Elaine L. Orr is the Amazon bestselling author of the eleven-book Jolie Gentil cozy mystery series, set at the Jersey shore. Behind the Walls was a finalist for the 2014 Chanticleer Mystery and Mayhem Awards.
The first book in Elaine's River's Edge cozy mystery series, From Newsprint to Footprints, debuted in late fall 2015, followed by Demise of a Devious Neighbor. The fictional South County sits along the Des Moines River in Southeast Iowa. 2018 will see the third book in t he series, Demise of a Devious Suspect.
In 2016 she issued Tip a Hat to Murder, first in the Logland mystery series. Set in small-town Illinois, its protagonist is a police chief rather than an amateur sleuth.
Elaine also writes plays and novellas, including the one-act, Common Ground. Her novella, Biding Time, was one of five finalists in the National Press Club's first fiction contest, in 1993, and her play, Permission to Hope, was part of the Bethesda, MD Plays in Progress series in 1989.
Elaine conducts presentations on electronic publishing and other writing-related topics. Nonfiction includes Words to Write By: Getting Your Thoughts on Paper and Writing in Retirement: Putting New Year’s Resolutions to Work. She also conducts online courses on writing and publishing for Teachable.
Thought her degrees are in government, Elaine studied writing at the University of Maryland, Georgetown University School of Continuing Education, the Writer's Center of Bethesda, Maryland, and the University of Iowa's Summer Writing Festival. A member of Sisters in Crime and the Indiana Writers’ Center, Elaine grew up in Maryland and moved to the Midwest in 1994. You can find her each October at the Magna Cum Murder Conference in Indianapolis.
Author Elaine L. Orr grew up in Maryland, in a post World War II neighborhood. She majored in government and economics in college but wishes she’d majored in English. Elaine started writing plays and screenplays in the early 1980s (she moved onto books with mystery “Secrets of the Gap“) and has recently started it up again. A lot of her covers were done by Angel... read full interview
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