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…
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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Writing Resources During Covid Virus Facing this unique moment in time in productive and hopeful communities February began with me typing much of my second book in the hospital with my father recovering from a difficult fall and hip surgery. I literally drove home from a week with my parents to try and find toilet paper and supplies as things worsened due to the virus. At the time of writing this, it’s more than eight weeks since Covid Virus stay-at-home began for my husband and I and our two teen boys in Northern California. We are doing okay so far,…
My review for MMGM, Marvelous Middle Grade Monday, under the Magical Gazebo this week taught me bravery, endurance, cleverness, and was deeply entertaining and fun with The Lost Kingdom of Bamarre by Gail Carson Levine (yes, that one – who wrote Ella Enchanted!). My review I’ve been saving this read from one of my favorite authors, and it seems like someone knew I’d need it right now, going into week eight of being on quarantine in Northern California. We’ve all had to be more brave in weird ways recently, haven’t we? Well, I found such inspiration from Levine’s main character,…
Hear what others are saying about Elizabeth Van Tassel
“Elizabeth’s life is a testimony and tribute to her wisely walked words of wisdom. She IS RESILIENT in every sense of the word.”
“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
“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
“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
“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
“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
“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
“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
“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
“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