Let’s Chat With Elaine Stock – Fusing Family Drama with Psychological Suspense
It’s not every day you get to meet the good friends you make online, but I was blessed to meet this week’s guest, Elaine Stock, when we she came for a visit. We had fun attending the Maranatha Christian Writer’s Conference together last fall. This sweet lady has been an inspiration and encouragement to me since I met her through our mutual agent, Linda S. Glaz, of the Hartline Literary Agency.
Elaine is giving away a Kindle ebook copy of her unique and exciting debut novel, Always With You. Leave a comment below by Monday, April 4th at noon to qualify.
Welcome to my blog, Elaine! I’m excited to have you visit. Always With You has an unusual premise. What would you like to share about your debut novel?
Heartfelt thanks for inviting me to spend time with you and your viewers.
Always With You is a story of a young woman who is desperate enough to find love and faith that she makes certain choices that—right or wrong—alienates her from her family and will greatly impact not only her immediate future but that also of her future family. It’s a story of hope and love in the face of evil. Or, as the suspense author Ace Collins endorses on the book jacket: “Two people seduced by evil disguised as good.” But here’s the thing—out of loneliness and desperation, any one of us can latch onto the first seemingly good thing that comes along. I hope this story makes others think twice about their action and responsibilities to loved ones.
What inspired you to write Always With You? And contemporary fiction in general?
Three things come to mind and they all gel together.
First, without playing the strings of the pity-party fiddle but rather talking straight up, I grew up in a very fragmented family. The brokenness extends to both my maternal and paternal sides, but the way it ties into Always With You, stems from my father’s side of the family. My grandfather—my father’s dad—passed away from a ruptured appendix and possibly subsequent infection (I’m unclear of the second half of this equation) two months before my father was born. I’ve always felt sorry for my grandmother who never married again. Married later in life (for the times) she was a poor widow without much support, raising a 5-year-old daughter (my aunt), and expecting another… who was born 4 days after the attack on Pearl Harbor. Can you imagine that? But the thing was, as much as my grandmother obviously loved her husband, she refused to talk to me about him. Plus, she refused to share any family history, keeping silent about her parents, siblings, and any other relatives.
I took all these family mysteries into a writing workshop some years ago. The meeting was held in Saratoga, NY—a horse racing Mecca—though I do not participate in these events. In keeping with the theme of horse racing though, each of the workshop attendees were given copies of the daily betting sheets. Racehorses have long, elaborate names! My horse was named Don’t-Tell-Isabelle. We were assigned to write a story premise around the name. Right away I wanted to know what was kept from Isabelle, and why, and who were keeping secrets from her. Don’t-Tell-Isabelle became the novel’s original title.
Then, 9-11 struck and changed the world forever and ever. My writing changed as well. I needed to explore one of my passions from as long back as possible: why people hate each other.
As a child I believed in God, but it wasn’t until my early 20s did I embrace with my heart Christianity. Don’t Tell Isabelle took on many different shapes through the years as I toyed with it off and on. It wasn’t until I transformed it into a Christian faith-based story, as well as learned more editorial skills, did it catch an eye of a publisher.
As for writing contemporary fiction, with the exception of reading a historic novel here and there, I read contemporary and think along the lines. With a house packed with things from yesteryear due to an antique-loving husband I seem to surprise many by writing my contemporary stories!
It’s always fascinating for me, as a writer, to learn the story behind other writers’ stories.
What is your favorite place and time of day to write?
I am a morning person, though due to the odd day job hours I presently keep, I’m learning to write a bit more in the late afternoons upon arriving home from work. In other words: I write whenever I can!
My husband and I live in an old, restored railroad station. Yes, you’ve read this correctly. A somewhat big building, but when half of it is taken up by his piano restoration business, there’s not a lot of extra living space. Yet. I have hope! I may have a desk tucked into the corner of my kitchen, but I primarily make my office on the sofa with my MacBook.
Has your day job impacted what you write? If so, how?
Hmm. What I write. I’m not sure what the readers’ verdict is, but for the past 10 years I’ve worked with many teens and young adults—let alone observed many an interesting “character” as a customer rep. They continuously teach me ways of how certain people think and act.
What will your next book be about?
As a former psychology major I enjoy fusing together family drama and psychological suspense. This also tends to be the type of fiction that lures my reading attention. With this in mind, I’m finishing up another story about a family. Three of its members—a daughter about to turn eighteen, her mom, and her father, all need rescuing but for different reasons.
Is there a specific verse(s) of Scripture that inspire you to write?
Honestly, no. They all do! Rather than one specific verse that inspires me to write I will say that His word always finds its way to me when I need to hear His specific message.
Thank you, Elaine, for joining me this week. It’s been very cool learning more about the inspiration for your writing!
Again, Kathy, I thank you for graciously hosting me.
Elaine’s Ah-Hahs to Tweet:
A former Brooklyn gal, Elaine Stock lives in the Northeast with her husband where she enjoys spring, summer, autumn, and puts up with the winter. A member of several writing associations, she also is a contributing author to the international “Happy Sis Magazine.” In addition to Twitter, Facebook, and Goodreads, she hangs out on her active blog, Everyone’s Story, dedicated to uplifting and encouraging all readers through the power of story and hope.
website/blog: Everyone’s Story http://elainestock.com
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Find a button to get the preview of Always With You below the book cover on this page.
Back cover blurb:
Can she move forward without knowing her past?
Will he enjoy his present if he can’t free himself from what he left behind?
In the heart of the Adirondacks, Isabelle lives in the shadow of a dark family secret whose silent burden strips her family of emotional warmth and faith in God. Tyler belongs to the religious sect called The Faithful, which Isabelle’s father dislikes immensely. Yet, because Tyler belongs to this group, Isabelle sees only a man devoted to his family and faith.
She wants it; she gets it; they marry.
And when the truth comes out, Isabelle faces two choices:
Staying could endanger her child.
Leaving could cost her life.
Elaine and I would love to read your comments!