Elizabeth Vail was born in a house of books – well, no, she was born in a hospital – but she was carried to and subsequently raised in a house of books, with a mother devoted to the vibrant fantasies of Guy Gavriel Kay and Charles de Lint and a father addicted to the classic science fiction of Robert Heinlein and Joe Haldeman.
Twelve years of schooling and roughly ten million turned pages later, Elizabeth started reviewing fantasy and science fiction for The Green Man Review while studying English and Comparative Literature at the University of Alberta. It was during University (once she’d gnawed through all the tomes on her required reading list) that she discovered a love of romance novels, and it wasn’t long before she started reviewing them on her own blog, Gossamer Obsessions.
Since then, she’s written articles for The Huffington Post and Heroes and Heartbreakers, while working on her own short stories and novels. Her writing is heavily influenced by the fairy tales she grew up reading, as well as the amazing female writers of her youth – Madeline L’Engle, Lucy Maud Montgomery, Kate Elliott, Robin Hobb, Laura Kinsale, and Jennifer Crusie.
The Duke of Snow and Apples is her first novel.