Elena Hartwell

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in Bogota, Colombia
November 21

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December 2015


Elena Hartwell started out her storytelling career in the theater. She worked for several years as a playwright, director, designer, technician, and educator before becoming a novelist.

Elena has more than twenty years of teaching experience and now works one-on-one with writers as a manuscript consultant and writing coach.

She lives in North Bend, Washington, with her husband, two cats, and the greatest dog in the world. When she’s not writing, teaching writing, or talking about writing, she can be found at a nearby stables, playing with her horses.

For more information about Elena, please visit www.elenahartwell.com.

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Elena Hartwell I think writers suffer from writer's block when they try to rush to writing their story. Many years ago, a friend and I came up with the expression…moreI think writers suffer from writer's block when they try to rush to writing their story. Many years ago, a friend and I came up with the expression "honor the mull" - and by that we meant, you have to allow time for the story to start to unfold in your imagination. Or start to get to know your characters. Or at least get an idea for a scene. Once your imagination has started to work on more than just a vague idea that you want to write, that's the time to sit down to the computer or pick up your pen. When you have scenes and moments and situations already working in your mind, you can just record them on the page. If you sit down, with no idea about what you're going to write about and say "today I'm going to write my book" you are going to have nothing to say. Any time I get stuck, I honor the mull and simply find a quiet place to work over the story in my mind. (less)
Elena Hartwell Fame, fortune, power... okay. I don't really have any of those things. What I do have is the freedom to create something people connect to. There's…moreFame, fortune, power... okay. I don't really have any of those things. What I do have is the freedom to create something people connect to. There's nothing better than having someone say to me "that was me you put onstage" (my writing career started in the theater, where I still sometimes work as a playwright). To know that a person or a situation I invented made a person in the real world feel understood is an amazing feeling. Also to know I've entertained or enlightened someone is pretty great too. Plus I get to wear yoga pants and old sweatshirts for work and spend afternoons with my horses. (less)
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Fascinating, compelling read. Set in Civil-war era Texas, the story is narrated by a teenaged boy, writing letters to a judge. While that may sound dry, the novel is anything but. The voice of Benjamin Shreve comes through his letters as if you are o ...more
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While I can understand why readers enjoy this book, the characters are interesting and relatively engaging, I struggled with certain aspects. The Police Chief of a small town, once a homicide detective in Oakland, acts in ways I find stretch my willi ...more
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I liked this book. It is definitely not for cozy readers, there is graphic violence and some sex. The male protagonist is flawed and interesting. The women are smart and capable. This is not a "whodunit" mystery, the reader knows all the bad guys. Th ...more
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“Memory is a strange combination of those things we work to remember and the things we can never forget”
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“Two roads diverged in a yellow wood, and sorry I could not travel both, and be one traveler, long I stood, and looked down one as far as I could”
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“After acknowledging that, I let other memories come. The way his presence made me feel. Like he was north and my heart was a compass that always found its way home.”
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Elena Hartwell You too, Dee!


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Dee Willson Nice to meet you here on Goodreads, Elena!

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