Portage, WI, US
Elizabeth Eulberg was born and raised in Wisconsin before heading off to Syracuse University and then making a career in the New York City book biz. The Lonely Hearts Club is her first novel.
Elizabeth's life was centered on music "Music dominated my high school existence," she explains. "If I wasn't practicing piano or playing in pep band, jazz band, etc., I was listening to music. A career in the music industry was something I aspired to." Her mother, who is a librarian, gave her a book called Careers in the Music Industry. After doing some research, she decided that public relations and A&R interested her the most.
After graduating from Syracuse University's School of Public Communications, She got a job at a small entertainment firm. After receiving a phone call from a reporter asking about a book published by one of their licensing clients, she called the publisher's head of publicity. He let Elizabeth know they had an opening for a publicist and asked if she knew of anybody. Feeling unhappy in her current position, she quickly said yes, and within a week, she had the job.
Elizabeth was always carrying story ideas in her head. "I had a lot of people tell me that I should write," she says, "but I kept thinking about all the people who think that writing a book is easy, anybody can do it. What makes me any different? Why should I think that I could write a book?" Eventually, she did give it a try. "I started with a couple of ideas that fizzled out, mostly because they were too serious. Then I remembered the books that I really enjoyed as a teen, books that were fun."
The moment that inspired The Lonely Hearts Club occurred when she was out with a friend one night. "The friend in question is one of those girls who always has to have a boyfriend, can't survive unless she is with a guy, and changes herself to please him," Elizabeth says. "It hit me: I should write a book about a group of happily single girls who form a club. My brain started immediately searching for a good club name and, being a huge Beatles fan, Lonely Hearts Club jumped out at me. Just like that. I didn't grow up a huge Beatles fan nor were my parents fans, but when I look back on my childhood, they were present. In high school and college, I started buying their albums and realized how many of their songs I knew, everybody knows at least one Beatles song - they are classics."
Elizabeth Eulberg lives outside of Manhattan with her three guitars, two keyboards, and one drumstick. In researching The Lonely Hearts Club, she tried swearing off boys forever. It didn't work. For more information about her, visit http://www.elizabetheulberg.com/