Elaine Ash edits fiction writers—from established authors to emerging talent. As the former editor-at-large for Beat to a Pulp webzine, Elaine worked directly with writers of all genres to develop stories for publication.
Some of those writers went on to fame and fortune such as recent Edgar nominee Patti Abbott (Polis), Jay Stringer (Thomas and Mercer), Chris F. Holm (Mulholland), S.W Lauden (Rare Bird), Kieran Shea (Titan), Hilary Davidson (Macmillan) Sophie Littlefield (Minotaur, Delacorte) and many more.
Today, she works with private clients, helping them shape manuscripts, acquire agents and land publishing deals. She also ghostwrites and edits for industry clients. Among the titles Elaine has edited and produced, Walking the Dunes with Tennessee Williams is especially notable. A first-person memoir by the late Mia Elkovsky Phoebus, it fills in a small piece of history from 1940, when Mia shared a ramshackle house with America’s great playwright, Tennessee Williams (The Glass Menagerie, A Streetcar Named Desire). Distribution is through Walmart, Barnes and Noble, Amazon and many other outlets.
During a ten-year stint in Hollywood, Elaine wrote script coverage and notes for hundreds of aspiring screenwriters and independent producers. She interviewed famous directors and producers such as Jerry Bruckheimer, Terry Gilliam, Roland Joffe, Mike Figgis and Lars Von Trier for cover stories in Creative Screenwriting Journal, MovieMaker Magazine, Venice Magazine and more. She met one-on-one with respected thespians such as Helena Bonham Carter, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Molly Ringwald and many more, to discuss characters and roles.
Now, under the pen name “Anonymous-9,” Elaine’s crime fiction is included in numerous “Best of” lists every year. Her work has been praised by T. Jefferson Parker, Ray Garton, Johnny Shaw, Douglas Lindsay, Josh Stallings, Robert Randisi and many others.
In 2009, Spinetingler Mag named Hard Bite Best Short Story on the Web. The same year, Anonymous-9 received two Derringer nominations from the Short Mystery Fiction Society, and a Thriller Award nomination from a first-round judging committee of the International Thriller Writers.
In 2012, Hard Bite the novel received a Readers’ Choice Award from The House of Crime and Mystery (Canada) and was named one of the Top 5 Debut Novels of 2013 by Book People/ Mystery People. The sequel, Bite Harder, won another Readers’ Choice Award.
Organizations book her for speaking and teaching engagements, such as the Greater Los Angeles Writers Society, Sisters in Crime SoCal, the Author Learning Center, Mystery Writers of America, Coffee House Writers’ Group, and more.
Photo courtesy Rebecca Gottlieb-Walker
BELOW: Elaine with James Patterson at Bouchercon, 2019
With Jeffery Deaver, 2017
Mia Elkovsky Phoebus, 93, author
Walking the Dunes with Tennessee Williams