Elizabeth S. Layton grew up in Tempe, Arizona, during the 1960s when Tempe was a small town and a thriving suburb of Phoenix. Elizabeth enjoyed all of the childhood freedoms of traveling throughout Tempe on her bicycle and roller skating on the Arizona State University (ASU) campus. Elizabeth has written many stories of her childhood, sharing that Tempe was a beautiful, fun, and memorable place to grow up.
Elizabeth is a published author, screenwriter, and poet. Elizabeth is currently working on two projects. She is currently working on adapting a screenplay that she wrote during her Master's Degree program into a Young Adult novel about a Lakota Sioux Indian woman - Winds of Enchantment. Elizabeth is also writing a television screenplay for the adaptation of "Rustler's Moon" written by Jim Jones - a western author, singer, and songwriter.
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Elizabeth began her academic career as an Art major at San Juan College in Farmington, New Mexico. She soon found that writing all of those academic papers in Science and the narratives in English class is what made her feel the most creative.
Elizabeth transferred to Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colorado, to finish her Bachelor's Degree in English - Mass Communications with a minor in Ecology. Elizabeth wrote for the college newspaper and for the Durango Herald, which is Durango's local city newspaper. Elizabeth also wrote articles for the San Juan National Forest Newsletter during an internship.
In 2012, Elizabeth continued her desire to enhance her writing by completed a Master's Degree in Creative Writing with a specialty in Film, Television, and Gaming at Full Sail University. Elizabeth believes that the process of writing screenplays improved her prose writing tremendously by learning the importance of "getting to the point" through showing and not telling and doing it in fewer words.
A few years later, Elizabeth caught the teacher bug from her many collegial experiences. She became a middle school teacher and has taught Language Arts, Math, and Science.
Elizabeth currently lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico with her family. She loves living in the great southwest with its beautiful weather (all four seasons), cultural diversity, appreciation for the arts, and a variety of outdoor activities.
Elizabeth's journey to becoming a professional writer has been one of a non-traditional and curvy pathway. Elizabeth is grateful every day to share her stories and poetry with her readers while helping her clients and students create their very best scribes.