Elisabeth Hirsch/Stilson (pen name EC Stilson)
(1983-02-02)February 2, 1983
Novelist; editor, publisher
Phil Stilson, Ruby Stilson
Elisabeth Hirsch/Stilson (February 2, 1983 – present) is an American publisher, editor, and was one of the founders of Wayman Publishing. Stilson( penname EC Stilson) is also known for her memoirs, musical talents, and personal appearances speaking across the United States.
3 Personal life
5 Additional publication credits
EC Stilson’s father, Phil Stilson, is the president of a multimillion-dollar construction company, Most Wanted Drilling;[not in citation given] her mother, Ruby Stilson, is an accountant and percussionist (best known for playing “Wipeout” after becoming Miss CEU and Miss Carbon County in 1969 and 1970). Stilson’s older siblings Julie Laub (a high school chemistry teacher) and Shane Stilson (a published author and mechanical engineer) were strong influences on the youth. The latter became an integral literary and social influence, always reading to Stilson and encouraging her to become a writer herself.
Stilson attended Brighton High School, the same public school as American model and actress Nicole Muirbrook, and football star Reno Mahe. After graduating from high school two trimesters early, Stilson traveled to Hawaii and became a homeless violinist with Cade Morris, who plays the guitar. Months later they returned to Utah, married, and had children. It was during 2001–2003 that Stilson wrote her first memoir, The Golden Sky. In 2001, her father was diagnosed with colon cancer. In 2003 her second child, a boy, died of birth defects after living 2½ short months, and her marriage started failing. In 2005, in an effort to cope with stressful situations, Stilson went back to school and received her associate degree from Western International University (2007).
Stilson was willing to work almost any job. She worked as a food server, shelved at a local library, worked as an auto parts specialist and mechanic on big rigs, and even modeled at 5.7.9., Cottonwood Mall, and Trolley Square, among other places.
It was during one particular modeling session that Stilson realized she had a knack for fashion design. While still attending the university, Stilson started her first two businesses, EC Boutique, a children’s clothing company (2005–11) and