Hello! My name is Elizabeth Allyn-Dean, and I’m a writer of fantasy, urban fantasy, and paranormal romance. I’ve been an avid reader and writer for as long as I can remember. When I’m not writing fiction, I work as a technical writer and editor. But it’s my fiction I truly love, and I’m currently working on getting my many stories published.
While I grew up in the Midwestern United States (north of Chicago on the shores of Lake Michigan), I’ve lived in Alaska for almost 20 years. I’ve found that the people and landscapes I’ve gotten to know during my lifetime have played a huge role in my stories. How can you live in these places and not be inspired to write about them?
For my writing influences, I fully blame my father. At a very young age, he introduced me to the worlds of fantasy and sci-fi. These are worlds – found in books, film, and television – I’ve never really left, nor would I want to. As a child, I spent free time wandering the ‘wilds’ near my home to find the best spots to read, devouring everything he tossed my way – J.R.R. Tolkien, Edgar Rice Burroughs, Anne McCaffrey, Ray Bradbury, Douglas Adams, Terry Pratchett, Terry Brooks, Marion Zimmer Bradley, and so on. As a teenager, my tastes began to include horror and mystery – Sherlock Holmes, Dracula, Frankenstein, Edgar Allen Poe, and Anne Rice are just a few of the dark worlds I delved into. It was at this point that I was also introduced to comic books and role-playing games (mostly played in the dank basement of a comic book shop). As an adult, I consider my reading tastes to be quite eclectic. I read everything from Jim Butcher to Diana Gabaldon to Jack Whyte (and frequently re-read my old favorites). Just give me a good story and I’m happy.
While I was never a reader of “romance,” I learned at a young age that I’m drawn to a story with a romantic component. My interest has only grown over the years, and I find that a story without a romantic plot/subplot feels empty to me. We all want love, are inspired by love, and are motivated by love, so why should the characters in stories we read be any different.
What are my goals for my writing? I want to write fantasy with romantic storylines. I want to create characters that people fall in love with. I want to touch the readers hearts in the same ways that my favorite authors have touched mine.