L.J. Elizabeth (she/her) is a poet, podcaster, author of The Deck I've Been Handed and co-author of The Fragility of a Downpour. She grew up in the U.S. and published her first poetry collection at 17 in the midst of a global pandemic. Fighting the college workload, she plans on writing many more novels and collections, hand in hand with her headphones and a cup of coffee. When not writing, L.J. enjoys rock climbing, Marvel, and creating spreadsheets. L.J. co-hosts a podcast for writing advice called Behind the Books, found wherever podcasts stream. You can find her on Instagram and most other social media sites @lj_writess.


When did you start writing?

I've been drawing comics or thinking up stories for about as long as I can remeber (I've been obsessed with superheroes since I was a kid), but I started writing my own stories when I was 13. I wrote a healthy mix of my own stories with fanfiction for a long time, but now more recently my main focus has been on my own ideas.

Do you only write poetry?

Nope! I enjoy writing poetry and am proud of the books I've published, but I have plans for many other novels and books that I would like to write. However, novels take a little longer to write than some of my poetry books, so it will be a while before one of those gets published. Soon, hopefully!

How did you start a podcast?

I had been thinking about starting a podcast for a while, I wanted to doing some writing related, to create a place where I could talk about my writing and my experiences and even bring other authors in to share their experiences. I talked with Larissa Gault in late 2022 and brought her on as a co-host, and together we created Behind the Books! We're always looking for topics or authors to talk with, so if you have any suggestions, let us know!

Are you studying writing in school?

I'm not, though I considered it for a while! I'm in college studying criminal justice, which often comes in handy with mystery and crime stories. I've been very fortunate to have lots of resources at home and from other authors to help guide my own creative writing, and maybe in the future I'll go back to school for creative writing.

Spreadsheets? Really?

Of course. I will and have made spreadsheets for anything and everything. Not are there genuine purposes like keeping track of my word count or plotting, but I also like to have fun and track random statistics (like every single movie I've ever watched or wanted to watch). I am a big fan of spreadsheets and will gush about them anytime.

How can I get in touch with you?

I'm most active on my Instagram, @lj_writess. I'm always happy to have a conversation, and DMing me on Instagram is the quickest way to get a hold of me! You can also reach my by email at ljelizabethwrites@gmail.com.