Elaine Fraser, author of the Beautiful books, is from Perth, Western Australia. For many years she taught English and Drama in secondary schools.
Prompted by the desire to inspire young women to live the lives they were destined for, she encourages women to develop characteristics in their lives that create beauty.
Beauty, according to Elaine, should be the whole package–body, soul and spirit. Kindness, love, joy, peace and strength build qualities into lives that transcend physical beauty.
Although Elaine was best known for her non-fiction work, she has branched out into fiction. Perfect Mercy, Book #1 in the Beautiful Lives series was released in 2012.
Book #2 Love, Justice was released in 2014 and Book #3 Amazing Grace is in the works.
‘I try to write books that are honest, concerned with real lives and real issues with a spiritual edge. I remember reading books as a girl that inspired me to be a better person. To Kill A Mockingbird and Little Women are two examples.
‘My books are contemporary and don’t always have the perfect ending, but in the words of Mercy Hamilton, the central character in Perfect Mercy– Then, she looked up to heaven and thanked God from the bottom of her heart for where she was at that moment. She didn’t know what tomorrow would bring, but at this minute, in this place, she was thankful.
‘Life is not perfect, however, if we live the best life we can in any circumstance, we can flourish.’
Elaine is passionate about serving others and has volunteered in various capacities since she was seventeen years old – as a youth leader, drama coach, educational consultant in Cambodia and event management.
She and her husband Steve travel the world giving time to NGOs. Steve Fraser is a world-renowned photographer and Ambassador for Water for Africa. Elaine has worked as an education consultant for Transform Cambodia, where she trains Khmer teachers.
Elaine and Steve also travel extensively taking photos and searching for creative inspiration around the world.
Attending an Oxford University Creative Writing Summer School in 2013 was a highlight of Elaine’s writing career, and she hopes to return one day.
Being part of a creative community is important to Elaine. She belongs to several writing communities in Australia and around the world. Mentoring and assisting young writers has become a part of Elaine’s life. ‘Once a teacher, always a teacher. I’m not able to teach in a regular classroom because of my nomadic lifestyle, but I can teach and encourage young writers.’
‘People say I have the dream life. I get to do what I love – write, study, travel, mentor writers and enjoy living in one of the best cities in the world with my wonderful husband, young adult children and golden retriever, Bear,’ Elaine says.
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