About Elise

Elise Stephens began her career in writing at age six, illustrating her own story books and concocting wild adventures. Stephens counts authors Neil Gaiman, C.S. Lewis, and Margaret Atwood among her literary mentors, and has studied under Orson Scott Card. She dreams often of finding new ways to weave timeless truths into her stories. She is a recipient of the Eugene Van Buren prize for fiction. Her novels include Moonlight and Oranges (2011), and Forecast (2013), and Guardian of the Gold Breathers (2015, INDIEFAB Book of the Year Finalist). She lives in Seattle with her family.

Find her on Twitter @elisestephens and Facebook.

Elise is available for:

  • Book club appearances
  • Conducting writing workshops
  • Guest blog posts


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GUARDIAN OF THE GOLD BREATHERS (2015) – Ireland, 1958.12-year-old Liam discovers a dragon egg in the forest behind his house. Learn more here.

Praise for Guardian of the Gold Breathers:

“…An imaginative and heartfelt story that will enchant and surprise young and adult readers alike.”

-Terry Persun, author of DOUBLESIGHT


FORECAST (2013) A 15-year-old Calvin embraces a magical ability to see the future in order to save his family. Learn more here.

Praise for Forecast:

“Elise Stephens is one of the most exciting and talented writers I’ve encountered in a long, long time. And in Forecast she makes good on that promise and more.”

-Robert Clark, author of MR. WHITE’S CONFESSION, Edgar Award Winner


“Through ardent, unstinting labor and an unstoppable drive, Author Stephens has wrought a coming of age tale that whisks the reader deep into Otherworld—that unseen place you hope is there, behind the wall, through the magic portal—because you know where the door is, but where is the key? If you’re into urban fantasy, Forecast is the book for you. A stunning novel for our age.”

-Robert J. Ray, author of THE WEEKEND NOVELIST Series


“Elise Stephens has written an enchanting, atmospheric novel for young adults that is exquisitely crafted. In FORECAST, the teenage protagonists Calvin and Cleo, draw you in immediately. The twins are authentic young people with daring and heart.  You empathize with them and cheer them on as they uncover the “family” power that the universe has granted them. FORECAST is a transformative read that combines suspense, mystery, magic, and sentiment. It holds the key to unlock any teen’s imagination.”

– Gale Martin, author of DON JUAN IN HANKEY, PA and GRACE UNEXPECTED


MOONLIGHT AND ORANGES (2011) – a story of young love, second chances, destiny, and adventure. Learn more here.

Praise for Moonlight and Oranges:

“A brilliant novel that sends you on a rugged trek as the characters discover, fight and surrender to their fate. Beautifully written!”

“…This book is definitely worth the time to read. You will be so captivated by its skillful character and plot development, that time flies. I recommend Moonlight and Oranges without reservation. I would suggest, however, that you budget your reading time accordingly since you could find this book too engrossing to put down.”