Born in Charleston, West Virginia, Elizabeth grew up there with an extended family of grandparents, aunts and uncles, and cousins. Her mother’s father was the youngest of ten children living in the New River Gorge area, riding a rail car from Kaymoor down into the valley to gather wildflowers by the river. Her father’s mother mowed the grass in high heels on Virginia Street in Charleston into her nineties, having been a young adult cutting more than few rugs in the Roaring Twenties.
Material for storytelling was never lacking.
When she can do whatever she wants to do, she writes.
Putting thoughts, emotions, and stories into words has always held a transformative power for me. When that power illuminates childhood experience or spiritual truth in some way — or ideally, shines light on both — I know I’ve done something good.
– Elizabeth Gaucher