This is me, Liz Thompson with my Hearing Dog, Toby Bear. I’m an author, columnist and freelance writer.
Thank you for visiting my website. Years ago I was taught to write what I know. Over the years, this has become real to me and I write from the heart. About what I know and love.
I was born on what would become an auspicious date, 9/11. 50 years to the day after my birth, I was in the newsroom when I witnessed the second plane hit the Twin Towers in NYC.
Growing up in Westerville, Ohio, I lived the small town America life for nearly 20 years. I attended Bowling Green State University for two years and later in my life, I earned another year of college credits with Ohio University distance learning. I worked for 28 years at all levels of secretarial work with a big emphasis on computers.
In the mid-1990s, my hearing was close to deafness and I floundered as a secretary. But I did learn advocacy for myself and others with disabilities.
In 1998, Suburban News Publications (SNP) published my first column. I continue that to this day with a two-year break. When we lived in Arizona from 2003-2005, I wrote a community column for The Arizona Republic newspaper. Suburban News Publications was bought by The Columbus Dispatch and now my columns appear in This Week Newspapers.
In 2000, I became a reporter for SNP and learned to write quickly, accurately and truthfully about what other people know. Hearing news and translating it into news stories was a challenge that was exhilarating for me. My editor, Martin Rozenman, was patient with my hearing loss and my being a 50-year-old newbie reporter, and he taught me well. Be sure and read the Foreword he wrote for my first book at this link: http://gupress.gallaudet.edu/bookpage/DBDbookpage.html
In 2002, I got my first cochlear implant that restored 95 percent of my hearing in the one ear, in a quiet setting. In 2009, I got an implant in my other ear and the world of sound really opened up for me. But I am still deaf when the batteries die.
Day by Day, The Chronicles of a Hard of Hearing Reporter, was published in 2008 by Gallaudet University Press. What a fun process that was. So much so, I wrote my second book, God Whispers: Nudges, Fudges and Butterfly Moments using my reporter skills to obtain stories from 15 contributors to add to my own perspective of how God talks to us.
Currently, I am working on my first fiction novel that I am calling, The Music of Life. Watch for more on that.
Please comment and come back often as my website grows.
Thanks for listening!