About me

ELIZABETH HUNTER is a USA Today bestselling contemporary fantasy, romance, and paranormal mystery author. She is a graduate of the University of Houston Honors College and a former English teacher. She once substitute taught a kindergarten class, but decided that middle school was far less frightening. She’s the author of the Elemental Mysteries, the Irin Chronicles, and the Cambio Springs Mysteries.

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I’m a writer. A reader. A mom. A traveler. A music fanatic. I take pictures, (though not as much as I used to.) I snore like a freight train and have uncontrollable hair. I love belly-laughs and drink gin cocktails in the summer.

I am far wittier online.

I tell stories because I think stories are important. I’ve been doing it full time for seven years now, and I still can’t quite figure out how I’m getting away with that.

I love my job, and I love happy endings, but I don’t believe they’re easy to attain. Probably, they shouldn’t be.

I was born in Central California, went to school at the University of Houston, traveled the world a bit, moved back to California, and I’m here to stay… for now. I have a very large and very crazy family. I am a farmer’s daughter.

With April White and Penny Reid, hands down, two of the best indie writers out there and awesome people.

With April White and Penny Reid, hands down, two of the best indie writers out there and awesome people.

I have one precocious son who is taller than me now, a fiance on the other side of the planet (it’s interesting), a labrador with a fetching addiction, and a Standard poodle named Charlie. I do travel with her occasionally.

I enjoy bowling, and make Lebowski references in everyday conversation.  I have a rug that really ties the room together.  I love music on a very deep, and possibly somewhat disturbing, level. I like odd numbers, not even. And tattoos. The number thirteen and Asian food.

Someday, I will learn how to scuba dive.

And maybe hang glide, but that looks like a lot of running.

Meeting Patricia Briggs with Grace Draven at RT2015. I was totally cool about it. (I was completely uncool about it.)

Meeting Patricia Briggs with Grace Draven at RT2015. I was totally cool about it. (I was completely uncool about it.)

I write paranormal and contemporary romance because I think love and relationships are worth writing about.

If you’re actually reading this, thanks for stopping by, and I hope you find my stories and photographs interesting.

If you’re wandering the site for business purposes, I am represented by Dystel and Goderich Literary Management in New York. Their contact information is on the FAQ page here and you an contact them regarding any rights information.

Thanks for reading,



  1. Hey Elizabeth,

    Great post.

    You’re right, it’s not a competition. There’s room for everyone. And the thing is, it’s not as black and white as some people make out.

    I was having a discussion with some other writers about this, and one of them made an excellent analogy. She said indie writers are like small business owners, and trade published writers are like salaried workers.

    She said that this false opposition between trade publishing and self-publishing ignored all the people that work a nine to five and a trying to start their own business in the evenings and weekends.

    The fact is, a lot of self-publishers have trade books out, and a lot of trade published writers self-publish short stories or reverted backlist titles.

    I think this will become more common, not less common. So before anyone goes making generalizations about trade published writers or self-published writers, they should remember that there’s lots of writers with a foot in both camps.


  2. Hello! How did I miss the fact that you live in the Central Valley? I’m in the Valley too. 🙂

    I’ve ingested the first 3 books of your Elemental Series like a starving woman. Tomorrow I drive to Santa Barbara for work (tough job, I know) and am hoping to spend some lovely evenings with B and Gio (reading the final book in the series). Loved the series. Have recommended it many times over now. I look forward to your future writings!

  3. Eep! Finally stopping to answer some questions and such on the blog here and I saw your comment. Hello to a fellow Central Cali girl! So glad you’ve enjoyed the books and thanks so much for stopping by the blog!

  4. Hi Elizabeth. Him. Texas, Southern Cali, writers…I think we have quite a bit in common. Especially scuba diving and hang gliding. You’re right, that does seem like a lot of running. I actually stumbled across your twitter a few months back when I was researching information for TV writer Elizabeth Hunter. I wasn’t sure if you were one in the same, but either way. I’m so glad to “informally” meet you. I just downloaded your book and look forward to reading it!

  5. Waiting for Audible to get it together and get your books on there. If you have not picked anyone. Tavia gilbert is very good. Also, Xe Sands. Very good with accents.
    Thanks for writing my favorite books. You put your heart into them.

    K. B. Welker

  6. Hi Elizabeth, I just gobbled up all three B. and Gio books while vacationing in a tent on St. John in the Virgin Islands. Must you put B. and G. to rest? I feel I was just getting to know them, and they thereselves. Thanks for giving me a way to untangle and destress in a world that is too busy and neurotic. Diane

  7. LOL I just came upon this whilst trying to answer the question a fan of yours messaged me… but though I didn’t get the answer I needed, I am so happy to know you found just the right rug – that really makes all the difference in the aesthetic appeal of the room 😉

  8. Hi, I came across A Hidden Fire through bookbub. I am about half way through and went looking for the rest of the series. Sadly no retailer has any copies. Not Kobo, iBooks, or our local (Canadian) book stores….or smashwords. Can you tell me how I can get the rest of this series?! Please! I am loving the first book! Thanks so much!

    Stephanie H

    • Hi! Currently, the Elemental series is part of an Amazon exclusive promotion for ebooks, but it’ll be coming out of the promotion next month and will be available widely. Currently, it’s available widely at online retailers in paperback and audio edition, and will be back in kobo, etc. next month.

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