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In Elissa Field‘s own words:
In my head, I go back to the cottage where I was first taken when I was two days old. By the time I was eight, I sat up into the darkest hours reading my first mysteries in that same room. I had my first kiss there. The summer I left for college, I solo-sailed a two-man boat through a surprise storm. I saw my first dead body there at the water’s edge.
In my adult life, I write fiction that takes place along borders – intersections at the ends of war, the cusp of immigration, the borders of relationships, the edges between art and reality. But over and over, I’m back in that same place. Haunted by night swims, emotional shadows, and the one place that still calls me home, no matter that the cottage itself no longer exists.
I am fiction writer and freelance editor, and mom to two sons, who recently had their first experience with writers in the wild at Aspen Summer Words. My priority has been work on my own novel, but I take a select number of book editing clients (adult fiction, nonfiction, and middle grade-young adult fiction, and still do occasional ghostwriting).
Watching my sons grow, I was fascinated by brain development research, and got hooked into teaching. I just completed a Masters at the University of Florida, which has added a focus to my nonfiction writing. I alternate work days between writing and teaching ancient history at a middle school for the arts. Teaching at an art school means I get away with wearing motorcycle boots and have gone an entire day teaching as Mrs. Weasley.
You can find me on Twitter (@elissafield). I am an active supporter of other writers in forums including Writer Unboxed’s Breakout Novel Dissection, and hosting #wssprint writing sprint events, as well as on my website, Elissa Field – in the company of words.