HEIDI'S PICK SIX: Elaine Ervin

As part of the virtual book tour for Many Genres, One Craft, I have more contributor interviews this week: Elaine Ervin, Russ Howe, Dana Marton, and Mike Mehalek.

Elaine Ervin

1. Which of your characters is your favorite?
My favorite Jacki King character is Leslie Stetler (from SHE WHO LAUGHS LAST & MARGARITA CHICA)…actually, she’s my favorite character from either pen name. That girl knows how to make lemonade outta lemons every time.

2. Tell me about your travels.

3. Coffee, tea, or milk?
Gourmet tea, baby…hot cinnamon is my fave (it tastes like a melted Atomic Fireball)

4. What else can you do besides write?
I am a voracious cross-stitcher…I can leap tall desserts in a single bound, and I mix a fabulouso margarita that’s more powerful than a locomotive.

5. Who are you reading right now?
I’m reading Maria V. Snyder, Penny Dawn, Janet Evanovich, & Dana Marton.

6. Pop culture or academia?
7. What is the toughest scene you ever wrote?
8. Where do you find your inspirations to write?

9. Food you could eat everyday.

10. Are you into sports or other physical activities?
I love sports of all kinds; not only did I play fastpitch softball for ten years, but I found a beach volleyball league here and am jumping in on that at every opportunity; plus, I FINALLY found a hitting partner for tennis.

11. What kind of music speaks to you?
12. Do you outline your stories or do they just take you along for the ride?
13. Celebrity crush.
14. Who are the biggest influences on your work?
15. Do you still watch cartoons?

After growing up in the middle Tennessee countryside, Elaine Ervin obtained a B.A. at the University of Tennessee, then, in 1998, headed to Southern California to teach and watch Dodger and Raider games.

Shortly after the new Millennium, Cupid lured her to Central Pennsylvania and in 2006, completed her M.A. in Writing at Seton Hill University where she fine-tuned her writing with a focus on women’s fiction and romantic comedy.

Currently, she writes as both Alayne Adams and Jacki King, and writing credits include: In Perfect Harmony and The Not So Simple Life (w/a Alayne Adams) and the anthology Jacki's Jewels (w/a Jacki King). She still lives in Pennsylvania, writes full-time, teaches at the college/university level, and still watches Dodger and Raider games. Learn more at www.AlayneAdams.net and www.ReadJackiKing.com.

Adams Collage

Elaine is a contributor to Many Genres, One Craft: Lessons in Writing Popular Fiction, a writing guide edited by Michael A. Arnzen and Heidi Ruby Miller and based on the Seton Hill University Writing Popular Fiction graduate program.


  1. I love your reading line up, Lainey!

    Thanks for stopping by.

    :) Heidi


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