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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, poet, blogger, and coach based in the Washington, D.C., area.
Nonfiction articles of mine 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 sequence of love sonnets called Two Novembers.
I have degrees in English from Northwestern University (B.A.) and the University of North Carolina at Greensboro (M.Ed.). Having started my career as a high school English teacher, I transitioned into writing and editing in the field of education, engaging variously in book writing, proposal writing, business writing, and technical writing. I have written for the Obama White House, as well as a publishing house run by Pleasant Rowland, the founder of American Girl.
Born in northern Virginia, I live in Rockville, Maryland. I enjoy running, raising chickens, planting stuff in the garden, and seeing what comes up.