Hello, and thanks for visiting my website! I’m glad you’re here. My name is Liza Achilles, pronounced LIE-zuh uh-KIL-ease. Yes, this is my real name (i.e., not a pen name).

I am a writer/editor in the Washington, D.C., area, working in the field of education data. Since graduating with degrees in English from Northwestern University and the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, I have written for the Obama White House and a publishing house run by Pleasant Rowland, founder of American Girl. The 96-lesson teacher’s guide that I wrote for Ms. Rowland, Write It Right, is used in classrooms across North America.

In 2016, I was a Semi-Finalist in the William Faulkner–Wisdom Creative Writing Competition for my literary/historical novel The Water-Creatures. My most recent book is a memoir in sonnets called Two Novembers. These two creative works are completed and unpublished, and I am seeking representation. In addition to blogging on the search for wisdom, I am currently working on my newest creative endeavor, a novel.

Born in northern Virginia, I live in Rockville, Maryland. I enjoy running, raising chickens, planting stuff in the garden, and seeing what comes up.