Elaine was born and brought up in Kent and sets her gripping sagas on the outskirts of London. Her first book The Woolworths Girls (Macmillan) was an instant success on publication and has sold more than 50,000 copies.
In Elaine's new book, A Gift from Woolworths (Macmillan, November 2018), not all is well for the Woolworths girls. Betty finds her pregnancy is going to change her life in ways she never anticipated. Freda has fallen in love with a handsome Scottish engineer but is unsure if it will end happily. When Maisie's brother appears on the scene he brings unexpected danger to her family. And Sarah dreams of her husband's return, but her life at Woolworths beckons. Will the girls sail into times or peace, or does only heartache and sorrow lie ahead?
Married to Michael, Elaine is mad about dogs and exhibits Henry (her latest family member) at many championship shows, including Crufts. She also runs The Write Place creative writing school, which she founded in 2009.