ABOUT ELAINE L. ORR
The fastest way to reach me is via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
In the fast-paced world of writing and publishing, you can learn about my
writing and teaching in a myriad of places. The sites I use most are my blog,
Facebook, and Twitter. You can also reach me via text, at 641-455-3257.
Elaine L. Orr writes four mystery series. The Jolie Gentil cozy mystery
series, set at the Jersey shore, includes "Behind the Walls," which was a
finalist for the 2014 Chanticleer Mystery and Mayhem Awards. In the
River's Edge mystery series, Iowa nice meets murder. "Demise of a
Devious Neighbor" was a 2017 Chanticleer finalist. So far, her favorite
book in the Logland mystery series is "Final Cycle." A police procedural
with a cozy feel. The Family History Mystery series takes place in the
mountains of Western Maryland--using tools of today to solve crimes of
old. "Least Trodden Ground" and "Unscheduled Murder Trip" are her
Elaine also writes plays and novellas, including the one-act, "Common
Ground," published in 2015. Her novella, "Biding Time," was one of five
finalists in the National Press Club's first fiction contest, in 1993.
"Falling into Place" is a novella about family strength as a World War II
veteran rises to the toughest occasion. "In the Shadow of Light" brings
the tragedies of the U.S. Mexico border to life through the eyes of
children and their parents.
Elaine conducts presentations on electronic publishing and other
writing-related topics. Nonfiction includes "Words to Write By: Getting
Your Thoughts on Paper" and "Writing When Time is Scarce and
Getting the Work Published." She also authors online classes about
writing and publishing.
A member of Sisters in Crime, Elaine grew up in Maryland and moved
to the Midwest in 1994. Elaine graduated from the University of Dayton
with a BA in Political Science and from the American University with an
MA in Government. She worked for GAO and the National Academy of
Public Administration for many years, and for two Iowa members of
the U.S. House of Representatives -- one Republican and one Democrat.
Elaine did some journalism course work at the University of Maryland
and has taken fiction courses from The Writer's Center in Bethesda,
MD, the University of Iowa Summer Writing Festival, and Georgetown
University's Continuing Education Program. She is a regular attendee at
the Magna Cum Murder in Indianapolis and the Book Bums Workshop
in West Liberty, Iowa. She has served as a preliminary judge for the
Raleigh Fine Arts high school literary awards (2016-19).
What makes Elaine's fiction different from other traditional
mysteries? Some might say the dry humor (only a few say
lame), but she thinks it is the empathy her characters show to
others. Fiction can't 'lecture' readers. But it can contain
people whose paths we cross every day -- whether we know
it or not. The bright colleague or grouchy neighbor who's
actually in severe emotional pain, the families struggling to
provide enough food for their children, the vet with PTSD.
While characters solve crimes or plan silly fundraisers, they
can tacitly let us know there is a world beyond those
activities. And maybe they can make it a little better.