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Elizabeth Creith

Crossing Guard, fiction, Dec 1, 2008

Elizabeth Creith lives and writes in rural Northern Ontario. At various times she has been a private investigator, a dispatcher, a freelance radio broadcaster and a professional potter. She believes that art is a necessary part of life, and that too much housework rots the soul.

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Get to know Elizabeth...

Birthdate? January 24, 1954

When did you start writing? As a child. Doesn't everybody? Really got into it in my teens, mostly  

school journalism and poetry. Wrote humour, slice-of-life, a shepherding  column and folklore for CBC radio from 1992 to about 2002.

When and what and where did you first get published? A humour piece called "A Loom with a View" in Threads magazine, September, 1990.

Why do you write? Because I must. I have these ideas that get me up at night if I don't do something about them.

Why do you write Science Fiction and/or Fantasy? I've read myth, parapsychology, fairy tales, fantasy, from my childhood. I thought everyone read this stuff. It just seems to be the way my mind works - humour or fantasy, a little horror now and then.

Who is your favorite author? Your favorite story? Hard to choose one favourite author. For fantasy, I don't think you can beat Terry Pratchett. He has a firm grasp of reality - this and others - and a solid common sense that brooks no idiocy. I love his take on magic, on myth, on the nature of reality and time. Of his books, I think the best is "Hogfather". But I can't really choose a favourite story overall, period. I know - and love - too many.

What are you trying to say with your fiction? Caution is advised. Things are not always as you think.

Do you blog? Where? Yes., where I talk mainly about my pet store (which is how I pay the bills) and my life there and in Wharncliffe, with  
my husband, dog and cat and pondful of koi.

my husband, dog and cat and pondful of koi.

If you could write your own epitaph, what would it say? I don't know. Maybe "Love and art, not necessarily in that order." But I can tell you definitely what it wouldn't say: "Her house was immaculate, and she never gained a pound after the day she was married"

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