I wanted to share some good news and thank you all for your prayers and support the last several months especially! As some of you know, I’ve been working on fundraisers for a dear author friend who lost her home and wellness to mold poisoning. As a wildfire survivor who’s had to rebuild her own life, I couldn’t just sit by and watch as Mary Weber and her family dealt with so much (more background HERE). So, I reached out to friends and over time we built a big team—and the team has just done something AMAZING. It has been…
Elizabeth Van Tassel
Middle Grade Fantasy Author, Public Speaker
I write Middle Grade Fantasy. You might find a gem or two. You’ll definitely find legend and adventure.
Elizabeth Van Tassel writes compelling middle-grade fantasy. She brings her knowledge and expertise in the field of gemology to the page and infuses her love of folklore into modern adventures filled with mystery.
A wildfire survivor, Elizabeth also understands both the power of loss and the power of hope. She shares her story of resilience, and provides tools for rebuilding at public speaking events and on her blog. Elizabeth currently resides in the Bay Area with her husband, John, and two sons. She can be found wandering the gardens of Filoli House, haunting her favorite coffee shops, and engaging with other writers.
On her Thorn & Vine blog, she blogs about Life 101: living well and intentionally, A Beautiful Life: exploring creativity and beauty, and Life Stories: stories of resilience, inspiring interviews, and book reviews.
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Hey Lost Boys and Girls welcome to the Dust Blog Tour which features my friend author Kara Swanson with her amazing Peter Pan retelling called Dust. It will debut on July 21, 2020 and I would highly recommend a pre-order. By participating in the whole blog tour, you can read many interviews with her and also win gorgeous swag. But watch out for Captain Hook along the way! To get in the mood, I brought all my treasures together with Peter Pan and Wendy and the family – including this map and teapot and mug. And pixie dust. So, without…
A Moment of Beauty at Filoli Gardens I received the most wonderful email last week saying, with precautions in place, a local historic garden I love to visit (and want to write about some day) was opening this week. You can bet I was there the day and moment they opened with my mask (that makes me look like a gangster) and took a walk through their beautiful paths that twist around the historic home. In case you also need a moment of beauty while on lockdown or as things ease and open in your area (we are at over…
Hear what others are saying about Elizabeth Van Tassel
—Pam Farrel, author of 47 books including bestselling Men Are Like Waffles, Women Are Like Spaghetti
“Elizabeth’s life is a testimony and tribute to her wisely walked words of wisdom. She IS RESILIENT in every sense of the word.”
—Kathleen Freeman, Northwest Christian Writers Association Program Coordinator
“Our NCWA group had the pleasure this week of hearing Elizabeth Van Tassel speak. She was professional, fun, and a delightful speaker.
In her talk, she took us through disaster, story-telling skills drawing us in, and fabulous pictures holding us. She pulled our hearts… Read more “—Kathleen Freeman, Northwest Christian Writers Association Program Coordinator”
Northwest Christian Writers Association Program Coordinator
—Soncee Partida, Director of Development, Maranatha Christian Schools
“Elizabeth exudes infectious enthusiasm! There is no smell of smoke, no after effect of ash, no char from the flames that claimed all her worldly possessions.
Hers is a joy genuinely journeyed. Her remarkable story of resilience will leave you forever changed.”
Director of Development, Maranatha Christian Schools
– Debbie Hamer, Mothers of Preschoolers (MOPS) mentor director
“During her children’s young years, Elizabeth was a compassionate leader and sought to help other MOPS moms by sharing her stories of endurance and miracles. When she spoke to our group, her hope to rise above difficult circumstances encouraged many.”
Mothers of Preschoolers (MOPS) mentor director
-Sara Ella, young adult author for Harper Collins/Thomas Nelson
“As a mom, I’m always seeking clean adventure reads for my girls. Elizabeth’s storytelling can only be described as magical. Her passion for the Word shines through her writing. Tweens (and adults) will be swept away by Elizabeth’s imaginative story-world.”
young adult author for Harper Collins/Thomas Nelson
-Sally John, novelist, Family of the Heart Series, Side Roads Series, and others
“From being my cohort in surviving a wildfire, to using her perspective of resilience to inspire others, Elizabeth’s enthusiasm helps her audience and friends find fresh hope.”
Family of the Heart Series, Side Roads Series, and others
– Nadine Brandes, young adult author for Harper Collins/Thomas Nelson
“Elizabeth’s passion for the life story God’s given her helps youth and parents alike to rise above the weight of this world.”
young adult author for Harper Collins/Thomas Nelson
– Bob Hamer, former undercover FBI agent. Author of American Heroes of the Homefront
“Elizabeth and her family have faced great challenges and refused to let their light dim. We’ve walked in their home’s ashes and witnessed their medical miracles first-hand. What Elizabeth has crafted helps others live with more resilience whatever they’ve faced and will help this generation… Read more “– Bob Hamer, former undercover FBI agent. Author of American Heroes of the Homefront“
Author of American Heroes of the Homefront
– Sandra H. Esch, President, San Diego American Christian Fiction Writers, author of the Amber Leaf Trilogy
“Elizabeth has an uncanny ability to see a broader picture and the energy and generosity of heart to share it with wit and wisdom. To say she lit up our audience is an understatement.”
San Diego American Christian Fiction Writers, author of the Amber Leaf Trilogy
– Tina Radcliffe, Harlequin Love Inspired author and Seekerville Blog
“Elizabeth is the real thing. She radiates joy inside and out. Faith is the substance of things hoped for, and it’s evidenced by joy. That’s the message she lives and delivers.”
Harlequin Love Inspired author and Seekerville Blog