About Me

As a child, I loved reading and writing. I spent my days coming up with stories and daydreaming characters and plots. I drew and painted lots of artwork for them, too. I never dreamed someday I would be an author! 

I still spend lots of time writing my books, but I also teach writing to college students, helping them make their stories and writing stronger. 

Other than writing, my favorite thing is music. I began studying the violin as a child and practiced a lot. I studied it in music school in college, and one day, I became a professional violinist, teaching violin and music to students of all ages and playing in orchestras around the world. 

I live with my family and our three sleepy cats near Lake Michigan outside of Chicago. We love to read, watch movies together, travel, and play board games. 

Short Bio

Elizabeth Brown is the author of Dancing Through Fields of Color: The Story of Helen Frankenthaler (Abrams). Two more books, Like A Diamond in the Sky: Jane Taylor’s Beloved Poem of Wonder and the Stars (Bloomsbury, February 1, 2022), and The World Entire: The Untold True Story of Extraordinary Rescue from World War II (Chronicle, Fall 2022) are on the way. She lives near Chicago with her family.

Long Bio

Elizabeth Brown is a children’s book author, writer, film producer, and college teacher. She earned her MFA in Creative Writing and Screenwriting from Goddard College as well as a Post-MFA Certificate in the Teaching of Creative Writing from Antioch University Los Angeles.

Ms. Brown teaches writing and the humanities at Saint Augustine College in Chicago as well as teaches creative writing for children K-12 at The Center for Gifted in the Chicagoland area. She has taught Screenwriting, Playwriting, Documentary Film Writing, and Writing Books for Children at Oakton Community College ALL and Evanston Township High School Adult and Continuing Education as well as other writing workshops. She currently serves as a judge for the Torrance Legacy Creative Writing Awards.

Additionally, Ms. Brown is a professional violinist who earned her Bachelor and Master of Music degrees in Violin Performance. She has taught violin and performed in orchestras around the United States and abroad.

Elizabeth’s debut picture book DANCING THROUGH FIELDS OF COLOR: THE STORY OF HELEN FRANKENTHALER was published by Abrams Books for Young Readers – March 2019. She has other picture books to release soon after, including LIKE A DIAMOND IN THE SKY: JANE TAYLOR’S BELOVED POEM OF WONDER AND THE STARS (Bloomsbury, 2022) and THE WORLD ENTIRE: THE UNTOLD TRUE STORY OF EXTRAORDINARY RESCUE FROM WORLD WAR II (Chronicle Books, 2022). Elizabeth Brown is a member of SCBWI and the Children’s Literature Association and is represented by Sean McCarthy Literary Agency. She lives with her family outside of Chicago.

More About Me

Favorite Season:
Spring

Favorite Food:
Oranges

Things I Love:
Books, movies, amusement parks, roller coasters, animals, music, swimming, and taking walks to the beach

Favorite Thing to Do as a Child:
Going to the library on Saturdays with my father

Favorite Books as a Child:
Too many to count! I always had my nose in a book.

Growing Up:
I grew up in Illinois and Vermont. My father was a college psychology professor and researcher. I loved going to work with him, spending time in his lab, and watching him teach his classes. I guess that’s why I’m a college professor today!