I wrote my first book, Good Short Stories by Elaine Fantle, when I was five. It was a birthday present for my mother. My older sister questioned if they were any good. I answered that at least they were short!

It seems I have been writing all my life—a play, Death in the Rice Fields, in grade school; high school skits; a radio adaptation of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow for Chicago’s WBBM in college; many newspaper and magazine articles, radio commercials, and my first “real” book in 1959, How to Be a Successful Housewife/Writer, published by Writer’s Digest Books.

I now have over 24 published books (and five children’s books), on medical subjects, women and family issues, and even my memoir of growing up in a small Midwestern town.

Oprah interviewed me when she was host of  “AM Chicago” and Ann Curry on the “Today” show for my Blending Families book. I co-hosted a local television women’s talk show for five years and have been a speaker at medical conferences and medical schools, groups of laypeople interested in breast cancer, Tourette Syndrome, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), Gastric Reflux Disease (GERD), and writers and civic groups.

To learn more about my background and my work, click on the links on the left.


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