Elizabeth M. Gilbert is an American author, essayist, short story writer, biographer, novelist, and memoirist. She is the host of the Good Life Project podcast.
She was born in Waterbury, Connecticut in 1969, and grew up on a small family Christmas tree farm. She attended New York University, where she studied political science by day and worked on her short stories by night. After college, she spent several years traveling around the country, working in bars, diners and ranches, collecting experiences to transform into fiction.