finalist for the AWP New Journals Award, has received two pushcart nominations, and was a finalist for the 2011 Able Muse Write Prize for Fiction and for the Bakeless Literary Prize for Fiction. A new novel excerpt, “Backbone”, won an Honorable Mention in the Glimmer Train March 2013 Fiction Open contest. She serves as editor and curator of Bleed, a literary blog from Jaded Ibis Press. Her debut novel, A Map of Everything, will be available in March 2014 from Jaded Ibis Press.