Elizabeth Cunningham is the descendant of nine generations of Episcopal priests. She grew up hearing rich (sometimes terrifying) liturgical and biblical language. When she was not in church or school, she read fairytales and fantasy novels or wandered in the enchanted wood of an overgrown, abandoned estate next door to the rectory. Her religious background, the magic of fairytales, and the numinous experience of nature continue to inform her work. 

Cunningham is best known for The Maeve Chronicles, a series of award-winning novels featuring a feisty Celtic Magdalen. She also recorded MaevenSong, a CD of original music from The Maeve Chronicles. The Book of Madge, a graphic novel, and the source of The Maeve Chronicles, is forthcoming from Imagination Fury Arts in 2017.

Her earlier novels include The Wild Mother, How to Spin Gold, and The Return of the Goddess, A Divine Comedy (to be re-released September 1, 2017 by Imagination Fury Arts in a 25th anniversary edition), She is the author of three collections of poems Small Bird, Wild Mercy, and So Ecstasy Can Find You.

Murder at the Rummage Sale is her debut mystery novel. She is at work on a sequel.

An ordained interfaith minister, Cunningham is in private practice as a counselor. She is a fellow emeritus of Black Earth Institute and writes regularly for Feminism and Religion. She is the mother of grown children and lives with her husband in New York State’s Hudson Valley.