A few years ago, Elaine turned to writing stories for her three small grandchildren. After a number
of people expressed an interest in her first story, 'Grandma Loves You', Elaine self-published it using children's artwork.
A love of children and story telling has led to numerous invitations to speak at schools, libraries and literacy events.
Her school presentations are organised to meet the individual classroom teacher's goals for their class. They have
ranged from dramatic readings of stories about the legends and places she has travelled to the mischievous capers of her pet
dog, Ben Nevis, winner of Canadianliving.com's first Wacky Pet/Photo/Story contest. She also demonstrates the stages of writing
a book from the time the first ideas are put on paper to the finished product.
She is a palliative care volunteer
and has been a guest speaker on the Role of the Volunteer and Communication at training workshops throughout Cape Breton and
eastern mainland of Nova Scotia.
Based on her experiences in Palliative Care and with the encouragement of a co-worker,
Elaine Ingalls Hogg wrote the award-winning, children's book, 'Remembering Honey'. The book is fully illustrated and was written
to help young children understand terminal illness, death and bereavement.
'Remembering Honey' has earned a place
on the year 2000 Resource Links List of Best Picture Books and the Marianna Dempster Award presented by the NS Branch of the
Canadian Author's Association
Elaines writing credits include:
"On Directed Paths" July/August Issue of Catherine Magazine
Article on Palliative Care in the Kings County Record, July 22/03
Several Devotionals on the PCC Daily Website
The UpperRoom, July 29, 03
"Little Changes" in Chicken Soup for the Volunteer
CBC Radio - 'Little Changes' July 3, 2002
'Sarah's Legacy' on CBC Outfront, January 8, 2002
Other CBC readings include:First Person Singular-'The Homecoming', 'Victoria's Secret',
poems and articles.
Freelance articles on subjects such as Palliative Care and family history for THE NB READER, THE
REPORTER, THE ISLAND TIMES and THE QUODDY TIDES.
Inspirational stories in 'God Allows U-Turns, Volume
Two', and in Essence Treasury: Celebrating the Season 2001.
'Grandma's Once upon a Time Stories', published in 'The
Reporter', 'The Island Times' and 'Parents 'n' Kids'.
Christmas Stories include: 'The Invitation', 'Whiskers the Cat',
'Christmas in Denmark', 'Santa's Late for Christmas', 'Mom's Christmas', 'Christmas in the Little House by the Sea', 'December
Days', published in 'The Reporter' as well as a number of these selections in 'The Island Times".
Served as a reviewer
for the upcoming book, 'Chicken Soup for the Volunteer's Soul'.
Elaine is also available for public speaking engagements
on the subject of writing, Palliative Care or the Role of the Volunteer.