Romantic suspense author Elizabeth Jennings has written over 35 novels under her own name Elizabeth Jennings and under the penname Lisa Marie Rice. She is also the director of a writer’s conference and is involved in the Matera Women’s Fiction Festival.


Elizabeth Jennings is eternally 30 years old and will never age. She is tall and willowy and beautiful. Men drop at her feet like ripe pears. She has won every major book prize in the world. She is a black belt with advanced degrees in archaeology, nuclear physics, and Tibetan literature. She is a concert pianist. Did I mention her Nobel Prize? Of course, Elizabeth Jennings is a virtual woman and exists only at the keyboard when writing. She disappears when the monitor winks off.

That’s my story and I’m sticking to it. Now isn’t that an interesting bio to have? Isn’t that a thousand times better than saying that I’m a middle-aged, woman, no longer in the very, very first flush of youth, who basically sits in front of a computer screen all day in her pajamas? 

There’s not much calculation when creating my characters: They literally become alive for me and when my character says—I’m a singer or a designer or I love books—well, that’s that. One true fact: Looking out of my study across my wonderful terrace I see a bright blue line which is the Ionian Sea. And if I had a powerful enough telescope I could see the Greek temple where Pythagoras taught.