About Liz

Elizabeth (Liz) Engstrom grew up in Park Ridge, Illinois (a Chicago suburb where she lived with her father) and Kaysville, Utah (north of Salt Lake City, where she lived with her mother). After graduating from high school in Illinois, she ventured west in a serious search for acceptable weather, eventually settling in Honolulu. She attended college and worked as an advertising copywriter.

After eight years on Oahu, she moved to Maui, found a business partner, and opened an advertising agency. One husband, two children and five years later, she sold the agency to her partner and had enough seed money to try her hand at full time fiction writing, her lifelong dream. With the help of her mentor, science fiction great Theodore Sturgeon, her first book, When Darkness Loves Us, was published.

Engstrom moved to Oregon in 1986, where she lives with her husband Al Cratty, the legendary muskie fisherman, and their Duck Tolling Retriever, Jook. She holds a BA in English Literature with a concentration in Creative Writing, a Master’s in Applied Theology, and a Certificate of Pastoral Care and Ministry, all from Marylhurst University.  In addition to writing, she provides interfaith, non-denominational spiritual care through Love and Mercy Ministries.  She is a long-time student of The Urantia Book. An introvert at heart, she still emerges into public occasionally to teach a class in novel or short story writing, or to speak at a writer’s convention or conference. She is on the board of Wordcrafters in Eugene, a literary organization.

Her latest thriller, Baggage Check, was released from IFD Publishing in 2013, and How to Write a Sizzling Sex Scene, her latest nonfiction book, was released in 2015, also from IFD. 

In 2014, Candiland, a movie based on Liz’s book Candyland, was filmed in Vancouver, B.C., directed by Rusty Nixon and Produced by Motorcycle Boy Productions. The film is scheduled for a 2014 release.

See more or view her schedule at her website here.

16 responses to “About Liz

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  2. Liz!

    I’m tagging you! Check out today’s post on my blog.

    Just for Friday funsies, xo, Lisa

  3. Hey Liz, great blog! I would like to touch base with you about your blog. Please contact me directly at chris@greenpress.com

    Look forward to hearing from you.


  4. Captain Manthey Ret.

    So good to see such a great photo of you.
    Think of you often and the JCCC.
    I have read each of your books.

    Take care and God Bless.

  5. robert haaversen

    i had a dream about you last night and wanted to see if you are alright. i am still in spooner wisconsin and judy and i are still married (32 years , now). please let me know if you are okay.

  6. Charlie


    Thank you for the obit on Evan. I was his roommate and friend at the UW in Seattle and had lost contact for the last 45 years. Sorry that he got away before I could reconnect.


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  14. Bob Gould

    Liz (or Betsy) -;),
    Long time no see; not since Kahuku and Sunsource days! I just ran across the blue TBird photos when cleaning out our house and thought I would look you up. I find you have become a real success, and that is great and well deserved! I think of you often and fondly. You are a very cheerful person with a REALLY strange imagination, and I still have your first book. I retired in 1998, so I have not seen your cousin for ages, either.

    Write back if you get a chance.

  15. Rick

    Hi, my name is Rick. I also lived on the big island in Hawaii for 7 years. Now I live in Eugene. Small world. I just got a copy of “Lizzie Borden”. I’m a bit unclear if it’s going to be all fiction or mixed with what few facts are known. I’m looking forward to it. Thank you.

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