Elizabeth Lhuede (pronounced “Lou-eddy”) is an aspiring writer and creative writing tutor who founded the Australian Women Writers Challenge in 2012 for the National Year of Reading. She and a group of book bloggers are continuing the challenge into 2013.
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 the writing of her first psychological suspense novel, for which she is looking for a publisher.
Before switching to writing psychological suspense, Elizabeth published poems in Imago and Southerly literary journals and wrote a number of novels in a variety of genres, including romance, romantic suspense and Fantasy. These earlier novels, as unpublished manuscripts, earned recognition in a number of competitions, including: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)
Elizabeth is a member of NSW Writers Centre, Sisters in Crime and RWA. She currently works privately as a writing mentor/counsellor/tutor, and teaches creative writing by distance through TAFE (NSW) Oten. Her work is represented by agent, author and former editor, Virginia Lloyd.