Elaine Cantrell and A New Leaf

Today, my guest is Elaine Cantrell, a fellow Oak Tree Press author, whose written the book, New Leaf.

Marilyn: Tell me about your background.

Elaine: I'm a Southern girl, born and raised in South Carolina. I hold a Master's Degree in Personnel Services from Clemson University and am a member of Alpha Delta Kappa, an international honorary society for women educators. I'm also a member of Romance Writer's of America and EPIC authors. At present I teach high school social studies. When I'm not writing I enjoy books, flowers, vintage Christmas ornaments, and playing with my grandchildren.

Marilyn: When did you know you wanted to be a writer?

Elaine: I guess when I was maybe four years old. I dictated a story about Woody Woodpecker to my father who laughed hysterically the entire time he was writing it. He wrote that story in pencil on notebook paper and kept it his entire life. After his death my stepmother found it in his papers and gave it to me.

Elaine: What inspired A New Leaf?

Marilyn: My son was my inspiration for this story. He came home one day and told me he'd written a book. I read it and was amazed by his talent. He told me that he had always made up stories in his head to amuse himself so he decided he might as well write them down. Amazing!

Since I had always done the same thing I decided to give it a shot. I wrote the book and on the spur of the moment sent it to the Timeless Love Contest sponsored by Oak Tree Press. To my great and utter surprise, the publisher called me one evening and told me I'd won and that she wanted to publish A New Leaf.

Marilyn: Tell us a bit about A New Leaf.

Elaine: Here's a blub that gives you a good idea what the story's about.

Betsy McLaughlin’s future seems bright. Her father is the richest man in Covington, and she’s engaged to the son of a wealthy, socially prominent family.

But then Kyle Alexander enters the picture. Kyle is newly-paroled after serving time for armed robbery. He’s free now, and he can’t keep his eyes off his boss’s beautiful daughter.

Can prison really change a man for the better? Betsy’s about to find out.

Marilyn: Sounds interesting. Where can we purchase A New Leaf?

Elaine: You can get the book at Amazon.com, the publisher's web site at http://www.oaktreebooks.com, or at any bookstore. The ISBN is 1892343-36-3

Marilyn: Anything else you'd like to tell my readers?

Elaine: Yes, I'd love for them to visit me at my web site and my blog. Those addresses are http://www.elainecantrell.com and http://www.elainepcantrell.blogspot.com I'm also on Facebook and would love to be friends.

Marilyn: Thank you so much for being my guest today, Elaine.


Monti said…
A South Carolina girl? I feel a close connection to that state. Two of our daughters are graduates from the Honors College at the University of South Carolina. We also have a tennis vacation week each year at Hilton Head.

Good luck with your book from Oak Tree.

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