Of all our shows with multiple hosts, Beauties & Headcanons is the only one (right now) with an all-mom lineup. Elisabeth Thorpe, who came to the show in February 2018, brings the perspective of a mom, wife, writer, extra-chunky peanut butter lover, gamer, and comic enthusiast!
At her home in North Carolina, Elisabeth lives with her husband and son. When she’s not podcasting, she’s probably “preset-tweaking” characters in Elder Scrolls games, working on writing one of her fanfic stories, or rewatching Batman: The Animated Series (highly recommended!). Her favorite fandoms include The Elder Scrolls, Supernatural, DC comics, Harry Potter, The Lord of the Rings, Star Trek, and Star Wars, to name a few.
Elisabeth began writing fan fiction (also known as “fanfic”) stories because of her interest in the “behind-the-scenes” aspect of her favorite fandoms. She uses the “what if” scenarios that would play out in her mind as the basis for her writing. “As I grew up I was very hesitant to actually write as I didn’t think I could relate the clear pictures I had in my head. One day, I’m not even sure why, I just opened up a blank Word document and tried, “ Elisabeth says. “It certainly wasn’t the best, and I’d probably cringe at the writing now, but you learn by doing, and that was the start.” One of her first stories was about Obi-Wan Kenobi from the Star Wars saga, writing about his “lost years” on Tatooine before the movie “A New Hope” took place. “The original story [I wrote] is, of course, long gone, but I consider trying to resurrect it now and then, as I often do with my old, abandoned works.” With the upcoming Obi-Wan origin movie expected to come out from Lucasfilm, it would be interesting to see how they compare!
When Elisabeth writes, she draws inspiration from a wide variety of sources. “One of the biggest is probably music,” she says, “which inspires a lot of titles or themes or situations, but it’s far from the only thing. I just see stories begging to be told and I write them.” Where can we find Elisabeth’s work, you ask? Great question! Right now, she exclusively posts on Archive of Our Own (AKA AO3), under the username “emmadilla”. She does have some of her fanfics posted on other sites like FanFiction.net and AdultFanFiction.net but has since moved most those over to AO3 as well. If you’d like to keep up-to-date on her posts and updates, look for her to share info on her Tumblr on her username @emmadilla, and be sure to follow her writing Twitter account @em_writes_ao3!
Podcasting with Beauties & Headcanons is Elisabeth’s first venture into the world. She says, “I’d previously had zero experience with recording or editing, but talking geek is something I do a lot (and is actually how I met my husband!) so when my friend suggested I try out, I figured why not. I never thought I’d actually get the position, but here we are!” We are so happy to have Elisabeth as a part of the show, and she adds a great dynamic to really give the hosts a well-rounded perspective.