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/