Hi, I'm Liesel.


Story lover. Character creator. Emotional evocateur. And USA Today Best Selling author!

“There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside of you.” –Maya Angelou

I’m a Christian, chocolate-eating, churchgoing, cookie-making, piano-playing author of transformational stories.

I’m an auntie to 20+ nieces and nephews, two of whom I take care of on a regular basis. They keep life real!

When I was little, I wanted to be a singer. I always loved singing and there was something so romantic about it.

I still love to sing, though I do so mostly in choirs or the shower, rather than as an actual thing.


Things You Don't Know About Me:

Don't drink coffee or alcohol.

The second of twelve kids.

Total Walking Dead Junkie.

Played Fast Pitch Softball for 10 Years

Favors Cerulean Blue

Loves the word, "wanderer."

As I got older, my dreams of being the next Celine Dion faded, as many of our childhood dreams naturally do as we mature and discover where our true passions lie.

From a very young age, I used to tell and write stories. I was the geek on the playground with a pencil and notebook, writing down stories while other kids played.

Don’t get me wrong. I played plenty, too. But I was the only kid I ever saw doing this.

I was, however, TERRIBLY insecure about letting others read my stories.

Most of them were what we would call fan fiction today. Writing an episode of my favorite tv show, or something similar.

Favorite Outfit: 


Comfortable Hoodie


Fancy Hair

As I got into high school, I decided I wanted to be a doctor. That was partly because I have family members in the medical field, so I had a high exposure to and appreciation of it. It just seemed like the obvious thing to do.

I'm also endlessly fascinated with science and how it fits into our world. The more elusive (cosmology, particle physics, nuclear chemistry) the more I enjoy thinking about it. So again, the science path seemed obvious.

Yet, through all my science classes and EMT training, I continued to make up stories in my head. I didn’t write many down at this stage, but when I got bored in my classes, I daydreamed about characters and stories.

I planned to go to medical school, but write best-selling novels on the side. (How I ever thought I’d have the time to pull off both is beyond me. Just the ambition of youth, I suppose.)

Liesel's Story Gifts Are:

Finding the Story Logic

Story Psychology for Audience Connection

Teasing out Discontinuities

Identifying the True Heart of the Story

This continued into college. I started pre-med classes and took several semesters of them. But this was where everything came to a head.

Where I’d always been a straight-A student, I found myself coasting and often barely passing. I simply didn’t care. It took several semesters to admit that perhaps the medical world just wasn’t my calling. (I can be mule-stubborn tenacious that way.)

When I finally admitted to myself that medical school was a no-go, I felt lost. What was I supposed to do?

I searched my soul for as long as I could. Almost a full afternoon.

It took only hours to land on fiction writing. It had been my constant companion for many years. I simply didn't realize it’s what I should have been doing all along.

I switched my major, and my entire life transformed. I’ve never looked back.

Favorite Things:


Complicated Recipes


Deep Conversations

Ten years later, I’m a USA Today Best-Selling author, have written 20+ books, and taken years to figure out this crazy-wonderful industry.

Now I want to pass on 10+ years of knowledge to you.

I believe with all my heart that stories change the world, and often save it. Human beings need escapism. We need to live vicariously through characters outside ourselves to understand our own minds, hearts, and beliefs. We yearn to see others overcoming in order to find our own strength. We crave the hope reading fiction provides.

Studies show that those who read stories have larger, more active empathy centers. Reading stories makes us kinder and more compassionate. It makes us better humans.

You have stories in you that only you can tell. The world is waiting for them. Let me teach you how to write them in the best way possible and get them to the people who desperately need them, even if they don’t know it, yet.

C’mon Brilliant Storyteller! Let’s become prolific authors, and save the world!

Favorite Foods:

Dark Chocolate


American Mexican

Loaded Hamburgers

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