Elizabeth L. Carter

About the Author


I grew up on a farm on the East Coast, rode horses competitively (English style) and had lots and lots of pets. My two budgies were far and away my favorites. 

I received a degree in creative writing from the University of Victoria, where I was lucky to study with Canadian greats such as Lorna Crozier, Guy Vanderhaeghe, and Patrick Lane.

Later, I switched gears, earned a master’s in psychology from Prescott College, and spent several years working as a psychotherapist. I got to hear people’s stories—their deepest, most secret stories—and support them in making new ones.

When I became a mother, I was once again immersed in the magical world of children’s books. It was a return to my true home in the writing world, and I haven’t looked back.

I am an active member of my Hawai’i SCBWI chapter and live on Maui with my human family, plus four small parrots, a guinea pig, various foster animals, and one grumpy box turtle.

Me with my beloved budgie, PT

PT was a girl and preferred biting to talking. Later, we added P2 to the flock, who learned all kinds of words, including (thanks to my teenage brother) many we didn’t want him to know. I spent most of my waking hours around horses, and was usually covered in mud.


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Me with my mom’s horse, Chessie, after a good grooming.