Elizabeth Lhuede is a writer and creative writing tutor who founded the Australian Women Writers Challenge, now in its third year. She writes romance and romantic suspense under the pen-name Lizzy Chandler.
As Dux of her Honours year at Macquarie University, Elizabeth won the HW Piper Prize for Excellence in English and received an Australian Postgraduate Research Award to write her PhD (on modernism and postmodernism in 20th-century Australian poetry). Elizabeth taught English and Cultural Studies, as well as Creative, Genre and Professional Writing at Macquarie for a number of years. She left to train as a Counsellor with the Australian College of Psychology, where she was awarded Dux of her year (2007), and earned a certificate of “Outstanding Achievement” for “professional and personal integration of theory and practice”. Elizabeth has used both her academic background and her professional training as a counsellor in her writing.
Elizabeth has published poems in Imago and Southerly literary journals and has written a number of novels in a variety of genres, including romance, romantic suspense, Fantasy and psychological suspense. Her unpublished manuscripts have earned recognition in a number of competitions, including:
- Highly Commended, Clendon Award, 2004 (Fantasy)
- Commended, Clendon Award, 2003 (Romantic Suspense)
- Finalist in Clendon Award 2002 (Romantic Suspense)
- Runner-up in Clendon Award 2001 (Romantic Suspense)
- Runner-up in Emma Darcy (now Emerald) Award 1995 (Romance)
One of her romance novels has recently been accepted for publication by the Australian digital publisher, Escape (April 2014).
Elizabeth is a member of NSW Writers Centre, Sisters in Crime and is a founding member of the RWA Turramurra group in Sydney. She spends her time between Sydney’s northern beaches and her partner’s home in the Blue Mountains. She teaches creative writing and HSC English by distance through TAFE (NSW) Oten. Her psychological suspense novel is represented by agent, author and former editor, Virginia Lloyd.