I was sitting with my husband, surrounded by a few boxes, enjoying a pot of tea. “So what am I good at?” I innocently asked him. I was mulling over finding a way to serve youth and women in a new way. I thought his answer would feature something like hosting parties, picking out colors since I’m a gem specialist, or witty dialogue in my fiction endeavors.
Instead he said, “You are AWESOME in a crisis!”
Hmmm. Mouth open for a full minute. “Wow, you’re kidding.” It took a while to digest.
I’m afraid he’s right—we were near a box full of favorite photos, hurriedly chosen after our third evacuation due to Southern California wildfires. Since the last fire burned our house down and took everything we owned, I tried to get all the photos and things I forgot to grab last time, just in case. I’m still a bit wary to unpack the last one until the heat passes again. My young son prayed for angels and firefighters that must have come because we survived.
That last phrase carries great weight: because we survived. We have learned to be resilient. And I want to live intentionally… and help prepare YOU for the unseen that may come your way. Click here for more thoughts…
Meet Elizabeth Van Tassel
* Corporate Experience, Youth Work, and Jewelry Expertise
Before writing fiction and non-fiction works, I received a BA in Journalism and Public Relations from Baylor University (1991) and was a professional with a Big Four accounting and professional services firm writing, marketing, and doing public relations for several years. My corporate experience included creating, writing, and managing many newsletters and proposals (RFPs), coordinating special events, designing advertisements, traveling nationally and internationally, presenting to small and large groups, teaching classes about presentation skills and client communication, and working with the media.
I also volunteered with Student Venture high school kids and loved watching new doors of understanding open for kids on the verge of adulthood.
In 1997, I graduated from GIA (the Gemological Institute of America) as a Graduate Gemologist, and worked for a high-end jeweler in Dallas, Texas selling and appraising jewelry.
Since becoming a parent and staying home to raise two wonderful boys, I’ve been in leadership with ministries for mothers and women and hosted Beth Moore studies.
Through the Christian Writer’s Guild, I’ve taken Fiction that Sells and in 2013 completed the Craftsman credential. I have been a member of the San Diego Christian Writer’s Guild and American Christian Fiction Writers for several years. I’m also involved with the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators.
I’ve just finished writing a novel that combines my love for tweens, interest in history, and knowledge of gems in the fractured fairytale/folklore vein that is so popular in middle grade/young adult fantasy fiction. Stay tuned for its release.
I’ve been married to my wonderful husband John since 1999, and we have two great sons who are also tweens. We live in Southern California and love boogie boarding at the beach. I enjoy reading fiction and nonfiction, following developments in the gem world, doing acrylic painting, cooking up fun recipes, drinking tea with friends, gardening, and watching our kids play in the band, robotics, and fencing.
I am available for speaking, coaching, and media interviews.