About the author

Liz with her hearing dog, Toby

Liz with her hearing dog, Toby

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!

Liz Thompson

2 thoughts on “About the author

  1. I Liz. Remember me? My husband and I camped close to you at Elkmont the first week of October. We were called home because of the emergency surgery of our daughter. We didn’t realize how close to losing her we had come until we got home. She had a blood pressure reading of 50/30 and a blood count of 6 when they finally did the hysterectomy. She is very strong and healthy, but this has really pulled the rug out from under her. She has had a couple of set backs but is slowly getting her strength back as the healing process works. Thank you for your prayers for our family. God is so good and His grace and mercy allowed her to stay with us.

    Your web page is amazing. I have added it to my favorites. You really put time, energy, and a lot of meaningful thought and prayer into it. Thank you so much for using God’s gift to you in such a special way.

    God be with you until we meet again.
    In His love,
    Carolyn Doub


  2. Liz I ask that you pray for my 85 yr old Mom who recently was able to get hearing aids through the assistance of a local Lions Club. She had promised me if I helped her procure the hearing aids she would wear them. She only wears them when we are going outside the house because she said she doesn’t need to hear anything otherwise. I have tried to reason with her and explain to her God didn’t give her ears to hear selectively when she was born, but to no avail. I prayed for the resources to get the aids for her, now I find I am praying for her to wear them.


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