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Elsie Hillman-Gordon, award-winning indie author, published her first novella, Love Is Everything, in May 2014, Love is Everything went on to win Gold at the 2015 Feathered Quill Book Awards Program in the Best Short Story category.
Elsie’s love for writing began early. “I remember sitting at the kitchen table at the age of nine,” she says, “writing stories and selling them to family members for 50 cents, in particular to my father who encouraged us to explore the world through reading and writing.”
Love Is Everything is an inspirational romance story about a woman struggling to find happiness, doubting her faith in God after losing her parents in a tragic accident. But after reluctantly accepting a blind date with a handsome widower of strong faith, she reconnects with God and comes to discover first-hand, the healing power of love.
“My original concept for the story only touched on the subject of grief, but after losing my mother, the grief aspect became a stronger element,” says Elsie. “This is one of the reasons writers write – to convey pain and emotion, and hopefully provide comfort and understanding to others who are experiencing something similar. Several readers had not heard of the five stages of grief until they read my book so for them, the story was both enlightening and uplifting.”
Inspired by feedback from readers, Elsie is busy developing ideas for a sequel to Love is Everything, as well as a non-fiction inspirational book.
Elsie is clear on her mission and vision for writing. “I want my writing to inspire and encourage readers to have faith in God, and to know that in one way or another, everything is going to be alright in the end—the love of God, family and friends will see us through challenging times.”
Elsie lives in Washington DC with her husband. She holds a BA in English, and executive graduate certificates in editorial practices and marketing.
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