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Ruby Nickname:
Ruby Duchess

Bay Area, CA

old enough

GH Year(s)

Completed Manuscript(s)


Started Writing:
as a babe

Day Job:

For Fun:
write, of course!

Blog Posts from Elisa

Planning to NaNo? Get Ready NOW!!!

It’s October, and that means it’s time for NaNoWriMo!!! Silly Elisa, some of you may be saying right now. National Novel Writing Month is in NOVEMBER, honey. You’re jumping the gun. But nooooooo, my friends. I’ve learned through trial and error (lots and lots of error) that waiting until November 1 to get started is […]

Announcing the 2016 MAKE IT GOLDEN CONTEST!!!

The Ruby Slippered Sisterhood will celebrate our SEVENTH blog birthday tomorrow!! On Thursday, we’ll be opening our seventh annual MAKE IT GOLDEN CONTEST, and giving our Golden-Heart-eligible readers a terrific chance to shine (plus have a chance to earn more great prizes!!) The MAKE IT GOLDEN contest is designed for unpublished authors who are polishing […]

Filling in the Paragraphs

One day while I was wandering lost in some byzantine sub-sub-basement of the internet (okay, when I was on Tumblr), I stumbled across this hilarious bit from Steve Hely’s How I Became a Famous Novelist. In case the image is frustratingly small on your phone, here’s what it says: “Writing a novel–actually picking the words […]

The September Hour-a-Day Challenge starts TODAY!!!!

AND WE ARE SOOOOOO READY!!!!! As predicted, the first three teaching weeks of the new school year have knocked me back onto my sizeable patootie, and it would be all too easy to let my writing stay down for the count until school’s out in June again. But I know from experience that carving out […]

Announcing the 2016 September Hour-a-Day Challenge!!!

Happy End of Summer!!! Oh, ugh. I can’t even say that with a straight face. I love summer–I’m a sunshine and beach girl. And for my writing, summer’s also the best time of year because I’m a teacher, and the start of school means long, intense days in the classroom, plus nights and weekends full […]

Wise Words from Beverly Jenkins at RWA

At RWA Nationals, I had the great pleasure of meeting the amazing Beverly Jenkins. I got to sit at her table at the Golden Network retreat (where she gave an awesome talk about developing well-rounded and surprising characters), and saw her in the Love Between the Covers documentary and the post-screening discussion. (Bonus: the cover […]

We’re at Nationals!!!

I haven’t been to the RWA National Conference since 2012, so I’m really, really excited to finally be back for San Diego!!! My little sister, Eileen Emerson, is a Golden Heart Finalist, so that gave me the excuse I needed to justify the expense. We got here yesterday as the hotel was busy transitioning from […]

Meet 2016 Golden Heart Finalist Erin O’Brien, w/a Laurel Kerr!!

Well, this is it, folks—the last of our Golden Heart Finalist guest blogs for the year! The Rubies have loved getting to know the Mermaids better, and we’re thrilled that we’ll get to meet lots of you in San Diego in JUST A FEW DAYS!!! Bringing us home with the guest blogs today is a […]

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