Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Candid Moments with CFRR author Elaine Stock

About Christian Fiction Readers Retreat...

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In what ways have you participated in CFRR?

ES: I’ve been fortunate as an author to attend CFRR from its very first gathering in Nashville. I’m all booked to go to attend CFRR2019 and God-willing, I’ll be there in just a few weeks. Maybe I’ll get to experience spring, something still foreign to the Northeast.

Rachel: Oh, I feel ya! We are currently in the middle of a "winter storm" right now in the Pacific Northwest. I can't WAIT to experience DC in the SPRING!!!

What is your favorite aspect of CFRR?

ES: My favorite part of CFRR is meeting readers, as well as fellow authors. In both groups, I’ve had the delight of getting to know online, but meeting face-to-face is definitely a big-wow moment for me. Plus, CFRR always helps me to re-focus my passion for writing Christian fiction.

Rachel: I LOVE this! And yes, getting to meet in-person all these wonderful friends I have made is definitely a highlight for me as well.

Are you a hugger?

ES: I admit that hugging doesn’t come naturally for me, but there’s something wonderful about this venue that makes it quite easy to offer a hug and smile.

Rachel: Building relationships, sometimes for years, makes a difference I think. It seems similar to why I get ZERO anxiety being in the group at CFRR. (Which is unusual for me in groups.)

Just for fun...

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Where is one place you want to visit that you haven't been before?

ES: I’m researching a story that partly takes place in Poland. I want to visit the country and especially see the place where my father’s family came from.

Rachel: Oh how exciting! SO much history there.

If you didn't like writing books, what would you do for a living?

ES: Before launching another career, I’d cry. LOL—I say this because I not only love to write but also need to write. However, based upon my developing interest these past few years of all things font and layout dependent, I’d likely go into graphics…or become an architect, something I actually wanted to do as a child.

Rachel: Interesting. I think those are good choices. BUT, I'm glad you DO write!

If you could have any accents from anywhere in the world, what would you choose?

ES: A French accent! They’re so pretty and romantic.

Rachel: I agree!

About reading...

When reading, do you block out the world around you or seek a quiet retreat?

ES: Similar to my writing stories, I must block out the world and become totally immersed in the characters’ world I’m reading about.

Rachel: Yes! There is a reason I stay up past my bedtime reading.

How do you organize your books?
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ES: For better or worse (and please, don’t laugh): whether purchasing from a bookstore or unpacking an Amazon box, books must be my new companion and sit beside me on the end table by the sofa. This relationship goes on for a few weeks, even if I don’t read the book right away. Then, they get stacked in one of two oak glass-front bookcases (one is for Christian fiction and YA, the other for General Market books). Usually, my fave authors are placed on top.

Rachel: I think this is the most unique answer we have had yet! I love it!

About writing...

How many books have you written? published?

ES: I have 3 novels published, as well as 1 novella, and have short stories in 3 anthologies.

Rachel: Yay! I love novellas/short stories!

What genres do you write?

ES: Currently, my books fall into Christian Fiction, Romance, Women’s Fiction, and Suspense/Psychological Suspense.

Rachel: Wow! I love it!

What are you working on now? What is your next release?

ES: This spring (I am aiming for May) will see the release of When Love Blossoms, Book 2 of the Kindred Lake Romance Series. Next will be Book 3 then a novella for a collection I’ve been invited to participate in.

Rachel: How exciting!

What part of the publishing/writing process do you most struggle with? which aspect is most natural for you?

ES: In general, it’s not so much the struggle that gets me. I’ve had stories that have nearly flown from my fingers faster than I can type and others that it’s a grind to get out, but I love the whole process of writing. What I do enjoy the most is the editing part. For me, that’s when the sparkles of the story occur, when the story becomes alive.

Rachel: Pretty sure you are the only person I know that actually ENJOYS the editing! Haha!
Are you more comfortable working in solitude or among a crowd?

ES: Definitely solitude. I’ve never been able to tune out music or crowds or chatter and must have quiet—and actually, the whole room to myself—so I can get lost in the story. If my poor husband interrupts I’m sure I look at him as if someone just threw me out of a vehicle with blinds on my eyes and I have no idea where I am or what’s happening around me.

Rachel: The mental image of this is quite hilarious!

Thank you so much for joining us today Elaine!!!

About the author...

Elaine Stock is dedicated to uplifting and encouraging all readers through the power of story to see hope during both the bright and dark times of life. She is the author of several award winning novels, notably Her Good Girl, which was graced with the Outstanding Christian/Religious Fiction in the 2018 IAN Book of the Year Awards, 2018 Readers’ Favorite Silver Medal in Christian Fiction, and the 2018 American Fiction Awards in the Christian Inspirational category.

Elaine is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers, Romance Writers of America, and Women’s Fiction Writers Association. For fun and occasional eyebrow lifts of amazement, she hangs out on Twitter and Facebook, and of course, Goodreads.

Born in Brooklyn, NY, Elaine has now been living in upstate, rural New York with her husband for more years than her stint as a NYC gal. She enjoys long walks down country roads, visiting New England towns, and of course, a good book.

Say "hi" to Elaine in the comments and let's chat about some of the moments we've enjoyed with her and her stories!


  1. Rachel--and the whole wonderful CFRR crew--thanks for establishing CFRR!! And thanks for hosting me on this lovely blog.

    I'm looking forward to seeing everyone soon.

  2. I remember meeting and eating lunch with Elaine in Nashville . . . it's so exciting to how her career has grown in the past two and a half years!

    1. Thanks, Rebecca for the encouragement, which I admit to needing some. You know...if you're standing in the forest you forget about the trees--LOL. Here I am, thinking I haven't written enough!

  3. Hi Elaine! I'm excited to see you again at CFRR next month! It's coming up so fast!

    Thanks for the fun spotlight, Rachel and Elaine! I enjoyed learning more about Elaine and her books.

    1. Yay, Winnie!! I'll be seeing you again--looking forward to it! Safe travels.