Hayden, Elsie 1949-

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HAYDEN, Elsie 1949-

(L. C. Hayden)

PERSONAL:

Born April 11, 1949, in San Luis, Mexico; father, an architect; mother, a homemaker; married Richard L. Hayden, March 25, 1970; children: Donald, Robert. Ethnicity: "Mexican-American." Education: University of Texas—El Paso, B.J., 1972, M.A., 1978. Politics: "None." Religion: "Methodist and Assembly of God." Hobbies and other interests: Reading, art.

ADDRESSES:

Agent—c/o Author Mail, WordWright, P.O. Box 1785, Georgetown, TX 78628 E-mail—[email protected]

CAREER:

El Paso Independent School District, El Paso, TX, teacher, 1972-2001.

WRITINGS:

UNDER PSEUDONYM L. C. HAYDEN

Who's Susan? (mystery novel), Top Publications (Dallas, TX), 1998.

When Colette Died (mystery novel), Top Publications (Dallas, TX), 1999.

Where Secrets Lie (mystery novel), Top Publications (Dallas, TX), 2001.

When Angels Touch You (nonfiction), WordWright (Georgetown, TX), 2002.

What Others Know, Top Publications (Dallas, TX), 2003.

The Drums of Gerald Hurd, 2003.

Contributor to Rio Grande Gazette.

WORK IN PROGRESS:

A Harry Bronson mystery; research on angel and miracle stories for Angels around Us.

SIDELIGHTS:

Elsie Hayden told CA: "Although I write outside of the mystery field, my main genre is mystery. I enjoy reading them and I love to write them. I feel that, no matter what you read or write, there's always an element of mystery. Running a very close second is my inspirational writing. So many wonderful things have happened to me that I feel compelled to tell the stories. I plan to continue writing angel books.

"I do my writing the hard, old-fashioned way: longhand in blue ink. Corrections or revisions are done in red—I guess that's the teacher in me! Other revisions are done in various other colors. Then I transfer everything into the computer and, again, I edit.

"Looking at my writing now and at my first book, I feel that I have 'grown' as a writer. I love my early writing, but I'm very proud of my current efforts."