Elizabeth King Humphrey earned her bachelor's from Columbia University, a master's in creative writing from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington, and an editing certificate from the University of Chicago. Her writing has appeared in The Writer, Scientific American Mind, AOL.com, WomenOnWriting.com, Greater Wilmington Business Journal, UNCW Magazine, and the Wilmington Star-News. Her book credits include an upcoming guide to eating gluten free, The Feminist Movement Today, part of the Finding a Voice series, and Reader’s Digest Know It All, as a contributor. She edits books for Amazon's CreateSpace, UNC Wilmington's Lookout Books, and several talented self-published authors. She manages publications for UNCW and teaches online copyediting courses for the University of California San Diego Extension.
Elizabeth is a member of the American Society of Journalists and Authors and has been involved with the local group of the North Carolina Writers’ Network. Before moving to North Carolina, the Denver native lived in Prague, London, and Johannesburg. She enjoys coaching writers, trolling bookstores, as well as reading and reviewing books for the San Francisco Book Review.
Elizabeth will lead a workshop with Addy Robinson McCulloch at the North Carolina Writers' Network 2013 Fall Conference titled "Editing Your Own Work: Much More than Grammar and Punctuation." Two professional editors will introduce the different levels of editing and discuss common weaknesses in manuscripts, including problems with voice, characterization, and writing style. Participants will walk away with a better idea of what to look for when editing their own work, including a self-editing “checklist” and information about affordable, reliable resources.
What’s the last book you bought for someone else?
Shortly before my father died, I bought him a book about writing his own story. It was something we were going to work on together.
Where’s your favorite place in North Carolina?
Feet in the sand at Wrightsville Beach.
Why do you write?
Because I have so much to say and love to put pen to paper.
What book would you take with you to a desert island, if you could take only one?
Any one of Tom Perrotta's, which will have me laughing and thinking well into the night.
What advice would you give someone just about to go on stage to read their work for the first time?
Remember to breathe.
What is the ideal time limit when someone is reading from their work?
I've found that it is often less than the time they are thinking is ideal.
Do you write to discover, or do you write point-to-point (for example, from an outline)?
Depends on what I'm writing. If my writing is helping me discover, then I keep an outline away. If I've already discovered my story, then I'll outline.
Do you think some books should be banned from schools?
What was the first thing you ever published?
A poem in a high school literary magazine.
If you could be a different author, living or dead, who would you be?
Michael Bond, who wrote my childhood favorite character and hero: Paddington Bear.
Do you read literary journals? What are some of your favorites?
Unfortunately, I rarely get a chance to read literary journals. I wish I had more time to read them!
Are you scheduled in the time you set aside to write, or is your writing time more flexible than that?
With three kids, I have flexible writing time. I just never know what will happen once I sit down to write. I do try to write in early mornings when they are still asleep.
If you could have a torrid but guilt-free affair with a fictional character, which one would it be?
No affairs, but there are a few characters I'd like to hang out with. And I'd definitely want to eat some orange marmalade with Paddington Bear.
Registration for the NCWN 2013 Fall Conference is now open.