Elizabeth Kuelbs lives at the edge of a Los Angeles canyon. When she’s not writing, she’s trying to have a glass of wine with her husband around wrangling three teenagers, a Bernese Mountain Dog, and a small real estate investment company. She holds an MFA in Writing from the Vermont College of Fine Arts and has poetry, fiction, and articles published or forthcoming in Punchnel’s, Hawaii Women’s Journal, Vestal Review, The Children’s Writer’s Guild, Highlights, Cricket, and elsewhere.
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What’s on your nightstand right now?
Jon Krakauer’s Into the Wild, Liu Cixin’s The Three-Body Problem, Lisa Cron’s Wired for Story, and a tower of other books I’m itching to open. Also, white roses from my garden and hopeful notes from my kids requesting lime popsicles and a toaster oven hot enough to melt plastic for a science experiment (popsicles–yes, toaster oven–um, no).
Are you more likely to buy a print book or ebook?
Print rules, as my bowing bookshelves can attest.
What book made the biggest impression on you as a kid?
J. R. R. Tolkein’s The Lord of the Rings sucked me in body and soul when I was eight. I fell utterly in love with his hobbits, horses, wonder and danger, and dreamed myself so vividly into Middle Earth I can still picture running the fields of Rohan with Gimli, Aragorn and Legolas like I was actually there.
Tell us about your writing routine. Do you have a favorite time or place to write?
I do my best work when I manage to get up in the magic hours before dawn. I’ll make coffee, then write by hand in the light of a tiny book light to keep the day and all its demands at bay as long as possible.