Elizabeth Sims

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Elizabeth Sims is an American writer living on the West Coast. She is best known for her Lillian Byrd mysteries, a four-novel series published by Alyson Books (New York), beginning in 2002. The second book in the series, Damn Straight, won a 2003 Lambda Literary Award. The main character, Lillian Byrd, is a reporter turned sleuth whose quest for true love takes her into dangerous places. The series, set mostly in the Detroit, Michigan, area, is noted for its off-kilter characters and wry humor.

In 2008, Sims launched a new suspense series with St. Martin's Press Minotaur. The first novel, The Actress, was published in June, 2008. This new series represents Sims's departure from the gay-lesbian genre niche to mainstream suspense fiction. The main character, Rita Farmer, is a single mother and struggling Hollywood actress who is recruited to secretly coach the unsympathetic defendant in a high-profile murder trial.

Sims has written several articles for Writer's Digest Magazine.

Sims has degrees in English from Michigan State University and Wayne State University. She is a member of Mystery Writers of America, Sisters in Crime, and American Mensa.


  • The Actress (2008, St. Martin's Minotaur)
  • Easy Street: A Lillian Byrd Crime Story (2005, Alyson Books)
  • Lucky Stiff: A Lillian Byrd Crime Story ( 2004, Alyson Books)
  • Damn Straight: A Lillian Byrd Crime Story (2003, Alyson Books)
  • Holy Hell: A Lillian Byrd Crime Story (2002, Alyson Books)

Short Fiction and Poetry

  • "I am Calico Jones" - short story in Romance for Life, ed. by Lori L. Lake and Tara Young, Intaglio Publications, 2006.
  • "Play Money" - short story in Best Lesbian Love Stories 2004, ed. by Angela Brown, Alyson Books, 2004.
  • "For Faye" - short story in A Woman’s Touch, ed. by Valerie Reed, Alyson Books, 2003.
  • "The Smudge" - a populist-style literary journal based in Detroit (now defunct). Poems in Spring 1978, Summer 1978, Winter 1978-79.
  • Moving Out - a feminist literary annual (now defunct):
  • - Short story "Beautiful" vol. 13, 1987.
  • - Short story "Cleva" vol. 14, 1989. Co-winner, prose contest.
  • - Served on editorial board, 1992-93.
  • Nonfiction Port Angeles Symphony Orchestra: Seventy-Five Years of Music on the Strait, with Ned Thomas, published by the symphony, 2007.


  • "A New York Lunch," forthcoming feature in Writer's Digest.
  • "Learning from the Classics," forthcoming feature in Writer's Digest.
  • "A Hollywood Hunt for Deep Background," feature in Writer's Digest, December, 2007.
  • "Start Me Up!" feature in Writer's Digest, December, 2006.
  • "Store Wars," lead article in LOGOS: Journal of the World Book Community, vol. 13, issue 2, (2002).


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