Wednesday, August 17, 2016

A Chat with the inspiring, Elaine Stock!

I'm am so happy to introduce Elaine Stock to the Diamond Mine! I've known Elaine for many years, having first met her through our local Romance Writers of America chapter meetings. It's been an absolute pleasure watching Elaine's career grow from that of an aspiring to a published author. Elaine will be offering one Kindle digital giveaway of her book, Always With You, to one luck commenter. 

Elaine Stock is the author of Always With You, which released in January 2016 and has made the Kindle bestseller list. Her novels fuse family drama and psychological suspense. She is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers and Women’s Fiction Writers Association, and contributes to the international “Happy Sis Magazine.” In addition to Twitter, Facebook, and Goodreads, she hangs out on her active blog, Everyone’s Story, dedicated to uplifting and encouraging all readers through the power of story and hope.

Tracey: Elaine, tell us a bit about how you got started writing fiction.

Elaine: The two big influencers to the love of story were my mother and my aunt—both named Sandra. My mother was a voracious reader (and lover of all arts; she also dabbled in poetry writing) and my aunt told the most wonderful, entertaining stories. A taste of writing came in third grade when an article I wrote was published in the school literary paper (sorry to say, I have no recollection of any details)—and I was hooked! I started writing stories, loving the feel of creating different worlds and characters. In junior high I wanted to be the next playwright of comedies that made people laugh like crazy. Life 101 and interest changes occurred, like in anyone’s life, and here I am today, writing inspirational contemporary fiction.

Tracey: I know you and your husband live in an historic building. Would you care to share a little bit about your lovely home?

Elaine: Aww, thanks so much, Tracey. My husband purchased for cash years and years ago this shack of a dilapidated railroad station because we were young and the banks didn’t want to give us a mortgage. So, with much grit and determination we started out having my husband’s piano restoration business in it for 3 years while we continued doing the majority of building repairs ourselves and living elsewhere. When we decided to make it half home-half business, and needed to add plumbing, well, and septic, we finally succeeded in getting a mortgage and moved in, living wise. The place is paid off now—thanks be to God!—but LOL, we’re out of room and the place needs spiffing up like a new kitchen, refinished floors, too many etc’s. We’ll get there, eventually. But, a home is a home and I’m thankful for it.

Tracey: How did you come up with the story premise for your novel, Always With You?

Elaine: Tracey, remember out Saratoga RWA local chapter days? One summer meeting, during the racehorse season (note: I do not attend the races or bet), a list of racehorse names was distributed and we were asked to write a premise about the horse. My “horse” was named Don’t-Tell-Isabelle, which became my original title for Always With You. Right away I wanted to know who Isabelle was, what she wasn’t supposed to know, and why. The story stewed for several years. Then 9-11 happened. The concept of hatred settled heavily on my heart and led to Always With You, a story of how faith and love can overcome hatred and evil.

Tracey: Can you tell us how your faith journey is reflected in the stories you tell?

Elaine: Ever since I can remember I believed in Something/Someone bigger than me, bigger than all of life surrounding me. However, I did not grow up in a family or surroundings of faith. Hindsight shows me that perhaps this is why I searched for the One who wanted me, and I accepted Christ into my heart and was baptized at the age of 22. And baptized a 2nd time (by immersion) 3 years ago. But, life isn’t easy, even for the believer. It wasn’t meant to be! That’s why my stories, so far, all have characters, especially teens and young adults, who come to embrace God despite their struggles.

Tracey: What is one thing readers don't know about you?

Elaine: I love to cook and bake. For one week back in my early twenties—a time when one doesn’t worry about the how-to’s—I went into the cheesecake business, offering to bake cheesecakes for private use and parties. Well, I did receive 1 order! Truthfully, I’m so glad that profession ended before it ever took off!! Ironically, between working a day-job and writing, I manage to cook simple and nutritional meals, but haven’t baked in years.

Tracey: What's next for author Elaine Stock?

Elaine: My stories are leaning more toward the fusion of family drama and psychological suspense. Family complexities fascinate me. I’m finishing up a story of how an 18-year-old girl may have her future ahead of her, if only she can survive to embrace it. And, lured by my own family mystery, I’m researching a story that will be my first venture into a time-slip structure, going back and forth in narrative between the present and past.

Always With You

Can she move forward without knowing her past?
Will he enjoy his present if he can’t free himself from what he left behind?

In the heart of the Adirondacks, Isabelle lives in the shadow of a dark family secret whose silent burden strips her family of emotional warmth and faith in God. Tyler belongs to the religious sect called The Faithful, which Isabelle’s father dislikes immensely. Yet, because Tyler belongs to this group, Isabelle sees only a man devoted to his family and faith.

She wants it; she gets it; they marry.

And when the truth comes out, Isabelle faces two choices:
Staying could endanger her child.
Leaving could cost her life.

 Out now: ALWAYS WITH YOU, a Kindle best-sellerAmazon:  
Barnes & Noble:

website/blog: Everyone's Story


Elaine Stock said...

Tracey, thanks so much for having me on Diamond Mine. So sorry for the delay--I've had my hands full today!

Ann Ellison said...

I enjoyed the interview with Elaine. I am blessed to count her as a FB friend. Please do not include me in the drawing, as I have already read her book and I loved it.

Elaine Stock said...

Ann, I'm so blessed by your friendship and support. Thanks for visiting!!

Tracey Lyons said...

Hi Elaine, I was crazy busy today, too. But I'm so glad to have done your interview! I tweeted it for you and shared on my social media!

Elaine Stock said...

Thanks, Tracey. And I'll circulate the word for a while.

Genevieve Woods said...

Great interview, I will be reading always with you soon. Your upcoming novel sounds wonderful. I love to support bless another reader with prize. miracles and blessings to you.

Elaine Stock said...

Genevieve, believe me, you've blessed me by your visit and kind words. Thanks so much. I hope you enjoy Isabelle and Tyler's story, and may it inspire you with hope. Do enter my Amazon Gift Card Contest... as they say... you never know! Looking forward to hearing from you.

Kathleen Friesen said...

Wow, your story sounds intense, Elaine! Great interview, too. Thank you both for sharing.

Karen Campbell Prough said...

Enjoyed learning more about you, Elaine! :) I've read your book, so I don't need my name to be entered. I found your book hard to walk away from. I so wanted to tell your main character, Isabelle, what she was walking into! Ha. Great story!

Elaine Stock said...

Kathleen, thanks for stopping by and for sharing encouraging words. In my stories I aim for intensity to keep the story moving, bit I also strive for warmth and His joy to ultimately shine. I hope you'll have a chance to read Always With You. I'd love to know what you think.

Elaine Stock said...

Karen, you've made me smile at this early hour (getting ready for the day job). Several people have asked for a sequel... I wonder what kind of advice Isabelle can now share with others as she looks back on her experiences with Tyler. Hmm.

Kathleen Rouser said...

Fun to read about you on the
question-answering end and learn some new
things about you I didn't know! I, too, have read
Always With You, and don't need to be entered
into the drawing, but I CAN recommend it as a
great read and look forward to reading more
of your books.

Elaine Stock said...

Okay, Kathy. I guess I'll continue to love you the rest of my life Thanks for the sweet words. And thanks for helping to spread the word on Tracey's great interview.

Gemstone said...

Lovely Story . I enjoyed the interview.

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Tracey Lyons said...

Kathleen Friesen you are the winner of Elaine's book. Please contact me at so I can get your contact information to Elaine.