Elaine L. Orr has written, edited, and published for more than 40 years in business and
popular fields. In addition to writing, she also does presentations on writing-related
topics such as electronic publishing, writing mysteries, and using social media to
Fiction includes the Jolie Gentil Cozy Mystery series, which debuted in 2011. Among the
eleven books and prequel in the series is Behind the Walls, which was a finalist in the 2014
Chanticleer Mystery and Mayhem Awards.
The first book in the River's Edge series, From Newsprint to Footprints, was published by
Annie Acorn Publishing, in 2015. Demise of a Devious Neighbor followed in late 2016. Tip a
Hat to Murder, first book of the Logland Mystery Series, appeared in November 2016. For
a change, Elaine has a mystery series set in the state where she lives -- Illinois.
Writing in Retirement: Putting New Year's Resolutions to Work is a compilation of good
practices to help those who want to publish when their time becomes more flexible. A
good resource for any age, it stresses how to go from idea to finished project and sell the
results. In 2017, she began offering online courses in writing and publishing.
Elaine has also written screenplays, and her play, Permission to Hope, received a staged
reading at the Writer’s Center in Bethesda, Maryland. Her newest one-act play is
Common Ground. Her novella, Biding Time, was one of five finalists in the National Press
Club's first fiction contest, in 1993.
Additional nonfiction includes Monett (Arcadia Publishing), and Words to Write By:
Putting Your Thoughts on Paper.
She has also published Orr, Campbell, Mitchell and Shirley Families: Descendants of Paul Orr
and Isabelle Boyd in Ireland and America, as well as ebooks on family history.
A disciplined freelance writer and editor, Elaine’s more recent nonfiction can be found
on her blog, Irish Roots Author. The site index links to many articles on reading, writing,
publishing, and marketing.
Elaine graduated from the University of Dayton with a BA in Political Science and from
the American University with an MA in Government. Before writing fiction, she was the
director of international liaison for the U.S. GAO and a project director for the National
Academy of Public Administration. Elaine has done journalism course work at the
University of Maryland and taken many fiction courses from The Writer’s Center in
Bethesda, MD, Georgetown University’s Continuing Education Program, the University
of Iowa Summer Writing Program, and Midwest Writers Workshop.
She is a member of Sisters in Crime.
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