I’m Elizabeth Fountain, an author living in a small town in central Washington state. I write stories that capture the delight and unintentional humor of everyday life, seen through the eyes of aliens and angels, Death and dogs.

I love books, movies, dogs, cats, vegetarian food (yes, French fries are vegetarian). My philosophy of writing (and life) is summed up in this quote from British singer/songwriter Chris Rea:

“every day, good luck comes in the strangest of ways”

my books

Reader Reviews – An Alien’s Guide to World Domination

“If you are looking for something different, something fun, something with heart, this is the book to read.”

“I inhaled this book with glee and you will too.”

Long and Short Reviews – You, Jane
You, Jane was one of the most thought-provoking stories I’ve read in a long time. This is a good choice for anyone in the mood for something that asks as many questions as it answers.” Long and Short Reviews

Buy these books…

From the publisher, BURST/Champagne Book Group

From Amazon for Kindle or print

From Barnes and Noble for Nook or print

Read more reviews, and information about my short stories, here.

my blog

My blog lives here, with my thoughts about writing, creativity, music, travel, life and baseball. You’ll also find guest blog posts from other authors, artists, and creative thinkers. I call my blog “Point No Point” because it is a real place in my home state, and it is also an inspiration, a meditation, and a state of mind.

other good stuff

Find interviews and author appearances here, and read my bio here.

Enjoy your visit!

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Author Biography

Author Biography

Elizabeth Fountain lives in Ellensburg, Washington, in the heart of the beautiful and diabolically windy Kittitas Valley. Her professional experiences as a counselor, instructor, university administrator, and failed barista contribute to her fiction and creative non-fiction stories that capture the delight and unintentional humor in everyday life, seen through the eyes of aliens and angels, Death and dogs.

In 2011, Liz left a high-pressure job in higher education administration to return to her first loves: teaching and writing. She completed two comic novels: An Alien’s Guide to World Domination (2013) and You, Jane (2014), both published by BURST! Books (Canada). Her short stories have been included in Randomly Accessed Poetics and Shared Whispers.

Reviewers praise her novels as “unbelievably clever, witty, tongue-in-cheek” and “a good choice for anyone in the mood for something that asks as many questions as it answers.” Liz belongs to the Ellensburg Yarn Spinners, a club devoted to the art of oral storytelling and spoken-word performance, and is thrilled to read aloud to all types of audiences.

Liz  blogs at Point No Point, where she hosts other authors and creative types, shares her short stories, poetry, and excerpts from her novels, and her thoughts about creativity, music, travel, friendship, and baseball.

Currently, Liz is working on a new novel that explores what happens when Death wants to retire early, a trilogy of tales about the power of forgiveness and the young girl who finds its formula, and a serial that examines the gentle humor of mid-life reboots, to be released in episodes on her blog.

Follow her on Facebook here.

To buy her work, go to this page.

Email Liz at lizfountain64@yahoo.com or use the contact form below.

Author Q&A

What’s your story?

I spent my childhood in central Washington state, fleeing to Seattle to go to college; I stayed there for nearly 30 years. I love Seattle: water, mountains, great bookstores and a terrific writing community.  In 2011 I left my demanding job there as a university administrator to follow my dream of writing books.  Life led me to Ellensburg, back on the east side of the Cascades; with its mix of college- and cow-town, it’s a fascinating, friendly, and funny community that’s welcomed me with open arms.

When did you start writing?

A while back, I was going through boxes in my garage, preparing to sell the house I’d lived in for about 10 years. I found one box oh-so-helpfully labeled “stuff.” Thank you, past self, I muttered, and opened the cardboard flaps to determine just what “stuff” it contained. I found some early poems and songs I wrote back in high school; that was in the early 80’s. I know I wrote stories before that, too, but (fortunately?) none seem to have survived.

In January, 2008,  I found myself complaining to a friend about the usual “celebration” of Martin Luther King Jr Day – sales of big-screen televisions at the local malls and big box stores. He challenged me: “So what will you do to celebrate MLK Jr’s life and message that’s different?” That night I started writing my first published novel; it’s a story of a sister and brother who lose and find each other, amidst a whole collection of eccentric humans and aliens who realize that no matter what planet they are from, they belong to one another.  My own zany, interplanetary version of the “I Have a Dream” speech? I guess so, in a way. And it hooked me on writing fiction in a big way.

Why do you write?

It’s always been a source of joy to me, playing with words. When I can put them together in a particular order that pleases the eye and ear, and also tells a ripping yarn, it’s a high like no other.  I must confess the power to create whole worlds, to bring people and things and places into being by writing on a page, is intoxicating, too. So maybe you could say I write because it’s the best form of self-medication I’ve ever found.

But that leaves out the best part – connecting with readers. In November 2012, I participated in National Novel Writing Month for the third time, writing 50,402 words in thirty days. I posted the novel as I wrote it, and toward the end of the month, I got a note from a reader who threatened never to read another word I wrote if I killed off the faithful dog character! That was a deep thrill – someone was reading, and cared passionately about these characters.

Being human is profoundly about communicating with one another, and writing stories is my way of doing that. I am grateful to have the opportunity and means to do it.

What have you written?

