McLachlan was born in Coaldale, Alberta, and has lived in many rural communities throughout the province. She currently resides in Lethbridge, Alberta, where she works as a freelance writer and editor. McLachlan continues to be a strong voice in the community. She hosts talks, has held a position as the Shortgrass Regional Library writer-in-residence, and is a member of the Writers Guild of Alberta, the Editors’ Association of Canada, and Toastmasters International.
Inspired by her father’s memoirs of life as a rural teacher during the Great Depression, Elizabeth McLachlan was compelled to record the stories of other teachers before they were lost forever. The two books that resulted were: With Unshakeable Persistence - a NeWest bestseller - and With Unfailing Dedication. In her best-selling book, Gone But Not Forgotten, McLachlan puts a human face on the rapidly vanishing wooden grain elevators, as she chronicles the tales of those whose lives and communities revolved around the prairie icons. Elizabeth's latest book, Herbert Has Lots for a Buck, is a hopeful examination of how twelve prairie towns came back after losing their populations to urban centres.