Elaine the Author:
Elaine White is the author of multi-genre romance, covering everything from paranormal, crime and contemporary. Growing up in a small town and fighting cancer in her early teens taught her that life is short and dreams should be pursued. Living vicariously through her independent, and often hellion characters, she lives comfortably at home with a pack of wolves cleverly disguised as one standard poodle.
The Winner of two Watty Awards – Collector’s Dream (An Unpredictable Life) and Hidden Gem (Faithfully) – she has explored the worlds of multiple genres, but remains a romantic at heart. A self-professed geek, Elaine has fallen in love with reading and writing LGBT romance, offering diversity in both genre and character within her stories.
John Greenlead Whittier – 1807-92 (1854) – For all the sad words of Tongue or Pen, the saddest are these : ‘it might have been!’
Josephine Hart – Damage – 1991 – Damaged people are dangerous. They know they can survive.
Eleanor Roosevelt – No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.
Elaine the Individual:
Hi, you know me. I’m Elaine. I live in a little town near Edinburgh, called Haddington. Yes, in Scotland. This is where you can get to know a little more about the me that isn’t the author. 🙂
I’m a real introvert, so anything I can do myself: photography, writing, reading, craft, listening to music; that’s what I do. I’ve been writing since about the age of 14 (I turned 27 this year) and just had my first book published this year (as you know). I write and read everything from crime, to romance, to comedy to psychological thrillers. So far, I have around 30 or so completed stories, waiting for print.
I was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma in 2002, one week before my 16th birthday. I underwent extreme chemotherapy treatment and a stem cell transplant in a trial research program. Now, due to side effects that weren’t known at the time, I have quite a few different disabilities and illnesses that creep up from time to time. I have to use some fancy gadgets at home, to help me out and I’ve got a boring old, regular wheelchair to get me where I want to go. I get by as best as I can and don’t particularly consider myself ‘disabled’ though there are things I can’t do that really irritate me, because I used to be able to do them. I’m just happy for what I’ve got and try to get on with it.
I’ve wanted to be an archaeologist or forensic scientist my whole life. I was obsessed with CSI: Vegas when I first came on the TV and collected everything to do with it, from books to board games to posters. I still have most of the stuff, though my book collection is more authentic crime and forensic textbooks nowadays. Unfortunately, my treatment and the side effects have made both jobs impossible for me to undertake. So now I just write about them. It’s my way of living vicariously through my characters, I guess.
I graduated the Open University with a Diploma of Higher Education Open. I was aiming for an Open Bsc, but I had a lot of trouble with the Level 3 course exams (due to anxiety and panic attacks) as well as the heavy reliance of maths required. But, I’m always grateful that I was at least allowed to put all of my hard work together and get some form of higher certification.
I live at home with my parents and our dog, a Standard Poodle.
I am not a closet anything. I am open and proud to be a major Cheesy Pop fan, Christmas nut, and general all round Geek. And I don’t care. I tend to make friends easily, but with the chaos that is my life, 24/7, I find it hard to keep in touch with people and my introvert personality doesn’t help either. But the friends I do have, mostly abroad through Facebook and writing circles, are fabulous. I love having that support system 24 hours a day. I’m quite an expressive person, when I open up, so having people there is a great thing. I will admit, that I have trust issues but then, everyone does at some point, right?
I became a reviewer for Divine Magazine in January 2016 and have loved every minute of it, since then. I get to review awesome LGBT books and, in return, I get to help authors with guaranteed release day reviews.
Anyway enough about me. I’m trying to juggle editing, writing, reading and a blog at the moment, as well as fifteen different social media sites, so I best get on and do something. Maybe sleep, since I’ve had to become a night-owl since signing to an American publisher. And, you know me by now, I’m always elbow deep in a new WIP.