“If you want your children to be intelligent, read them fairy tales."
Who Is Elizabeth Hope?
A few years ago when I was in the middle of writing a bit of a gritty manuscript, I needed to do something as a pick me up. I had for a long time thought it would be fun to write a children's chapter book about animals, since I love animals so much. So I wrote a story called, Gordo and Chico: An Unexpected Friendship about an unlikely friendship between a ground squirrel and a caterpillar and their journey to the national park. My editor loved the story and encouraged me to get it published. But in doing so I felt compelled to do it under another pen name. You see, I was--and still am--trying to get established under my name Tammy Rébéré, and the stuff I normally write is for adults. There's a bit of violence, swearing, and um, love scenes--you know, all the good stuff. Not a huge amount, but definitely not for children. I didn't want to have a situation where kids would pick up a children's book under my own name and then also try to read other stuff that was not appropriate for them. It seemed fitting to have a separate name for the children's fiction genre.
Finding a new alias was a bit of a conundrum for me. I had a hard time choosing a name. Then one day as I was tossing some ideas around, my husband suggested Elizabeth Hope. At first I thought it would be bit weird, because that was supposed to be the name of our daughter who unfortunately never came to be. I thought long and hard about it, signed the name several times to see how it would feel, and you know, it was fine. In fact, it was more than fine. I am actually quite proud to bear the name Elizabeth Hope, and have one or more children's books as my legacy.
Please check out the Elizabeth Hope website to learn more about my alter ego and what I've written under that name. If you have kids, they will be sure to love it!