Kirkley Elizabeth

"God made man because He loves stories." - Elie Wiesel, The Gates of the Forest


My name is Kirkley Elizabeth, and I’m a published writer of fiction and creative non-fiction. My latest projects are a middle-grade historical adventure novel with fantastical elements, and a memoir.

The seed of my debut novel, American Fledgling, was planted when my husband I and were sitting in Sabrina’s Cafe in Callowhill, Philadelphia one autumn.  It was Thanksgiving weekend, and we somehow got onto the topic of unique Thanksgiving traditions in our great country.  Out of one of those traditions, the idea for my novel, American Fledgling was born.  American Fledgling is a novel for upper middle-grade readers, and it touches on themes of democracy vs. authoritarianism, the power that one individual has to shape the course of history, and the power of imagination to create reality. Each of the images below reflects a hint about this novel featuring animal life, alternate American history, and magic.

American Fledgling is complete, and I am currently seeking representation for this 44,000 word middle grade novel.

My memoir-in-progress centers on my family, and my travels throughout China, where I lived for two and a half years, and back.