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Elaine Russell’s novel Across the Mekong River (2012) won four 2013 independent publisher book awards for multicultural fiction: Winner Next Generation Indie Book Award, Silver ForeWord Reviews Book of the Year Award, Bronze Independent Publishers Book Awards and Finalist Readers’ Choice Book Award. Prior to publication the manuscript was a finalist in the 2010 Doris Bawkin Award and the Maui Writer’s Conference 2003 Writing Competition.
Elaine’s other published fiction includes short stories for adults and children and the middle-grade adventure series (ages 8-13), Martin McMillan and the Lost Inca City (2004) and Martin McMillan and the Secret of the Ruby Elephant (2012), which also won four 2013 independent publisher book awards. Elaine graduated with a BA in History at University of California Davis and an MA in Economics at California State University Sacramento. After working for many years as a Resource Economist and Environmental Consultant, she turned to writing fiction for adults and children in 1997.