Elaine is from a writing family. Her grandfather was a journalist and newspaper editor. In eighth grade, she produced her first hand-assembled poetry chapbook, replete with suede cover and illustrations.
In adult life, her deep interest in the environment landed her work in a recycling plant. Later fondness of literature and possessed with a fast typing speed, she found employment in a major metropolitan library.
Writing didn't start to take firm root until mid-life when two friends suggested she try again. This led to a creative writing course in a local community college. Before she knew it, she landed a spot in the University of British Columbia's creative writing program. Three years after graduation, she published Cycling with the Dragon (Nightwood Editions) 2014. Then, Put Your Hand in Mine (Signature Editions) followed in 2019.