Elaine Violette
A Growing Desire to Write
When Elaine Violette, formally Elaine Lassen, was old enough to hold a pen, she began to write creatively though her first attempts, in her estimation, only a mother could love. As a teenager she enjoyed spinning stories for friends, which usually included a romantic hero and a heroine who could tame him. She admits to having had a savior complex. Marriage and four children later, she returned to college and began her career as a high school English teacher. One of her most rewarding accomplishments is being a founder of the Vernon Teen Network. The adults and teenagers involved worked diligently with the Vernon Parks and Recreation Department to create the Vernon Teen Center which has been in operation since 1988. As the years went by, she published poetry and short stories for educational journals and human interest articles and book reviews for a local newspaper, but her writing took a back seat to her career. Reading and writing comments on students’ papers took up most of her time, but the yearning to someday write a novel remained.

A lifetime resident of Connecticut, Elaine moved to the Connecticut shoreline in 2000, and continued high school teaching. In her spare time, she found that one of the blessings that came with the surf and sand was the growing desire to write that novel. Since most of her reading was for study and preparation for teaching Shakespeare, Chaucer, and a slew of other classics commonly read in high school, when vacation came she’d relax with Historical Romances and Women's Fiction.

Appreciation for Historical Fiction, Romance and Regencies
Elaine's stories can be read by mature teenagers as well as adults. “As with television,” Elaine says, “too many popular novels detail and exploit the most horrific crimes. On television, the evil deeds of the smallest percentage of our society get the most news coverage and can cause trauma and haunting memories for sensitive viewers.” Elaine believes many readers appreciate reading historical fiction that reflects truths but does not exclude love, hope and redemption. Many enjoy sweet romances and happy endings. Not to say that her novels exclude criminal intrigue, but reformation of character and romantic suspense steals the thunder from the villains. She’s proud to say that although most Historical Romance is read by women, men have read and enjoyed her novels for their harrowing situations, treachery and intrigue.  

Her latest endeavor is American Historical Fiction with her Redemption Series. The series begins in 1850 and chronicles a family's life through to the Civil War. The 3-book series reflect Faith, Hope, and Love during one of the most tragic times in American History.

Now retired from high school teaching, she is an adjunt professor at a CT community college. She is a PAN member of Romance Writers of America, Connecticut Romance Writers of America, the Women's Fiction Writers Association, and the Historical Novel Society.