Welcome, Elaine Raco
1. For those who might not be familiar with you, would you be a
dear and tell the readers a little about yourself? How did you get your start in
the writing business?
First, thank you so much for hosting me! It’s always
wonderful to meet other authors and fans.
I started writing for radio/TV – was
asked to write for a pilot show called Saturday Night Live – I lasted 5 days!
It’s tough being the only one not on drugs or alcohol (besides I had just
finished doing PR for the Narcotic Addiction Control Commission) but the NYC
restaurants were fantastic!
I then began working on mystery and
romance novels and was lucky to meet an agent at a writer’s conference. She took my manuscript and sold it to Dell
Publishing for their new Ecstasy Romance
line and things took off. All my books
were #1 bestsellers on assorted lists, published in 24 countries and 17
languages, with over 4 million books in print, during what was called the
heyday of romance – 1980’s. I also wrote for Avon, Silhouette. My mystery
series hit big in 1985 for Bantam and started the sexy romantic comedy mystery
Unfortunately, I was hit big then too
– by a drunk driver – everything but my nose was broken/twisted/mangled and I
was in a coma for 10 hours. Lots of rehab, some permanent vision damage.
Writing career – ground to a halt.
I started writing again, with a
non-fiction book 1996 How To Write The
Amateur Detective Novel with co-author, Anne Wingate. It was part of the
Writer’s Digest Howdunit Series and nominated for the Agatha Christie Award for
best non-fiction – and is in the FBI
Forensic library at Quantico.
Computers made writing easier and I
was able to get all my rights back to my romance novels. Two I have left as classics: No
Easy Way Out and One Way or Another – they are time
capsules and according to new reviewers, very well received.
My other romances have been almost
totally re-written, updated, enhanced, with new characters/plot points added.
Why? Because writing romance was restricted when they were written. An author
couldn’t type those words (LOL) and be
that explicit, and we were all writing to a word count.
Now – wow, the freedom to enhance
characters, their backgrounds, their sexual encounters…that’s the joy of indie
publishing – freedom. So the rest of my eBook
romance novels are totally different from the print published versions. All are
erotic romantic comedies with alpha males who are totally done in by women who
really don’t need them.
Since I come from a background of
writing for radio/TV, my novels are heavy on dialogue – they were very easy to
turn into audio books – there are 6 out now, all on assorted audibl.com and
iTunes bestseller’s lists. They are all fast-paced, funny, erotic romantic
comedies. So I hope you’ll take a look!
2. All writers fear
the dreaded “block”. Please tell us how you handle it.
it help to say I once hung 12 rolls of wallpaper because I was completely
blocked for an ending? I usually do all things physical: wash a car, a floor,
scrub a kitchen, a bathroom – when I had a house I took over mowing the lawn!
Anything that doesn’t require too much thought but will physically let me sweat
out the block. It’s worked!
3. Contrary to what some people envision about a romance
writer’s life, it’s not all glitz and glam. Well not for the majority of us.
With that bubble sadly busted, when you’re not writing, how to do you spend
You mean I bought all those fake jewels,
chiffon and feather boas for — nothing! LOL!
I teach. I’ve been teaching for many years, sometimes the local school
has me subbing for a week into an English class (grades 3-9) to ignite students
interests in creative writing. The boys especially love to create comic book
characters and then the story – the girls seem to be still focused on vampires!
I also teach college level creative writing to adults – just did a 2 year stint
at Miami-Dade College while I was down in Florida – now that I’m back in
northern Virginia – my students refused to let me go – so I’ve been teaching
4. I know many writers, such as Dirk and myself, keep their
pastime/career a secret. Do those close to you know you write? If so, what are
It’s funny, I’m pretty low-keyed about
it. When my kids were younger, it was hard on them because everyone
(parents/other kids) equaled romance to porn. So I kept pretty quiet about what
I wrote and so did they. Now – since 50 Shades of Grey, everyone asks “do
you have a special, you know, room?” (We live in a, you know, two bedroom
apartment so no) and of course, all my relatives never read me…the usual:
“I never read” “I don’t have an e-reader” “I don’t
even have time to read a newspaper.”
5. Will you share with us your all time favorite authors? If
you’re like me, it’s a long list so give us your top ten.
Well surprising enough they would all be mystery authors! I
cut my teeth on mystery writing, have a series that will be coming to eBooks and
I was thrilled over the years to have met: Mickey Spillane, Elizabeth Peters,
Carolyn Hart, Sue Grafton, and Sara Paretsky- Sara started Sisters in Crime and
I was International President in 1995-96. For romance writers Janelle Taylor
and I have been friends since forever! Love so many others.
6. If you could choose one book to go to the big screen,
which book would you choose and whom would you love see casted in the parts?
Well…I’d love to see Double Occupancy become a Lifetime
TV movie! It features just two people in a Mexican villa – who are thrown
together because of a vacation ‘mistake.’ What starts out as ‘sharing a college
dorm’ turns into one erotic romantic comedy. Now as for the cast: I think
Jennifer Lopez would be perfect as Casey (they have the same “perky ass
according to Travis!” and Alex
O’Loughlin with a bit of stubble would be perfect alpha male Travis. Yes, I
know they did a movie together before – I thought there was chemistry!
7. Would you care to tell us what you’re working on now?
That is if it’s not top-secret information. If so, just whisper it in my ear. I
swear it’ll go no further.
Whisper – hell, you can shout it! I’m finishing up a new erotic romantic comedy
called: Caught in a Trap. Meet Kit Forrester, she went on the cruise of
her dreams only to have it turn into her own personal Titanic! But she couldn’t
tell her friends that! So she invented her own fish story: the hunky man of her
dreams by her side, day and night, under the stars. Problem was: He showed up!
And was more than ready to stake a claim!
8. Where can we find your stories and is there a particular
No, all my novels are stand-alone, save
for the mystery series, but that’s not out yet.
But all my romances are on Amazon, Nook, Smashwords, Kobo, AllRomance,
iTunes just about everyplace eBooks are
9. Would you please share how your present and future fans
can contact you?
10. Before we wrap up this enlightening interview, do you
have anything else you’d like to share? The stage is all yours.
Well, first a big
thank you to Kam and Dirk for this opportunity.
I also host The Author’s Corner every Thursday night at 8PM EST on www.trianglevarietyradio.com this is internet
radio! I’m one of the top 5 blog talk shows/hosts and I feature authors of all
genres and of course readers/listeners. The Author’s Corner is growing, in the past
few months we’ve had over 50,000 people tune in. So I hope you’ll give the show a listen –
just need the computer.
There you have it, ladies and gents. I want to again thank Elaine Raco Chase for stopping by and I look forward
to the next time we can sit down and chat.