Elaine Cantrell was born and raised in South Carolina. She holds a master’s degree in personnel services from Clemson University. She is a member of Alpha Delta Kappa, an international honorary society for women educators and is also a member of Romance Writers of America. Her first novel, A New Leaf, was the 2003 winner of the Timeless Love Contest. When she isn’t writing or teaching, she enjoys gardening, quilting, and collecting vintage Christmas ornaments
Never Trust a Pretty Wolf
Her Kind of Man
The Table in the Window
The Welcome Inn
The Best Selling Toy Of The Season
A New Leaf
An Interview with Elaine Cantrell
By Holly Hewson for The Romance Studio
HH: Elaine, thank you so much for talking with us at TRS. Your featured book is Blue 52. What can you tell us about this amazing story?
EC: Thanks so much for having me at the Romance Studio. I always enjoy my visits with you. Blue 52 is one of my all time favorite books. I could hardly tear myself away from my computer when I was writing it. I agonized over each and every sentence because I wanted this book to be perfect. I worried that readers might not identify with my hero who has a tender side. I hoped that the readers would like romantic suspense. LOL.I promise that I worried about lots of other stuff too. For better or worse, it's finished now, and I hope everybody will check it out. Here's a short blurb to tell you about the book.
"First Lady Kills President Lovinggood"
December 29, 2018
Thirty years later Hank Lovinggood embarks on a quest to prove his mother's innocence and punish the killers who took his family from him. Together Hank and lovely physicist Kathryn Sinclair confront an implacable, twisted, merciless enemy who'll do whatever it takes to hide the truth forever.
HH: What do you like best about Kathryn and why will readers identify with her?
EC: Kathryn has a fiery side and isn't afraid to demand her due. She's a high achiever who won a Nobel prize, yet she surrounds herself with family and isn't afraid to risk her heart when love comes calling.
HH: What do you like best about Hank and why will readers love him?
EC: Hank's grandparents brought him up, and even though their intentions were good, Hank doesn't have a very good self concept. Readers will love watching Hank come out of his shell and grow into a confident, bold hero.
HH: How is this romance different from your previous works?
This is definitely a mainstream romance so it's longer than most of my other books. My hero goes through more changes in his life too.
HH: What do you think will most appeal to readers about this story this holiday season?
EC: The story begins right before Christmas, and a lot of the action takes places during the Christmas holidays, but truly the story knows no season. The love and trust Hank and Kathryn feel for each other is timeless.
HH: How do you feel your own personal experiences influence your writing?
EC: No one can really escape who they are. Every single word I write is a reflection of who I am and the experiences I've had in my life. For example, I've certainly never stolen some valuable diamonds, but my response to the act is a reflection of who I am. (Yeah, one of my characters had to deal with jewel thieves.)
HH: What else do you have in store for lucky readers?
EC: My favorite project is a romantic comedy that's nearly finished. Everyone who's read it laughed, so I must be on the right track. I'm also finishing a book about a veterinarian and an ex-convict. Animal lovers will probably like this one.
HH: What are you reading at the moment?
EC: At the moment, I'm going through the After Cilmiri series by Sarah Woodbury. The Welsh names are killers, but I'm loving the series.
HH: What do you like best about this time of year?
EC: The smell of baking cookies, Christmas trees topped with angels, presents wrapped in shiny paper, Christmas carols, and the look of wonder of my small grandson's face.
HH: Where can readers find you online?
EC: My web site: http://www.elainepcantrell.com
My blog: http://www.elainepcantrell.blogspot.com
HH: Thank you!