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Welcome to 2023: Home on the Prairie

Welcome to 2023 from the Big House on the Prairie!

Writing into 2023

Read last year’s post. It’s still very relevant to a writer’s life! Click the link here.

It’s hard to believe that 2022 is in our rearview mirrors. One of the things I love to do at the end of a year is look back at the year before and try to put things into perspective. 2022 had its ups and downs, but there were a few highlights I’d love to share.

Welcome to 2023The Foundation of Plot

Launched in July as an Amazon Bestseller! Thrilled to have that #1 in front of one of my titles. I made it to #2 with All We Buried, so bumping the other writing references books off the platform was a lot of fun. I’ve had wonderful feedback on the first in my Wait, Wait, Don’t Query (Yet!) series, so I’m looking forward to launching book two, The Construction of Character, early in 2023.

All We Buried

Welcome to 2023My latest novel continued to gain readers and great reviews. I’m very appreciate of everyone who has taken the time to read the book and especially those who have recommended it to others, either one-on-one or through social media and online reviews. I am optimistic I’ll have news about a new novel soon! If you’d like to be one of the first to hear about all my upcoming publishing news, I’d love to add you to my newsletter. I send it out once a month.

You can email me and ask that I add you, or click the link here and enter your email through my website.

Welcome 2023 from the Big House on the Prairie

Welcome to 2023

I have officially moved to Paradise. My crew and I now live south of Spokane out on the Moran Prairie. A lifelong dream has come true, and I have my horses on my own property. Radar and Jasper have been joined by Digs, the sweetest old man a horsewoman could hope for. Diggy retired with us when we moved, and I couldn’t be more thrilled to welcome him to the herd.

Allegory Editing

Allegory Editing continues to be my favorite home away from home. Through our virtual events, we have continued to connect with writers live and “in person.”

Every month we host a free Q & A about writing, publishing, and living a writer’s life. Our Ask an Editor series are on Saturday mornings at 10am Pacific Time. Bring your questions, or just your curiosity. Not sure what to ask? Listen in to other writers’ questions and enjoy the camaraderie. These events are not recorded, what happens in Ask an Editor, stays in Ask an Editor.

Want to register for our first event in 2023? Join us January 21 at 10am PT by Clicking the link here.

We have also continued to do our monthly Writing Workshops. While these are paid events, we are thrilled to offer multi-class passes and gift cards.

To view our complete list of upcoming workshops, click the link here.

You can also take advantage of past workshops by accessing the recordings. If you’d like to attend a recorded workshop, please email Andrea Karin Nelson, at

Welcome to 2023

Debut Authors! So excited about all the debut authors coming up this year. Especially those who are part of the International Thriller Writers Debut Author Program. It’s a program I have been working with since 2016. As many of you know, I try to interview every debut author for the launch of their book. I’ll be continuing with that practice in 2023.

Don’t miss any new author interviews, click the link here.

I’m optimistic about 2023. I hope that you are too. Wherever you are, whatever your life situation, I’d love to hear from you! Drop me a line and let me know how you’re doing. I look forward to engaging with you in 2023! We are all in this together.

You can reach me at

Welcome to 2023
A little sunshine, a little snow.

Elena Taylor/Elena Hartwell

All We Buried, available now in print, e-book, and audio.

Silver Falchion Award Finalist, Best Investigator

Foreword INDIE Award Finalist, Best Mystery



The Foundation of Plot, a Wait, Wait, Don’t Query (Yet!) guidebook. #1 Amazon Bestseller

Elena Hartwell

Author and developmental editor.

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