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|Born||Elizabeth Myrtle Smith
Tacoma, WA, United States
|Pen name||Eilis Flynn|
|Alma mater||University of Washington|
|Period||1981 - present|
|Genres||Romance, fantasy, suspense|
Eilis Flynn (b. Elizabeth Myrtle Smith, on a May 12 in Tacoma, Washington, USA), is an American author of four fantasy romance novels for the publisher, Cerridwen Press. She also has written for DC Comics using the name Elizabeth M. Smith.
Elizabeth Myrtle Smith was born on a May 12 in Tacoma, WA, the youngest of four children. She is of Japanese descent. Her parents met during the occupation of Japan following World War II, and her older siblings were all born in Japan. Her family were avid readers, so books were always important in her life. Soon after her birth, her family relocated again to Japan, making Japanese her first language. Upon the family's return to the United States when she was nine, she learned English primarily through popular culture—television cartoons and comic books, but really anything she could read. She wrote her first novel (unpublished) at age 14, and sold her first fiction at 18 to DC Comics, writing Superman stories. After receiving her degree in linguistic anthropology from the University of Washington, she attended Columbia University in New York for one year, where she married her first and still current husband. Professionally a financial editor, Eilis describes her fantasy romances as being "no less based in reality."
Eilis returned with her husband to the Seattle area in 1989, and soon began writing romance fiction. She is a past president of the Greater Seattle Romance Writers of America. Her first book, The Sleeper Awakes, was published in 2007.
Eilis maintains an active writing career.
Eilis wrote her first novel at age 14.
- The Sleeper Awakes
- Festival of Stars
- Introducing Sonika
- Echoes of Passion
- Riddle of Ryu
- Static Shock