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Interview on NSOL Radio with Robbie Cornelius

I believe it’s a joyful experience to free yourself from judgment; have you ever tried to relate to others first as a human before thinking of them as a member of a race, creed or religion? I recently discussed self-love and love for others with Robbie Cornelius on NSOL Radio and the experience was both emotional and incredibly inspirational. Listen to the interview below to learn how managing your fear, removing prejudice and avoiding negative stimulation in your life can free your spirit and help you to be truly happy with who you are.




Secrets of a Nun: My Own Story Earns Outstanding Ratings!

I am so happy to have participated in the 3rd Annual Writer’s Digest Self-Published eBook Awards with my submission, Secrets of a Nun: My Own Story! Although I did not win the award, I am thrilled to share the book received outstanding, 5 out of 5 ratings in every category! Please read on to see the full review from a judge at the 3rd Annual Writer’s Digest Self-Published eBook Awards.


Entry Title: Secrets of a Nun: My Own Story

Books are evaluated on a scale of 1 to 5, with 1 meaning “needs improvement” and 5 meaning “outstanding”. 

Structure, Organization, and Pacing: 5

Spelling, Punctuation, and Grammar: 5

Production Quality and Cover Design: 5

Plot and Story Appeal: 5

Character Appeal and Development: 5

Voice and Writing Style: 5


Judge’s Commentary:

The author has a beautiful writing voice, extremely engaging and friendly, a contrast to what some readers may hold as their personal experience with nuns. The author sounds more like a learned friend whose visits you always look forward to.

Stories are shared with excellent detail and well-rounded illustrations, containing multi-faceted action and emotion, and sensory details that bring scenes to life. It’s a beautiful thing when an author writes with apparent ease and talent, cloaking the tremendous work that went into such a story. Well done.

We’re invited into a world usually described as hidden in secrecy, and it’s eye-opening to see the kinds of personal politics and vendettas usually seen in sorority houses. The author has welcomed us into fascinating corners of this realm, creating a memorable story. Scenes of sexual attraction, especially Jonathan’s coming on to her, are written beautifully, again surprising us with the details.

Beautiful descriptions of settings, especially the ‘jewel like chapel’ that is given such detail in such a short phrase. Author masters a lovely economy of words, presenting us with nice imagery. Roseann keeps hitting up against her boundaries, creating a nice sense of tension in the beginning, and we observe and feel her growth throughout. Very well done. A beautiful read.

Judge, 3rd Annual Writer’s Digest Self-Published eBook Awards

Interview on “The Michael Dresser Show!”

I’m so glad to have been recently featured on The Michael Dresser Show. In addition to having a great conversation with the host, Michael, about what it means to be spiritual in today’s rapidly changing world, I opened up about my experience as a former nun. From my reasons for entering the convent at the age of 15, to choosing to leave the nunnery forever, you’ll hear about my journey toward a renewed sense of spirituality. Listen now!

Elizabeth Featured on The Kovac’s Perspective

Steve from The Kovac’s Perspective recently featured me on his show, where I discussed my personal journey through the nunnery.  Touching on deep questions like the taboo subject of sexuality in the convent, the interview was fun and exciting. Steve and I both have a background in law enforcement and I was thrilled to be able to share my story with his listeners. Check out the full podcast here:



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Sandro Podcast Interviews Elizabeth About Her Journey

Sandro Podcast ( has interviewed Elizabeth about her journey through the convent and beyond. Touching on deep questions like her initial motivations to become a nun, to her first feelings as a free woman upon leaving, Sandro and Elizabeth have a great conversation about what truly makes them happy. Listen to the full interview here.


Huffington Post UK interviews Liz about life in & out of the convent

Elizabeth Upton has been featured in Huffington Post UK, allowing us to get a glimpse on the author’s younger years in the convent as a Carmelite nun and eventually her path towards becoming a corrections officer and at present, a lecturer and author.

Click here to read the full interview!

What Happens When A Nun Has A Love Affair And Leaves Her Convent?

