"Some of my favorite things are:
Jesus, family, dandelion wishes, tree houses, lightning bugs, seashells, sprinkles, & dinosaurs."
Elise is a graduate of Roanoke College with a Bachelors Degree in Business Administration. She grew up in the little town of Salem, VA and is truly Salem Born and Salem Bred. Elise is an author, writer, editor, poet, and a storyteller (to her children). Elise now lives nestled in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains with her spitfire red head husband, two beautiful, silly children with big imaginations, and their tiny dog, Jack.
"I get my inspiration from my children, nature, my inventive father, and my mother whose dream was to be a writer. My favorite places to write are in my children's playroom and sitting on a picnic blanket outside on a beautiful summer day watching my babies play."
Prices Fork Elementary School
Elise’s presentation of her book, “The Berry Patch,” was a perfect fit for our K-5 audience. The upper grades were interested to listen to the story, as well as to gain knowledge of the writing and publishing process. Lower grades were delighted to hear the story, as well as the author’s secrets from the book!
Elise was thoroughly prepared, complete with hands-on props, photos, coloring sheets and stickers that enhanced student engagement. Live drawings given to each grade level by illustrator Tessa Riley were a bonus that captivated the audience. Both author and illustrator were happy to answer questions posed by students.
Christiansburg Elementary School
Elise visited Price's Fork Elementary and it was fantastic! She spoke to the kids about the entire process of writing, illustrating, and publishing a children's book and the students were fascinated. Throughout her presentation, she presented the students with real-world connections and plenty of interactive activities and questions. Elise concluded the presentation by reading her story and her illustrator even did a live drawing for the kids. I would say by the end of the day many students left excited about taking their first steps in becoming an author/illustrator.
Julia Wood Csokasy
....I've been meaning to tell you that I am so in awe of you. I know you're an inventor, but the idea of becoming a children's book author is amazing, and actually DOING it deserves a, "We're not worthy!" You aren't talking about pursuing your dreams, you're DOING it! You've had balls as long as I've known you, but I respect you even more than ever now. Bravo. I'm honored to call you my friend.
"This is a wonderful story that will make you want to be a kid and eat berries all day! The story along with the illustrations really bring this to life! Highly recommend for you imaginative kid(s)!!!"