The fastest way to reach me is via email at elaineorr55@yahoo.com.  
In the fast-paced world of writing and publishing, you can learn about my writing
and teaching in a myriad of places. The sites I use most are my blog, Facebook, and
Twitter. You can also reach me via text, at 641-455-3257.
Elaine L. Orr is the Amazon bestselling author of the Jolie Gentil cozy
mystery series, which is set at the Jersey shore. "Behind the Walls" was
a finalist for the 2014 Chanticleer Mystery and Mayhem Awards. First
in her River's Edge mystery series was "From Newsprint to Footprints,"
followed by "Demise of a Devious Neighbor." Iowa nice meets murder.
"Tip a Hat to Murder" is set in rural Illinois, and is the first of the
Logland mystery series.

Elaine also writes plays and novellas, including the one-act, "Common
Ground," published in 2015. Her novella, "Biding Time," was one of five
finalists in the National Press Club's first fiction contest, in 1993.
"Falling into Place" is a novella about family strength as a World War II
veteran rises to the toughest occasion.

Elaine conducts presentations on electronic publishing and other
writing-related topics. Nonfiction includes "Words to Write By: Getting
Your Thoughts on Paper" and "Writing in Retirement: Putting New
Year's Resolutions to Work." She also authors online classes about
writing and publishing.

A member of Sisters in Crime, Elaine grew up in Maryland and moved
to the Midwest in 1994. Elaine graduated from the University of Dayton
with a BA in Political Science and from the American University with an
MA in Government. She worked for GAO and the National Academy of
Public Administration for many year, and for two Iowa members of the
U.S. House of Representatives -- one Republican and one Democrat.

Elaine did some journalism course work at the University of Maryland
and has taken fiction courses from The Writer's Center in Bethesda,
MD, the University of Iowa Summer Writing Festival, and Georgetown
University's Continuing Education Program. She is a regular attendee at
the Magna Cum Murder in Indianapolis and the Book Bums Workshop
in West Liberty, Iowa. She has served as a preliminary judge for the
Raleigh Fine Arts high school literary awards (2016-18).