Meet Elaine

Elaine Bassett When I was five years old I realized how much I enjoyed entertaining my family and friends with the stories and songs I would make up. In each of my stories I intertwined interesting things that I had discovered with events that happened to me. The books that I read, spending time with my family, playing outside with my friends, and watching my favorite television shows influenced my imagination.

I began collecting comic books when I was eight years old. I spent many afternoons reading and rereading each one. I took my favorite Super Heroes with me everywhere I went. After reading them I dreamed of writing my own comic books. Through the years I made several drafts of my own super hero comic books but nothing significant has come of it yet. Maybe some day the main character will be brought to life through novellas instead of comic books and save the world from the catastrophic plots of the evil characters.

When I was a teenager I began writing poetry and novellas more frequently. I decided a long time ago it made sense for me to turn the poetry that I had written into song lyrics since they seem musical and are much shorter than the novellas I had written. Through the years I have completed over fifty songs and many novellas.  I enjoy writing lyrics and short stories when I am in between projects or just have some extra time to do something creative.  I have posted some of my lyrics on this website and I will continue to post more of them as time goes by. 

I’ve always loved looking at the stars at night. They have always fascinated me. I remember one night as I was looking at the stars a story came to mind. I loved the story so much that for years I held that particular story in my heart. It has been my dream to someday have the opportunity and the time to make it come to life.

As soon as my precious daughter Alynna was born I began telling her my favorite childhood stories. As she grew up I could tell she recognized the stories by the way her face would light up when I would retell them to her. When she was a toddler I began telling her stories with her name in them when we would go on walks, or when we were driving around in the car and every night at bedtime. When my fun-loving son Ryan was born Aly was old enough to add her own thoughts to the stories I would tell. That always made story time all the more interesting and wildly creative. In our stories we used our imaginations as we went to make-believe places and made new friends.

One day as I was talking to a friend of mine I told him about a story I had told my children. He encouraged me to begin writing my stories down. It took some convincing but I finally decided he was right. I began a rough outline of a few of the stories that I had told my children so they would have them later on in life.

My life changed when I went through a divorce. I had been a stay at home mom, but I found myself having to go back to work. I quit outlining the stories I had previously been working on and focused on my children and work.

It wasn’t until I was on my own for awhile that I decided to try writing short stories again. I enjoyed it so much that one day I realized it was time for the “one special story” to finally be told. With the encouragement of my family and friends I began a new chapter in my life writing, The Xidoran Prophecy.  

My parents have always cheered me on and encouraged my imagination. When I was a child my dad and I enjoyed going to local museums together. As we would walk around each exhibit he would read the captions of the artifacts to me and we would talk about them. I’ll never forget the time we crawled into an igloo at the museum and laughed as we told funny stories to each other. Thank you Dad for your invaluable support throughout my life.

My mom has always been my best friend. We have a lot of the same interests and we enjoy spending time together. She is an avid reader. She has always filled my life and my children’s lives with the gift of books. I share her love of reading. It’s always been a dream of mine to be able to write a story for her to read. When I began writing The Xidoran Prophecy she encouraged me to follow my dream of being an author. She was right beside me as I began making my childhood dream of the “one special story” a reality. I’m so grateful to her for taking the time to help me edit, The Xidoran Prophecy. It’s been a lot of fun for us working together.

One day, after being on my own, a special friend that I had known in my childhood came back into my life. Greg and I went to school together from middle school through college. When our paths crossed again we realized we had come back together after all of those years for a reason. I married Greg on New Year’s Eve on the beach in Antigua in the West Indies. He’s always been a lot of fun to be around. We share more than a few special memories from our teenage years. Since we found each other again we have decided to enjoy life doing the things we both love: spending time with family and friends, and traveling. Thank you Greg for encouraging me to follow my dream and being there for me throughout this journey. You are an amazing husband!

We have three dogs and eight turtles that are very special to us.

I enjoy family time, keeping in touch with friends, writing stories and lyrics, reading, going for long walks, playing my saxophone and traveling. When I was a teenager I toured Europe and I went to: England, France, Spain, Italy, Monaco and Switzerland.  I also traved around the United States with my family and I have vacationed in Hawaii.  When I was in my twenties I visited Mexico and just recently I went to Antigua. I believe that my travels have helped me to become a better author. I'm looking forward to the next time I am able to go on an expedition!

I would like to thank everyone who reads, The Xidoran Prophecy and visits this website. I hope you enjoy reading about the characters in the story as much as I love writing about them and their adventures. Happy Sojourning!

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