Elaine Shelabarger is a writer of historical romantic fiction based in West London. After a thirty year career as an English teacher, Elaine finally found time to devote her attention to writing. After some success with free-lance magazing articles, she was discovered by Faith Black, Editor at Barclay Publishing Group, who accepted her first novel, First Love, Last Love. She has since published two more novels, Shadows of the Past, Shadow into Sunlight and her latest book, Shadow of a Smile is in the process of publication.
Elaine began writing at an early age, influenced by the likes of Enid Blyton and Charles Dickens. She was brought up in a literary household and held the dream of becoming a published writer. When she was 12, she sent her first effort to the famous London publisher, Hodder and Stoughton. Written in longhand in a lined exercise book, it was returned by the editor with words of encouragement and the gentle suggestion that she learn to type.
After retirement, she finally had time to devote herself to writing and in 2008 she finally achieved her ambition of publication. First Love, Last Love, which was set in Florida, was inspired by her visits there with her American husband. Her first historical novel, Shadows of the Past, followed in 2010 and its sequel, Shadow into Sunlight, two years later. The third installment in the 'Shadows' series will soon be published. Check this page for further information.
Currently residing in Twickenham, West London, Elaine would eventually like to move back to her home country of Wales and settle next to a cottage by the sea, to continue writing.