I live in Las Vegas, with Cucumber, the dog who rules the household. As an interior designer, I spent many years designing interiors for model homes, celebrities, restaurants and offices. My writing career was launched when Designer’s West Magazine approached my partner and me during the time we owned an interior design studio in California and asked us to write an article. Back then I wrote under my first name and 2nd husband's last name, Elaine Pransky.
I discovered I loved writing. The article was so well-received, I wrote many more published “how to” articles for designers. From there, my topics expanded to diverse subjects. After the Sisters in Crime Southern Nevada chapter was closed down, I suffered from "newsletter writer's withdrawal." I started the "Writer's Tricks of the Trade" newsletter which grew into the quarterly "Writers' Tricks of the Trade" eZine with articles contributed by writers and people in the publishing business all over the United States and occasionally some from as far away as Europe. Although it ceased publication you can still access many of the issues by clicking THIS LINK. I have also written over 600 published articles about the business and craft of writing. When I gave workshops and talks, attendees always asked if I had a book about writing, so I wrote Writers' Tricks of the Trade: 39 Things You Need to Know About the ABCs of Writing , as a helpful handbook for writers at all career stages. It is now in its 4th edition. After co-authoring award-winning memoirs for others, readers asked where mine was. Well, that took longer, but I finally decided upon the format for A Life in Bits and Pieces. Explore the My Books page.
Thank you to my past, current and future readers and reviewers. You are the reason I continue to write. While my books began with the funny Silver Sisters Mysteries, as I continued my writing journey topics now include the Revenge is Fun series, co-authoring memoirs for two amazing abuse survivors and editing my mother's memoir, the Writers Tricks of the Trade book for writers at all stages, and while I am no "spring chicken" I will continue to write books and stories for you. Remember, when you have your health, your age is simply a number.
I will be making regular blog posts, now that venues are opening up again I have scheduled some book signings for 2022, I love hearing from my readers (contact form) and meeting current and new readers in person.
In my opinion, books are the gateway to imagination. Each of us creates our own image of characters and their actions. It is like the old saying, ask one question and get three opinions. Keep reading. My blog will also include comments on books by other authors whose work I enjoyed.
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