Elaine Russell

Biography

Elaine Russell began writing adult and children's fiction over twenty years ago, finding her true vocation at last. She loves traveling and most of her novels are based in part on places she has visited. She enjoys weaving the culture and history of other countries and people into her stories. Her books have won numerous awards.

Her latest adult novel (October 14, 2018), In the Company of Like-Minded Women, explores the complexities of bonds between sisters and family at the start of the 20th century when women struggled to determine their future and the “New Woman” demanded an equal voice. Three sisters are reunited in 1901 Denver following a family rift many years before. Each sister faces critical decisions regarding love, work, and the strength of her convictions. The progressive women leaders of Denver and the suffrage movement provide the background for the story as the tale unfolds. 

The inspiration for her first adult novel, Across the Mekong River, came from her involvement with the Hmong and Lao immigrant community. She visited Laos many times to research her novel and as a member of the nonprofit organization Legacies of War. She has written and lectured extensively on the history of the civil war in Laos, which resulted in the mass exodus of Hmong and other Laotian refugees, many of whom immigrated to the United States. Across the Mekong River won four independent publishing awards in 2013.

Her picture book (ages 8 - 12 years), All About Thailand was published in November 2016 with Tuttle Publishing. Elaine is also the author of the middle grade mystery/adventure series with skateboarding heroes Martin and Isabel: Martin McMillan and The Lost Inca City, Martin McMillan and The Secret of the Ruby Elephant, and Martin McMillan and The Sacred Stones released in January 2016. The books are intended as fun reads appealing to both boys and girls, and are appropriate for reluctant readers.

Her young adult novel, Montana in A Minor, stems from a love of music, interest in the complexities of modern family life, and her belief that everyone likes a good love story!


For more information on Elaine Russell, visit her webpage: http://www.elainerussell.info/
and her Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/erussellwrites/?modal=admin_todo_tour

Smashwords Interview

What inspired you to begin writing fiction?
I was an avid reader from the time I was young and wanted to try my hand at writing fiction for many years. I wrote short stories now and again, but life and the need for an income conspired to keep me too busy for more. Once I was able to work part time, I found the space I needed. I discovered writing is my passion. I enjoy studying the craft and reading other authors to see how they develop a story or characters. There never seem to be enough hours in the day for all the stories I want to tell. It takes patience and perseverance, but the process is worthwhile and the reward is a finished piece.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I have a Kindle Fire, which is one of the first out. It is easy to take when traveling and stores lots of books. I als borrow my husband's regular Kindle, which is great if you are outside.
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Where to find Elaine Russell online


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Books

In the Company of Like-Minded Women
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 87,140. Language: English. Published: June 19, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Historical » Victorian
In the Company of Like-Minded Women explores the complexities of bonds between sisters and family at the start of the 20th century when women struggled to determine their future and the “New Woman” demanded an equal voice. Three sisters are reunited in 1901 Denver as each faces critical decisions regarding love, work, and the strength of her convictions.
Martin McMillan and the Sacred Stones
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 46,080. Language: English. Published: February 9, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Fiction
A vacation to Scotland finds thirteen-year-old skateboarders Martin McMillan and his friend Isabel drawn into another exciting mystery. Gaelic verses, recently found in the lining of an old trunk, hold the key to Druid secrets on the windswept Isle of Lewis. Clues lead to the ancient Calanais Standing Stones, which rival the wonder of Stonehenge. Martin and Isabel are determined to uncover the tru
Martin McMillan and the Secret of the Ruby Elephant
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 43,880. Language: English. Published: May 28, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Fiction
A thrilling adventure unfolds in Thailand as Martin, Isabel, and their new friend Junya hunt down the stolen Ruby Elephant
Montana in A Minor
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 41,810. Language: English. Published: May 28, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Romance
There is music and romance under Montana's big sky when Emily Lopez spends her summer on a cattle ranch in Paradise Valley.
Across the Mekong River
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 82,740. Language: English. Published: July 19, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Cultural & ethnic themes » Asian American
The dangerous journey of one Hmong family, fleeing war and persecution in Laos across the Mekong River to the refugee camps in Thailand and eventually a new life in the United States.

Elaine Russell's tag cloud

archaeology    chicago    colorado    crow indian    denver    druids    hmong    immigrants    laos    montana    music    mystery    ocd    romance    scotland    skateboarding    standing stones    suffrage    thailand    vietnam war    woman suffrage    womens rights