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?
wonderful to meet other authors and fans.
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!
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
– 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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
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
pastime/career a secret. Do those close to you know you write? If so, what are
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.”
you’re like me, it’s a long list so give us your top ten.
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.
which book would you choose and whom would you love see casted in the parts?
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!
That is if it’s not top-secret information. If so, just whisper it in my ear. I
swear it’ll go no further.
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!
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
can contact you?
have anything else you’d like to share? The stage is all yours.
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.
to the next time we can sit down and chat.