Elizabeth Rains is the author of two non-fiction books, Demon in My Blood and The Vancouver Parents Survival Guide. She has been a reporter for the Vancouver Sun and an editor for several magazines. She currently writes a column for the Coast Reporter newspaper.

Elizabeth was editorial director and publisher of Pacific Rim Magazine for 14 years and also served as managing editor of The Capilano Review. She has twice been president of the Magazine Association of B.C. She freelances as a writer, editor and publishing consultant. She speaks frequently at industry events.

She holds a master's degree in journalism from Carleton University. She has won the Dr. M. Sheila O’Connell Prize for Children’s Literature, the Christoph Halens’ award for environmental writing, and the B.C. & Yukon Community Newspapers Award for Outstanding Achievement in Journalism. Her specialty is writing memoir and profiles that she knits into socially significant topics.

Demon in My Blood: My Fight with Hep C and a Miracle Cure

Demon in my Blood

Greystone Books, 2017

Was it wild parties and rough sex, a blood transfusion after childbirth or after a horrific accident involving a group of bikers, or perhaps some other event during the freewheeling 1960s and early 1970s that funneled the demon into her blood? Regardless, decades later, on the verge of cirrhosis, Elizabeth Rains had to confront the fact that she was infected with hepatitis C, often a death sentence. But Rains was lucky. She was able to obtain the new, tremendously costly lifesaving antivirals, and became one of the early patients to be cured. This book tells her story while also shedding light on the workings of this insidious disease, the suffering it has caused other victims, and the path to a cure for everyone.


Vancouver Parents Survival Guide


Brighouse Press, 1990

Elizabeth's first book, The Vancouver Parents Durvival Guide, was published by Brighouse Press. It was a regional best seller in Vancouver, British Columbia.