Elizabeth Jade was born in 1998 in Northallerton, North Yorkshire, England, but moved with her family to Wellington in Somerset when she was very young. She has one older brother.
Her early schooling did not go smoothly, and as a result, she was homeschooled from the age of seven. Her parents soon learned she had a unique slant on life and quickly abandoned attempts to follow the national curriculum in favour of child-led learning.
Elizabeth stumbled into writing at the age of fourteen when she began to suffer from anxiety and depression and quickly found her story ideas pouring out faster than she could get them onto paper. It wasn’t until the age of eighteen that she realised her struggles in school had been due to Aspergers Syndrome (an autistic spectrum disorder).
As an enthusiastic animal lover, Elizabeth volunteered first at the Conquest Riding Centre for the Disabled and then at St Giles Animal Rescue before moving on to the Cats Protection Homing and Information Centre on the outskirts of Wellington. Her gifted way with the cats quickly earned her the title of ‘Cat Whisperer’ from the staff. Since she had always possessed such a way with animals, it was only natural for Elizabeth’s story ideas to revolve around that theme.
Elizabeth’s author journey has been inspiring to many, and even resulted in a Somerset junior class being named after her.
“It has to be said that my writing methods are as quirky as I am. I don’t write stories; I just put a bunch of words onto paper, and the characters do the rest. In fact, it’s not uncommon for me to have completed a writing session without having the slightest idea what I have written.
Even my story ideas come from the strangest places. I like to search the internet for pictures of how I imagine my characters would look, and keep them in front of me whenever I am writing about them. While I was looking for pictures for an entirely different story, I came across one of a young husky and instantly knew I had to write about her. It was as if she had told me her whole life story and was just waiting for me to put it down on paper. I gave her the name ‘Akea’ and she now has two books to her name with a third on the way”
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