Elizabeth Gibson got hooked on reading and writing at about the age of thirteen. She became interested in history when she read the "Bicentennial Series" by John Jakes. In college, she combined these interests as she pursued a double major in English and history. Elizabeth began a career as a freelancer when she researched place name origins in eastern Washington. Her articles have appeared in several local publications and online, and she has written five books about the American West. She has worked as a technical writer for a government contractor for more than fifteen years. Elizabeth lives in Kennewick, Washington.