Hi! I’m Elissa!
I grew up in Utah Valley, which is apparently a hotbed of literary activity and has always felt a bit like fairyland. I’ve wanted to write fantasy stories ever since I learned how to read, which happened bright and early thanks to my wonderful parents. I was always surrounded with good books and encouraged to seek after beautiful things.
I’m married to the wonderful Tom Nysetvold, and we have three amazing children together. We live in Texas. I squeeze writing mostly into the moments when the kids are asleep. I also enjoy playing the piano, cooking, baking sourdough, yarn crafts, and reading. My favorite authors are J. R. R. Tolkien, Diana Wynne Jones, Gail Carson Levine, Jane Austen, Charlotte Bronte, Brandon Sanderson, Andrew Klavan, and Brandon Mull.
I’m a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. My faith inextricably shapes how I live as well as how I write. I know it, I live it, I love it.