Liz Upton Reveals All

by Rachel Moss | 4 September

Read the whole interview here

Elizabeth Upton’s life may read like the script for a Hollywood film, but her incredible story is absolutely real.

Liz became a nun at the age of 16, but after many years of living in a New York convent, she embarked on a secret love affair which completely changed her life.

Since then, Liz has re-invented herself more times than Madonna. First she worked as probation officer, then a counselor. Now, California-born Liz has established herself as an author.

Hearing about Liz’s past, it seems like she has squeezed multiple lifetimes into just one. Her story can be an inspiration to us all, showing you don’t need to be defined by the choices you make early in life.

Liz chatted to us about her fascinating journey.

Liz says her unusual childhood was one of the major reasons she joined a convent in New York at the age of 16.

“When I turned 8 my mother re-married and her husband didn’t want us so we were put into an orphanage for two years.

“My time in the orphanage matured me – I had a real feel for people who suffered, from abandonment and rejection or from physical or emotional disorders,” she says.

Once Liz was back in the family home, her mother had a nervous breakdown, which also had a big impact on her own personal development.

“I ended up being a nun when I was quite young and I think it was due to the fact that although I was only 16 when I joined the convent, I really felt that spiritually and emotionally I was a twenty or thirty year old woman,” she adds. exclusive interview with Lucy Walton

Elizabeth Upton | Female First exclusive interview

Dear readers,

It’s been an exciting month! I recently got featured in an exclusive interview with renowned UK women’s magazine Female First.

I had the pleasure of being interview by the wonderful Lucy Walton and in this interview, we explored my backgrounds in Psychology and social work and how it influenced my writing of fiction and non-fiction novels.

Please enjoy!

Exclusive interview with Elizabeth Upton

by Lucy Walton | 

Read the whole interview here

The Shaman and the Mafia is a crime-romance novel. The story involves Marietta Collins, who left the cloistered life to be independent and free of religious restraints. She heads a youth drug rehab centre and is dedicated to ridding the community of the growing criminal element and restoring it to the pleasant tourist town it once was. As the story opens, Marietta learns that Joseph Gleason, a friend and drug informant, who was secretly in love with her, has been brutally murdered, the victim of a mafia hit. In the course of the investigation she meets the victim’s brother, FBI assistant director Raymond Gleason. There’s an instant attraction between the two and he becomes her first lover. Raymond gives FBI agent Jerry Young, who is also his best friend, the responsibility of investigating the murder and hunting down the mafia’s kingpin. He discovers that the mob boss, who also has ties to the Russian mafia in Florida, is involved in underage prostitution, illicit drugs and a string of murders. While the story revolves around Marietta, Jerry, and Raymond, there are several other personalities dealing with conflicted emotions in the world of corruption, murder, and depravity. This is an action-packed crime-drama and love story that also examines the conflicted emotions of the characters as they try to make sense of their lives through the web of crime, darkness and light

You write both fiction and non-fiction so do you have a preference between the two?

Presently I am enjoying writing fiction with another fiction book coming out in 2015. However, my varied life and eclectic list of life experiences always influence my fiction writing and manage to find their way into the characters’ storylines. I feel my life enriches my fiction writing. However, saying that it’s extremely therapeutic writing non-fiction or memoirs gives you a chance to reflect on the lives you’ve lived, those I’ve already completed will be republished during 2014 and 2015.

How much has your background in psychology helped you to better understand your characters?

I believe my education and enthusiasm for learning and wanting to understand what drives people’s motivations and behaviours has helped tremendously. However, nothing compared to my real life and work experience, beginning with when my sister and I were put in an orphanage for two years when we turned eight years old and experiencing those elements of society and psychology first hand.

Radio interview with WebbWeaver Books

I’m delighted to share my interview with WebbWeaver Books. So much fun talking about the adventures of Marietta. Please enjoy! Looking forward to sharing with you all more updates about The Shaman and The Mafia

xxo Liz

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