Elizabeth C. Main grew up in University Place, Washington, a beautiful but rain-soaked part of the Puget Sound area. It wasn't until she and her husband Bob moved east of the Cascade Mountains in 1970 that she started experiencing sunshine most days of the year. She has enjoyed the peacefulness of small-town life in Eastern and Central Oregon ever since. Liz and Bob and their two children, Karen and Eric, lived in Fossil and Canyon City before finally settling in Bend 28 years ago. Once the children were grown, Liz turned her attention to writing stories with an Oregon setting. A Star for Courage is her first published young adult novel. Set on the Oregon Coast, this adventure novel grew out of a cave Liz once spied at a family reunion at Neskowin. She has also written a contemporary romance novel, Richer by Far (Avalon Books), and a mystery, Murder of the Month (Five Star). Both have a Central Oregon setting. Her short stories have been published by Cricket, Ladybug, and Child Life magazines. When she isn't writing or traveling, she works part-time at the Book Barn, an independent bookstore in downtown Bend. She still appreciates the Central Oregon sunshine.