Elena DeRosa


With one foot planted in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Southwest Virginia and the other in the streets of Brooklyn, New York, Elena DeRosa enjoys the best of both worlds. Born and raised in the Bensonhurst section of Brooklyn, Elena primarily resides in Roanoke with her husband and a quirky Malti-Zhu.

A former videotape editor, producer, and freelance newspaper columnist, Elena’s most rewarding career has been the years spent raising her children. Now that her son and daughter have fled the nest, Elena looks forward to being able to spend more time in Brooklyn, and on her passion…writing. An avid blogger and photographer, you can follow her adventures at MsElenaeousRants.blogspot.com.

“Fractured Façade,” a novel written as memoir, was her debut book. “The Valentine’s Day Curse,” a short story, is her most recent publication.

Smashwords Interview

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
Most of my life was spent in the streets of Brooklyn, New York, in the Bensonhurst section. I was surrounded by "characters," some good, some bad, but always interesting. What was "normal" to me, probably wouldn't be to someone who grew up in a small town. Thus far, my personal experiences have had a strong influence in my stories.
When did you first start writing?
I would have to say the first time I thought about writing as a profession came after I received an "A" on a short story entitled, "Golden Tuna." I was a high school freshman and the teacher who bestowed that grade was known as one of the toughest teachers in school. She had me read my piece aloud to the class. When I first started reading, my voice wobbled, but when I looked up and saw the students paying attention to me, I overcame my fear. When they applauded at the end, I was hooked.
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