Biography

Elaine CantrellWhat are GRITS? A hot breakfast cereal made from corn? Yes, but grits are also girls raised in the south. I wish I could take credit for the phrase, but I can’t. I read it on the back of a tee shirt.

But I was raised in the south. I say ya’ll, and I do eat grits for breakfast. (Try cheese grits or shrimp grits.)

My mother is the one who taught me to love books. When my sister and I were small she always gave us a special Friday afternoon treat; she took us to the public library. So I’ve loved books and admired writers for a long time! Some of my favorite books were the Anne of Green Gables stories, the Little House series, and the Trixie Belden mysteries.

I read biographies too, and I especially remember one that I liked about Benjamin Franklin. Maybe that explains my fascination with history. When I grew up I went to Clemson University (Go Tigers!) to become a history teacher. I liked Clemson so well I went back and got my master’s degree there also. I’m proud of being a teacher, and I’m still in the classroom. Several years ago I was honored to be invited to become a member of Alpha Delta Kappa, an international honorary sorority for women educators, and I’m proud of that too.

I’ve been married to the same wonderful man since 1973. We have two handsome sons and three wonderful grandchildren, Simon, Kara, and David.

Maybe our boys were the reason we always had so many pets. I can’t remember a time when we didn’t share our lives with pets. The newest edition to our pet family is a fat white cat named Perci who arrived at our door extremely ill. We adopted her and took her to the vet, and now she terrorizes the entire family.

I spend a lot of my free time writing, but I do have several hobbies that I enjoy. I like quilting, gardening, and decorating, and when we can my husband and I like to travel. We’ve had some great vacations in other countries, but the place we loved best was right here in the United States. Have you ever been to Arizona? If not, you should see it. It’s absolutely fabulous. If you are able to vacation there be sure to buy yourself some of the wonderful turquoise jewelry that many of the Native Americans make.




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