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California Authors: Meet Elaine Macko

From Elaine Macko, who’s appearing this year at the California State Fair.

I always wanted to be a writer. I also always wanted to travel and finally, in my early thirties, I made the trip across the Atlantic for a one-week tour of London. That one-week trip ultimately turned into a twelve-year odyssey that took me to Belgium.

Toward the end of my stay in Europe I found myself out of a job and bored. A friend told me this time was actually a gift and that I should do something I always wanted to do. Well, that was easy. I wanted to write a mystery but coming up with a story was another thing.

So one night I found myself in a café, sitting across from my husband. We had just been to the city and it was Christmastime and the store windows were filled with mannequins. They were quite odd looking mannequins and this became the topic of our conversation over dinner. The more we talked the more I started to think that a murder in a mannequin factory could be fun–and creepy. So the next morning I woke up early and wrote. And then I did the same thing again the next day and the day after and after almost four months I had my first book, Armed.

It took me a while to get published and I can remember walking past booths at various events and looking at the writers sitting there, talking with people, signing books and wishing it was me. Yesterday I had the privilege to be one of the authors at the California Writers booth at the State Fair and I felt so proud that with a lot of hard work and perseverance, I made my dream come true.

There’s a piece of paper on my wall at work and it says, “There’s a word for a writer who doesn’t give up–published.”

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