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Elaine Orr

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Also published as Elaine L. Orr
Elaine Orr writes fiction and nonfiction. "From Newsprint to Footprints," first of the River's Edge cozy mystery series (from Annie Acorn Publishing) debuted in November 2015. "Demise of a Devious Neighbor" appeared in fall 2016 and is a finalist for the 2018 Chanticleer Mystery and Mayhem Awards, to be given in April 2018.

Elaine introduced the Jolie Gentil series in 2011 and most of the ten books hit bestseller status on Amazon (cozy mystery category). "Behind the Walls" was a finalist in the 2014 Chanticleer Mystery and Mayhem Awards. The most recent addition to the series is book 10, The Unexpected Resolution, with the 11th book underway -- Underground in Ocean Alley.

Elaine also writes plays and novellas,
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Elaine Orr I do several things, some geared to writing, some to distracting myself so I can relax and then come back to writing. Geared to writing would be: do…moreI do several things, some geared to writing, some to distracting myself so I can relax and then come back to writing. Geared to writing would be: do some background research (my favorite was on Prohibition for "Rekindling Motives"); tell myself I only have to write 100 words--and then do it; look at my bank account and ask myself if I want it to stay at that level. Usually one of these three will light a fire under my buns.(less)
Elaine Orr The eighth book in the Jolie Gentil cozy mystery series. Jolie walks into Java Jolt, the Ocean Alley coffee shop she frequents, and gets an unpleasant…moreThe eighth book in the Jolie Gentil cozy mystery series. Jolie walks into Java Jolt, the Ocean Alley coffee shop she frequents, and gets an unpleasant surprise.(less)
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I tend to write in a fairly sparse style -- not a lot of description, to-the-point dialogue (unless a character is a chatterbox), and verbs that hold  their own.

In grade school, my seventh grade teacher told us to minimize 'helper verbs.' She was talking about "to be" and "to have," as I remember, and her words slid from my memory. I should have paid more attention. In trying to become a better... Read more of this blog post »
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Description: Jolie appraises the vacant Tillotson-Fisher house and finds the skeleton of Richard Tillotson hidden in an antique attic wardrobe. He vanished just after his sister married his business partner in 1929. Jolie sees a link to the Fisher family's Prohibition era business and works with friends Scoobie and Ramona to gather clues from old photo albums and ledgers. The photo albums lead her to Mary Doris Milner, Richard's girlfriend, who has fond memories of him and is certain of who murdered him. But, there was nothing to link her suspect to the murder then, and he's long dead himself. The present day murder of Mary Doris tells Jolie and Scoobie they are on the right track. Did the secret she kept all these years finally kill her? Between running the food pantry at Christmas time and escaping a burning building, Jolie and Scoobie hope to figure out who the modern killer is before someone else gets hurt.
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Description: The first chapter of "When the Carny Comes to Town" sets the stage for a good time in Ocean Alley with Jolie, Scoobie, Aunt Madge and friends.
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“An idea is a gift, a finished project is turning that gift into a book by making yourself write even when you don't want to. There is no such thing as a block of time to write. You have to carve time from a busy day. Elaine L. Orr”
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“I can't believe Scoobie talked me into a Talk Like a Pirate Day fundraiser for the food pantry. I have a sense of humor. It's just been a crazy year, and I'm up to my eyeballs in work and chairing the Harvest for All Food Pantry Committee at First Prez.”
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