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. My nonfiction articles have been published by the Washington Independent Review of Books and the international Silent Book Club organization.

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 These two creative works are completed and unpublished, and I am seeking literary representation.

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