Elizabeth Carter Wellington traveled the world alone at sixteen and lived in India for a year. After earning a Master of Arts degree from Johns Hopkins University and a PhD from Boston University she taught at Boston University, Simmons, Babson and Wellesley College.
In the seventies, she joined a three-ring circus and traveled with the show throughout the Deep South. Circus Girl: A Novel is based on her real life experiences on the road and the stories of the circus people she knew.
Elizabeth talks about the story behind Circus Girl in this short video: