ELIZABETH WINTHROP (www.elizabethwinthrop.com), the author of over sixty works of fiction for all ages, describes herself first and foremost as a storyteller. Writing as Elizabeth Winthrop Alsop, she has published an e-book memoir piece entitled Don’t Knock Unless You’re Bleeding, Growing up in Cold War Washington, which hints at the underground life she lived as the daughter of a famous journalist during the McCarthy era. She tells the story in more detail in her current project, a memoir-in-progress, entitled The Daughter of Spies. In this book, she views her family history through the lens of her relationship with her mother, a British war bride who, at the age of eighteen, married an American parachutist who would become the world-renowned, syndicated columnist, Stewart Alsop. Even though she has spent a lifetime creating stories for readers of all ages, Winthrop has found the story of her own life to be the hardest one to tell.
Winthrop’s historical novel, Counting on Grace, was chosen as a Notable Book of the Year by the American Library Association, the National Council of Social Studies, the International Reading Association and the Children’s Book Council among others.
The Castle in the Attic and its sequel, The Battle for the Castle, nominated for numerous state book awards, are considered children’s fantasy classics. Some of her popular picture books include Dumpy La Rue, Shoes and Lucy and Henry are Twins.
Winthrop is also the author of two novels for adults, In My Mother’s House and Island Justice (recently released as an e-book). Her short story, The Golden Darters, was a selection of the Best American Short Storie,s and has been widely anthologized. She lectures about the creative process in schools and universities all over the country.