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About Elizabeth Barlo

Elizabeth Who?

What does she write?

Why does she write?

What does she read?

 

Elizabeth Who?

Elizabeth Barlo - photo by Wendy Janssen - www.wendyjanssen.nl, design by Elizabeth Barlo

I was born in The Hague, the Netherlands, in 1977. After completing a Bachelor Degree in International Business & Languages, I forewent a legal career for an adventure in London, UK, where I worked in finance journalism. My heart then took me to Sydney, Australia, where I worked for a boutique corporate communications agency for several years.

I am now back in the Netherlands with my Australian husband and our three children, where I combine fiction writing with being a Mom and running my own writing, editing and proofreading agency named triangle content

Besides writing, editing and (proof)reading, I really enjoy creating memories with my family and watching Jamie Oliver cook up 'loverly' healthy meals on TV. I have a total weakness for food, especially raw fish like sushi and herring with onions, Tiramisu, my husband's lasagna and home-made pizza with goat's cheese, egg and spinach.

I also love collecting music for our family music library when the budget allows it, as it brings back so many memories of being a little kid and sitting in the backseat of the car, listening to my Dad's music. Our music library is eclectic and features everything from The Beatles and Janis Joplin to the London Symphony Orchestra and Little Apple Band. Our 'Recently Played' playlist includes a lot of Jason Mraz, Jack Johnson, Missy Higgins, Eskimo Joe and Michael Jackson.

I started writing at a very young age, but it wasn't until I began to create the family music library that I was inspired to write my first novel: Ruth 66. 

I am currently working very hard to publish it and complete another two novels in the Young Adult genre, as well as a novel in the Contemporary Women's Fiction genre.

What does she write?

I am an indie author of Young Adult and Contemporary Women’s Fiction. My work is ‘Fiction With A Heartbeat’—'cause life ain't so bad when you approach it with a little humor and belief in your own potential.

I am currently working very hard to publish it and complete another two novels in the Young Adult genre, as well as a novel in the Contemporary Women's Fiction genre.


Why does she write?

Like the characters in my fiction, my writing is not perfect. That's just how it is. But I'm not writing to win the Nobel Prize in Literature (just being realistic here). I'm writing because I want to give you, the reader, a fun reading experience and a sense of fulfilment as you complete the journey together with the characters

I'm also not writing to make zillions of dollars and roll around in them. 
Before I made the decision to find a way to get Ruth 66 published, I made the commitment to give part of the profit on each (e-)copy sold to charity and other initiatives that aim to make our world a better place. So that's what I'm going to do.

For more information about my fiction writing, please check out this interview on Smashwords.com. 


What does she read? 

Books have always played, and continue to play, an important role in my life. My favorite authors include Isabelle Allende, Margaret Atwood, John Irving, Gabriel García Márquez and Hella Haasse. I thoroughly enjoyed reading the Adrian Mole series by Sue Townsend, as well as J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter and Stephenie Meyer's Twilight, but if I had to pick my all-time favorite book it would be The Secret History by Donna Tartt, with To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee a close second.

Here's a selection from my Goodreads bookshelf:

Elizabeth's bookshelf: read


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