My name is Elysia (ee-lee-sea-ah) and I'm a writer, lover of live music and sunshine. I'm from Maine and now live in Charleston, South Carolina. As far as random happy things, I've ridden a Clydesdale on the beach in California , zip-lined and swum in caves in Mexico with bats and stalactites, ridden on a powered hanglider in Hawaii, and spoken to an audience of 1,500 (there's a video on the interweb, I won't share the link). I am constantly working on a new manuscript and have written 10 to-date.
My 9-5 is web design and branding via my company Sand & Snow Media. Before taking the jump into full self-employment, I was a senior sales manager at a large publishing company where I enjoyed working with independent bookstores across the country. If you're ever looking for a bookstore in a town you're visiting, I can probably point you to the best one!
My husband Andy is the best thing that ever walked into my life; I never knew that such a kind soul could exist. My strongest memories from childhood are my sister dipping her lobster in my lemonade (not on purpose), and days spent running barefoot through my backyard (before I knew to be afraid of the ticks that were, undoubtedly, hiding in the lovely grass). My writing idols are Fredrik Backman, Ellen Hopkins, Margaret Atwood, Neal Gaiman, Lisa Jewell, and Stephen King. I once started and ran a t-shirt company where I inspired shirts after up-and-coming, awesome young people, and it was called Inspire Thread Company.
I believe that anyone can achieve their dreams if they set their minds to it. We are only limited by our own disbelief. I am passionate about empowering young people to overcome stereotypes and achieve success. Wisdom may come with age, but success is attainable by anyone who is willing to work hard and stay committed to their goals.