Elizabeth Hutchison Bernard is an award-winning author of historical fiction. Her recent release, The Beauty Doctor, is a suspenseful tale that takes place in the early days of cosmetic surgery—when the world of medicine was a bit like the wild, wild West and beauty doctors were the newest breed of outlaw.
Elizabeth’s first love was music. As a vocalist, flutist and songwriter, she toured for nearly a decade as the lead singer for the popular band, Shiloh. Her musical compositions, some of them co-written and produced with some of the industries biggest names, range from rock to pop to smooth jazz and New Age.
A summa cum laude Communications graduate of Northwestern University (Evanston, Illinois), Elizabeth eventually traded her microphone for a pen. She settled in California, promoting international expositions for the music trade. In 1997, she moved to New York City where she was the Communications Director for the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS) and oversaw the development of the Cosmetic Surgery National Data Bank statistics, considered among the most authoritative sources for assessing trends in cosmetic surgery. Elizabeth was instrumental in founding the internationally acclaimed Aesthetic Surgery Journal, read in more than eighty countries around the world, and served as both the Managing Editor and the Executive Editor. Later, she was a primary consultant to the National Cosmetic Network, in partnership with the plastic surgery program of Johns Hopkins University, and an editorial consultant for the book Be Your Best: A Comprehensive Guide to Aesthetic Plastic Surgery.
Her in-depth knowledge of plastic surgery lends a unique perspective to her first work of historical fiction, The Beauty Doctor, while music takes center stage in her second historical novel, Temptation Rag. Both stories are set in turn-of-the-century New York City.
About her novel, The Beauty Doctor, Elizabeth says, “I have always been fascinated by the early days of cosmetic surgery and have been aware that many people don’t realize how far back it goes—even further, actually, than the time of my novel. But I thought the Edwardian era would be a great period in which to explore the deeper meanings of beauty, power and success—especially because that was when women in mainstream American society began to think of such choices as rightfully theirs. My heroine, Abigail Platford, first has to overcome grief and self-doubt before she can confront the powerful forces of evil that seek to define beauty and success only as they see it. Her journey is a discovery of hope, compassion and self-determination.”
Elizabeth currently lives in Arizona with her husband, Bob, and their black Labrador retriever, Pearly Mae.