"A brilliant achievement! 5 stars!" - NY Literary Magazine on 'Harcourt's Mountain'.
"Bloody brilliant" - Fiona Paterson on the short story 'Coming Undone'. (Soon to be published in the upcoming 12|17 Twelve Short Stories anthology.)
BOOKS, BLOGS & THE INSPIRED LIFE
Welcome to my website.
A little bit about the stories
My first book, Harcourt's Mountain, signed by Tirgearr Publishing, was launched 15 August 2013. The reviews have been marvellous! Mostly five stars. It's been an exciting ride including being featured as a guest blogger on other authors' sites, a radio interview about the book, and having the book nominated for the 2014 RONE Awards! (RONE - Reward of Novel Excellence).
UPDATE: 23 December 2017, I learned the NY LITERARY MAGAZINE has awarded Harcourt's Mountain the
BEST STORY AWARD!
UPDATE: 1 October 2018, in one weekend, Harcourt's Mountain jumped over 1 405 000 places in the Amazon rankings winning me the BESTSELLING Author Award at Tirgearr Publishing for September! BESTSELLING - best word in the English language!
A short story I wrote for the 5th Annual South African Horrorfest competition was selected and featured in the anthology, Bloody-Parchment: Blue Honey and the Valley of Shadow. It was published April 28, 2017 by Crossroads Press.
UPDATE: 20 February 2018, My short story, The Man With a House on His Back which features in the anthology, Blue Honey and the Valley of Shadow, has reached the Semi-Finals of the
Screencraft Cinematic Short Story 2017 Contest!
UPDATE: 12 APRIL 2018, My short story, Widow's Walk was selected as a finalist in the 2018 SA Horrorfest Bloody Parchment Short Story Competition.
All those years of daydreaming have given me an unrelenting source of story ideas. My website is littered with short stories and first chapters of novels I'm planning. And I have a file with many story ideas just waiting to be written. I began a second book, The Device Hunter, which is an altogether different animal to 'Harcourt's Mountain', both in genre and temperament! It's in the third draft. I've tucked away to marinade for a while. In the meantime... because so many readers have asked for it, I've also begun the plotting for a sequel to 'Harcourt's Mountain' - Heart of the Mountain, and am working on a book based on a concept of my brother's.
I am also just about to self-publish my first book of short stories - 12|17 Twelve Short Stories. A whole new experience in the realm of being a writer.
"Elaine Dodge has a new style that keeps a reader turning the pages and wanting to know what is on that next page." - Shirl Deems on 'Harcourt's Mountain'
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A little bit about me.
Africa, apart from the two and a half years I was away, has always been my home. Born in Zambia, I grew up in Zimbabwe and am now living in South Africa. Adventure, in some form or another, is in my DNA probably because I did my first round-the-world trip when I was four years old. Who knows where I'll end up!
I sustained myself through dreary and seemingly endless maths classes at school by equally endless daydreaming and the hope that one day I'd be 'making movies'. Afterwards, I trained as a graphic designer. My brother and I ran The Artful Dodges for a while. It was a very small design and advertising studio. My brother and his wife headed out on their own adventure at some point and I enjoyed a long stint in one of the country's larger advertising agencies. Once I had enjoyed the dizzy heights of Assistant Creative Director it felt like time for a change.
A change of country and profession.
Welcome to South Africa! I fell head first into the local and international broadcast television industry. For the next eight years, working for broadcasters like NatGeo Wild, Animal Planet and Discovery, as well as winning the odd international award, it seemed as if my movie-making dream was about to happen.
It dawned on me, finally, that it wasn't so much movie-making that mattered, but rather 'telling stories'. And I was, am, passionate about it. So, in November 2011, I decided to chase the new dream and put those stories on paper. Now, in order to sustain my story writing addiction, I am a content creation consultant.
Apart from white-water rafting down the Zambezi, I feel most alive when I'm writing.
1 OCTOBER 2018
What a good way to start my birthday month! I just won the BESTSELLER Award for September from my publisher, Tirgearr Publishing.
12 APRIL 2018
My short story, Widow's Walk, is a finalist in the 2017 SA Horrorfest Bloody Parchment Short Story Competition. So delighted. That makes twice now that a short story of mine has been selected to be in an anthology of theirs! Now, for the publisher's edits, book cover design and publishing.
This image (above) is only my promotional artwork. The anthology in which the story appears will have a different cover.
20 FEBRUARY 2018
SO excited to receive the news that The Man with a House on His Back has advanced to the SEMI-FINALS of the contest. Now, an agonising few weeks wait till 14 March and the announcement of the list of finalists!
Get your copy of the anthology in which my story appears here: Author.to/ElaineDodge
30 JANUARY 2018
I've decided to have an adventure! I'm going to head out into the wild world of self-publishing for my next book - 12|17 TWELVE SHORT STORIES.
Above is the cover design. What do you think?
22 DECEMBER 2017
I got the email this morning. Best Christmas present!
The NY LITERARY MAGAZINE has awarded HARCOURT'S MOUNTAIN the BEST STORY AWARD adding my name to the list of winners in their Hall of Fame!
"A chilling collection of freaky, gory, unsettling, and utterly terrifying short horror stories by outstanding writers.
IT'S NOW AVAILABLE ON AMAZON!!!
Click on the link below
You can find more short stories on the website: Short Stories, Running the Bathwater Stories, 12 Short Stories in 12 Months. There's even some first chapters of novels I'm planning. Hope you enjoy them.