For visiting. For loving words & stories. For being you, as you are.
To me, books are both delightful treasures and digestifs for life truths.
My favorite reads string together words in an exquisite necklace of insight, beauty, and surprise. As a writer, this is my perpetual pursuit.
Heart-centered. Emotions on sleeve.
Peaking around corners. A playful glint in our eyes.
I hope you find this site a reprieve from the noise, and a calming space to learn about me. My books. Along with short stories, essays, and vignettes that haven't made it into a book...yet.
I'm currently working on an idea I've had for ten years, a rites of passage novel about…
…a young girl who counts words,
…a boy who digs for bones, and
…a weeping willow, at lake's edge, rooted with a lie everyone believes to be true. The truth is, sometimes, so hard to wrangle.
"Reminiscent of Anne Lamott's works,
The Elegant Out grapples with the glorious, messy intersection of real life and true art."
Patricia Minger, Author of Magic Flute
PRAISE for The Elegant Out
“...MOVING, ABSORBING, HONESTLY WRITTEN..."
JESSICA LEVINE, Author of Nothing Forgotten
“A RIVETING TALE OF MATURING WOMANHOOD AND IN INSIGHTFUL PEEK INTO THE CREATIVE PROCESS."
“REALLY LOVELY…FUN…IMPRESSIONISTIC...POETIC...EVOCATIVE. ELIZABETH BARTASIUS IS A PHENOMENAL WRITER."
KATE MALONEY, PhD, Producer & Executive Producer of WeRISEUP The Movie
"DELICIOUSLY FUNNY AND HONEST...EVERY WOMAN'S STORY."
KRISTINA HALL, comedian and creator of Stand Up!
"Hello. My name is Johnny Rose. Johnny Rose Parker. The first thing you should know about me is I'm a girl....
The second thing you should know about me is I didn’t do it"
If you'd like to meet the hero of our story, please feel free to download this one-page-prologue.
While I wrote this piece several years ago, as I begin the current drafting (or should I say re-drafting of this novel), this prologue remains my guiding light as to who this character is and what she wants.
Dear Reader, meet Johnny Rose...