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My Story

Elizabeth Wixley was born in Hertfordshire in the United Kingdom but has moved many times during her childhood. She attended the Camberwell Art School and joined a design studio in Convent Garden. Moving to Bristol, some years later, she worked full-time for the Local Education Authority supporting children suffering from emotional and behavioural problems whilst ensuring that the transition into a mainstream school was done in a supportive and nurturing manner. Whilst providing children with a safe haven for learning, she raised two sons as a single parent while studying for a degree in education at the University of the West of England.

Her love of fiction started at the age of six when Elizabeth’s grandmother died of cancer and to make sure that the rest of the family was safe, she would spend the nights roaming the house looking for the ”C” monster to make sure that he did not claim any more victims.

One sunny bright day, her sister told her that fork lightning would come and strike her down after which she would spend her days hiding in the garage and when she heard that the sun was falling out of the sky, well needless to say, she very seldom ventured out.

With trial and error, Elizabeth soon realised to fight her foes, she had to stare them straight in the eye, explore them and conqueror the inner demons to stand righteous. This helps fuel her love of horror and the many mysteries of the world. Creating a why and what if scenario that runs prominent in her fascinating fiction.

Throughout Elizabeth’s life, creative arts have been her passion whether it is visiting galleries, painting or writing. She enjoys nothing more than sharing a compelling horror story with others and holding the sanity of her readers in the palm of her hand.

 

A brief account of my journey.

I was born in England, and although I enjoy travelling my heart belongs to this rock in the northern hemisphere. From the beginning, I have been a dreamer, loving books and all forms of creative thinking. During my younger days, I expressed myself through painting, music and attended art school to develop my skills. These days if I pick up a pencil or a brush it is to create dragons or other images to entertain children.

Cornwall. Where the rock slopes into the sea.
Cornwall. Where the rock slopes into the sea.
I love dragons!
I love dragons!

One of my other passions is history. I’m intrigued by the stories of ordinary people’s lives and how they survived against all odds and in extreme circumstance. The resilience of people amazes me. Exploring the extent and motivations behind human creativity, has led me on some extraordinary journeys of my own.

The Commandment Stones.
The Commandment Stones.

At the age of sixteen, I left home, and there followed some uncertain chapters in my life. I lived in many areas of London and the UK. It was a rollercoaster ride. At times my experiences were harrowing. However, from my various adventures, I gained a vast knowledge about the emotional literacy of people and how they negotiate their way through life. In visiting London’s many galleries and museum’s I also began my education.

I slept on a beach near here, when I first left home.
I slept on a beach near here, when I first left home.

Interacting with nature is vital to me, so I am often to be found roaming Dartmoor, and of course, I am compelled to drop into any old pub I come across to enquire about their ghosts. Perhaps because I live on an unusually wet island, I find that I am drawn to water sports. I am passionate about the sea and rivers, so my favourite article of clothing is my wet suit.

Waiting for the big one!
Waiting for the big one!

My working life recently came to an abrupt end, due to government cutbacks, when my whole team was made redundant. I worked for the Local Education authority where I supported children who had experienced trauma in their lives back into mainstream education. I often wonder how those young people are coping now without the much-needed support.

My journey through life has often been bizarre with many twists and turns, but it has provided me with ample material for my stories.   My book ‘In the Devil’s Own words’ encompasses many of the above themes as do most of my other books. It’s a multi-layered book but may also be read on face value as a fantasy adventure. It is set in contemporary Britain, but my characters are sucked back into the medieval period. Although it is an apocalyptic tale it differs in feel from many I have previously read. However, it is the same in that it addresses the age-old question about good versus evil and nature versus nurture.

Currently the most compelling passion in my life is my grandson. He comes above all else. I hope to follow some of his journey in my blogs. This once again highlights an ongoing theme in my books nature versus nurture.  Ultimately, the question is are we ever able to escape our environment and upbringing? Are we products of nature or nurture? These are all ideas I would like to explore further with you my fellow travellers.