Elizabeth Lamont (pronounced LAMM-unt) is the pen name of Kate Elizabeth Patrick, who has been writing stories since she was six years old. She has read fantasy all her life, and still enjoys a good yarn set in another world. When it comes to influences, Elizabeth often pores over the works of the Brothers Grimm, Hans Christian Andersen, George MacDonald, J.R.R. Tolkien, C.S. Lewis, Lloyd Alexander, N.D. Wilson, Cornelia Funke, Michael Ende, Shannon Hale, and Gail Carson Levine. One day she hopes to write as exquisitely as they do. If she isn’t writing, Elizabeth is reading constantly or else playing piano. She currently resides in Cincinnati, Ohio, with her parents and six siblings. You can visit her at elizabethlamont.webs.com.
Families are more important than you think. In today’s individualistic society, it is common for a person (male or female) to feel primary obligations to oneself—to look after oneself, look out for oneself, better oneself, or elevate oneself. Very rarely do we meet people whose chief concerns are their blood-brothers, their aging parents, or their estranged sisters. In other words, people rarel
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