ELYSA HENDRICKS BIO
After trying her hand at a variety of careers, insurance underwriter, video storeowner, home day care, and domestic goddess for other people, Elysa Hendricks, a longtime reader sat down to write a short contemporary novel. When her heroine turned out to be a winged, telepathic alien, Elysa decided she enjoyed writing stories set in different places, times, and realities. She’s published 14 full-length books, ranging from sweet contemporary to sexy sci-fi, as well as numerous short stories.
While living in north east Illinois she helped found the Windy City Chapter of Romance Writers of America, and she’s the only remaining founding member of the Futuristic, Fantasy & Paranormal Chapter. She’s taught workshops on writing at writer’s conferences and at community colleges.
Because for “real life” her motto is: Boring is good, excitement is vastly overrated, she saves the adventures for the characters in her books.
She loves to connect with other writers and readers. When she’s not writing you can find her hanging out on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/pages/Elysa-Hendricks-Author/137316289643103 (way too much) or you can check out her books on her web site: http://www.elysahendricks.com
I love the Christmas season – red and green garlands, silver bells, Christmas trees and decorations, the smell of pine on a crisp winter day, and carols playing non-stop on the radio and in the stores.
Everyone has special Holiday traditions they observe. One of ours is that during the Christmas season, starting on Thanksgiving night, my husband and I re-watch our favorite Holiday movies. We usually start with SCROOGE, the musical version of A Christmas Carol, starring Albert Finney. Hubby’s favorite song from the movie is I Hate People, while I prefer I Like Life. I’m sure that says something about our personalities.
Over the next few weeks we watch IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE, CHRISTMAS IN CONNETICUT, HOME ALONE and the sequels, various versions of A CHRISTMAS CAROL, CHRISTMAS VACATION, WHITE CHRISTMAS, and others. On Christmas Eve we watch DIE HARD. When our now grown sons were young I wanted the family to watch a Christmas movie together, but they wouldn’t sit still for any of my choices. According to them, since DIE HARD takes place at Christmas time, it’s a Christmas movie. Since then it’s become our family tradition to watch it on Christmas Eve. Christmas Day, much to my family’s displeasure, I like to turn on the TBS channel and have A CHRISTMAS STORY play all day long.
What can I say, I’m addicted to Christmas.
I also love reading and writing short stories set during the Holidays. My short story CHRISTMAS WINDOWS is about a lonely, neglected little girl who on Thanksgiving finds a way to make her dreams of home and family come true. In A KITTEN FOR CHRISTMAS a snow storm, and a little boy on a quest for a kitten helps bring together two lonely, damaged people. THE CHRISTMAS VILLAGE is a romance inspired by my ceramic Christmas village. I wondered what it would be like to live there.
Food is always a big part of the Holidays, but while I enjoy eating it, as far as I’m concerned Cooking is a city in China, somewhere south of Baking and east of Ironing and Cleaning. That said, I do manage to put together a mean lasagna for Christmas Eve, and usually bake a ham for Christmas Day. One of my family’s favorite dishes is Pineapple Stuffing, which can be served as either a side dish or with whipped cream as a warm dessert.
1 16 oz Can Crushed Pineapple (Drained)
1 Cup Sugar
1 Stick Margarine or Butter (softened)
6-8 Slices of stale bread torn into chunks (You can use old hamburger or hotdog buns, raison bread, wheat or rye bread. Whatever you have on hand.)
Mix Sugar, Butter and Eggs. Add Crushed Pineapple and Bread in a 2 quart covered casserole dish.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Bake covered for 30 minutes, then bake an additional 30 minutes uncovered. Serve hot or cold.
Whether you’re Christian or not, the Christmas season is a magical time of year, about birth, family, love, and hope.
What are your favorite Christmas movies, foods, and traditions?
A KITTEN FOR CHRISTMAS
Two Christmases ago when Dani Martin lost her parents and fiance in a car accident she gave up on love.
Jackson Connor has finally realized his dream of owning a farm when he’s presented with the result of a one-night stand he had years ago – a son.
On Christmas Eve, a snow storm, a little boy, and a kitten bring together two lonely, damaged people.
THE CHRISTMAS VILLAGE
While waiting to purchase another house for her Christmas Village collection Sara falls and hits her head. Transported to a fantasy world she falls in love with a man in her dream.
Is she willing to give up real life to be with him? Or should she trust that he’ll be there when she wakes up?
A Short Holiday Story.
A sad and lonely little girl discovers a way to make all her dreams of home and family come true.
Growing up on the mean streets of LA didn’t prepare computer security investigator Maggie McCade for life in a small Midwest town – picnics, high school football games, pumpkin carving, lost puppies, and Trick or Treating. Sent to sniff out a hacker, she never expected or wanted to fall in love with her prime suspect – Jared Blake
When widower Jared Blake gave up his big city, high powered career in computers and returned to his home town to raise his daughter and teach high school math, the last thing he expected or needed was to fall in love with California girl – Maggie McCade.
Add in nosy neighbors, meddling family, amorous high school boys, a lost puppy, and a sad little girl, and anything goes.