My first novel was published by the BURST! imprint of Champagne Book Group in spring, 2013. It’s that story I began on MLK Jr Day in 2008; five years later, I sent An Alien’s Guide to World Domination out into the world to find where it belongs among readers.

Since then I’ve had a second book published: You Jane, the story of a woman whose ability to write fables that come true wreaks havoc in her life and the lives of her friends, but also brings her own true love, came out in spring 2014.

I’ve published several short stories, and I’m a regular monthly contributor to The Writers Vineyard blog, along with other great Champagne Book Group authors.

What are you writing now?

I’m  working on The Life and Death of Saint Guinefort, a tale of Death, dying, and early retirement, along with guilt, redemption, and a magical Dodge van; and a trilogy that starts with The Law of Immediate Forgiveness, a story for young people that follows Amy June Pilgrim on a journey across the country and through her own fear and anger, accompanied by her grandfather and a heroic black Lab named Licky.

A very good friend of mine who is an amazing singer, songwriter, and guitar player likes to say “there are two kinds of musicians: those who are making music, and those who are making excuses.” Then he looks at me and reminds me the same goes for writers.

There are those who are writing, and those who are making excuses.

So yes, Dan, I’m writing… something. I promise.

My dog Charlie, the world’s best Blind Mini-Schnauzer from Mars, who died in October of 2011 after bringing us many years of joy and laughter. He inspired the dog in my first novel who saves the world – twice.
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Buy Books, Read Reviews

Amazon Author Page – click to find all my published work.

Amazon customer reviews – click the link to read what readers like you think.

You, Jane ebook cover

You, Jane 

Available from Barnes & Noble here.
Available in any ebook format from the publisher here.

Read the thoughtful review from Long and Short Reviews here.

Cover art for "An Alien's Guide to World Domination": Green alien with goofy grin waving at flying saucer.

An Alien’s Guide to World Domination

On Amazon – Now in print!

Click here for An Alien’s Guide for Nook from Barnes and Noble.

Click here for other e-reader options for An Alien’s Guide from BURST! Books.

Reviews for An Alien’s Guide:

Read the four-star review on Long and Short Reviews.
Peruse reader reviews on Amazon (4.8 out of 5 stars).

Short Stories:

Read my short story “Heaven” in Shared Whispers: Not all angels are found in Heaven. 

Cover of Shared Whispers
Click here to buy Shared Whispers

Find more short stories in Randomly Accessed Poetics on my Amazon Author Page here.



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Author Appearances, Interviews, and Guest Blogs

Here’s a list of my appearances, interviews, and guest blogs.


Workshop: Writing Your “Why”: Purposeful Connections with Readers – Rivers of Ink, Richland, WA: October 7-8, 2016


“Romance, Ranchers, and… Aliens?”  Local Author Day – A Book For All Seasons, Leavenworth, WA: June 18, 2016

Workshop: Power Up Your Imagination – Write on the River, May 14, 2016

Workshop: Finding Readers in the Digital Age, Rivers of Ink, October 9-10, 2015

Spoken Word Stage (reading/performance), Index Arts Festival, August 1, 2015

Autograph Party, Write on the River, May 2015

Think Local Author Day at Pybus Market, February 2015

Holiday Author Party, Jerrol’s, December 2014

Free story gift: “Some Old Ideas,” my time travel romance with a sense of humor, at Rita Bay’s Blog, December 15, 2014

Interviewed at The Write Path by Carmen Fox, September 2014

Intervewed at Rita’s Bower on Coffee Time Romance and More, September 2014

Author Autograph Party, July 18, 2014 – PNWA Annual Conference, Seattle

Celebration of Jerrol’s community award and book signing party, June 2014

Article on E-book Publishing in the Daily Record, June 5, 2014

Brown bag workshop on Working with a Small Press at Write on the River, May 2014

Local author party at Jerrol’s, April 2014

Interviewed on video before my workshop at Northwest Bookfest: Post by Northwest Bookfest.

Book spotlight for You, Jane at Dawn’s Reading Nook

Excerpt from “Heaven” at Worlds of the Imagination

Featured at Examiner

Monthly blogger at The Writers Vineyard

Guest blog at Coffee Time Romance and More: Coffee, Books, & a Blog

Guest blog at Savvy Authors (“Small Press, Big Rewards”)

Guest blog at Goosebumps on Rita Bay’s Blog

Guest blog at An Author’s Desk: Rita Bay’s Blog

Guest blog at Dawn’s Reading Nook

Guest blog at Savvy Authors (“Helpful Academicals for Novelists”)

Guest blog at Savvy Authors (“Greasing the Wormholes”)

Guest blog at Savvy Authors (“Moving Right Along”)

Guest blog at The Story Behind the Book

Guest blog at Words that Remain

Guest blog at Worlds of the Imagination

Interviewed at Allvoices

Interviewed at As the Pages Turn

Interviewed at Between the Covers

Interviewed at Literarily Speaking

Interviewed at Red Room

Interviewed at Review From Here

Interviewed at The Writer’s Life

Interviewed at The Book Rack

Interviewed at Straight From the Author’s Mouth

Interviewed at Gather

Interviewed at The Dark Phantom