All About Elise

Elise Hayes brings the kick-butt heroine to the medieval world. A two-time Golden Heart Finalist, she explores a different aspect of medieval life in each manuscript, from medieval medicine, to adulterine castles, to illuminated manuscripts.

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Elise's Fun Facts

Ruby Nickname:
Maiden of Oz

Texas. Virginia. Oklahoma. Florida. Switzerland. California. France. Washington, DC.


GH Year(s)
2002, 2009

Completed Manuscript(s)
two (not including one that I hand wrote as a teenager, back in the age before computers)

Long Historical (medieval)

Started Writing:
In Switzerland as an exchange student at age eighteen. Books in English were too expensive to buy, so I wrote one instead. It was hand written, using a cartridge pen, in two large notebooks. What no one (other than the Swiss) will ever notice about the book–it’s all written in the same color ink (purple)! Trust me, that took some effort. When I came back to the States, I got an undergraduate degree in Creative Writing. I didn’t really write again until I was living in Paris (‘97-’99), where again English books were too expensive to buy (notice a pattern here?). I finished my first 400-page book in time to enter the 2002 GH contest–and finaled! I finished the second in time for the 2009 GH contest–and joined my Ruby Slipper Sisters as a finalist!

Day Job:

For Fun:
Cooking and eating great food–my husband and I are definitely foodies. I’ll watch anything directed or produced by Joss Whedon. And, of course, I love reading and writing romances!

Blog Posts from Elise

Crowd-Sourcing Research: Name Your Favorite Source(s)!

I write medieval romance. That means doing research–and lots of it. I can’t make any assumptions about the places where my books are set. I’ve been to England–the setting for my current manuscript–several times, but tracts of English countryside that may have been forested for the past 500 years may have been pastureland in the […]

Re-Envisioning Revision

Re-Envisioning Revision Nationals is (sadly) over and it’s time to roll up our sleeves and get back to writing. I’m in the throes of revising my third manuscript so I’ve spent a lot of time thinking about how to approach revisions. Here’s what I see as the first rule of revision: You can’t revise something […]

Packing for Nationals: Anaheim Here We Come (Or Not)

Packing for Nationals: Anaheim Here We Come (Or Not) RWA’s 2012 National Conference will be taking place in sunny, beautiful Anaheim, California starting…TOMORROW!! Who’s going? Who’s not? That’s what we want to know today. And if you are going, what should you include in that carry-on suitcase (because really, who wants to pay the extra […]

New Year’s Resolutions

It’s that time of year! Yes, it’s time to make a New Year’s Resolution for your writing. “But wait,” you protest. “It’s January 2nd. New Year’s Resolutions needed to be made January 1st!” Wrong. If you’re serious about the resolution, it doesn’t matter when you make it. New Year’s is a useful time, because with […]

December Reflections

It’s December, and time to take stock on the year. What did you learn about your craft this year? How did you grow as a writer? I’ll start this conversation with my own “aha” moments this year. I think my biggest progress as a writer in 2011 centered on learning how to write–or, perhaps more […]

Ruby Release Spotlight: Liz Talley & A Little Texas

Ruby Release Spotlight: Liz Talley and A Little Texas Ruby Sister Liz Talley has been insanely busy at the keyboard this past year, pouring her time and energy into not one, not two, but three Harlequin Superromances focused on the small town of Oak Stand, TX and its inhabitants. And she has two more still […]

Re-Visions: How to Take a Fresh Look at Your Manuscript

You’ve written the first draft of your book. You’ve typed in those glorious words, “THE END” (because, hey, I write those words at the end of the first draft to mark the accomplishment of getting that far–even though I still have boatloads of work left to do). So what now?! The key to revising is […]

The Benefits of Volunteering

I’ve been a member of RWA since 2001. Aside from serving as a judge twice over the course of those years, I didn’t volunteer. There were lots of reasons not to: a demanding full-time job that required 50-60 hours a week, a baby, the belief that it might be nice to spend time with my […]

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