Elizabeth Merck was born and raised in Boston, Massachusetts, and grew up an only child. Though shy, she was unbelievably creative and driven. Her mother introduced her to musical theatre at a young age, and she became a lifelong fan of the stage. She spent years studying tap, ballet, and jazz, then choreographed and starred in her high school's productions of The Wiz and Guys and Dolls. In college, she starred in Count Dracula, then went on to direct No Exit Theatre Company's productions of Ten Little Indians, Rumors, and Drop Dead.
Inspired by her favorite musical, Phantom of the Opera, Liz drafted her very first novel, The Opera Apparition, when she was only 14 (though she never pursued publication). Liz also began writing poetry as a teenager. Many of her poems were published in literary magazines and anthologies.
In 1996, Liz moved to Virginia to attend college at Marymount University in Arlington. She graduated with a BA in psychology then went on to pursue her master's degree in social work at the Catholic University of America. After her first year, she decided to withdraw from the program, obtaining an MBA in nonprofit management from Walden University instead.
Liz has spent most of her professional career working for health-related nonprofits in the Washington, DC, area, including the Arthritis Foundation Metro DC Chapter, American Psychological Foundation, Advocates for Youth, and Spina Bifida Association of America. In her 20+ years in the fundraising field, she crafted hundreds of appeals, articles, annual reports, web pages, e-campaigns, and social media posts, utilizing people's stories to inspire others to give to their favorite causes.
In 2021, Liz began freelancing to focus solely on writing and editing, her passions. She's done content and entertainment writing for several firms and is currently a deputy editor at Write My Wrongs, LLC, where she edits fiction and nonfiction books for those who are pursuing self-publication.
Liz still lives in Northern Virginia with her husband and two daughters. When she isn't working, you'll probably find her at a softball game. Liz is also a huge music fan and an avid concert goer. She's a skilled amateur photographer who has been sharing her concert photos on social media since 2015.
She's currently working on her first novel, which was inspired by her love of all things creative.