I Am A Reader, Not A Writer interviews Elaine Russell

Excerpt: Please tell us in one sentence only, why we should read your book. This is a story of love and sacrifice,–the unique story of a Hmong family, fleeing war and persecution in Laos and coming to the U.S.,–which explores the resilience of the human spirit to overcome tragic circumstances and timeless themes that run true for all new immigrants, arriving in America, filled with hope, only to face a harsh reality. For the full interview, click...

Review of Across the Mekong River by Elaine Russell on Indie Book Blog

 Excerpt: “This book did an excellent job touching on the emotional journey of the various members of the family with the old guard trying to stay as true as possible to their roots and Lisa/Nou Lee trying to fit in at her school.  I was a bit hesitant about this book since it’s pretty far from the norm for me, but I find myself saying that a lot lately and always enjoying myself when I venture into new areas.  This book will not disappoint anyone who wants to give it a shot and I highly recommend it.” To read the full review, click...

Danaroc.com interviews Elaine Russell

Excerpt: DR: You had a very successful and full career before you started writing. What was it about writing that grabbed you and had you shift course and, what was it about the subject ofAcross the Mekong River, in particular, that also grabbed you? ER: I started writing, not until I was a lot older, but I had always wanted to write. I sort of dabbled in it as I was working. I did have another career and it was demanding. I had to earn an income. Then, as I got older and I had my son and I was just working part-time, I had the opportunity to do some creative writing and once I got going in it, I loved it so much. I wish I started sooner, but that’s the way life goes. To read the full interview, click here:...

Hmong Times online reviews Elaine Russell’s Across the Mekong River

Excerpt: “From the opening of the Prologue of her new book, “Across the Mekong River,” author Elaine Russell pulls you into a tale at once fascinating and engaging. The Prologue reads: “Truth is an illusion. It is only something we create from memories and wishes and fragments of dreams. The truth is what we want to believe. And sometimes lies are so essential they become part of that truth.” For the full review, click...

Review of Across the Mekong River by Elaine Russell

Excerpt: “Across the Mekong River is a beautifully complex story of the immigrant experience, one that surprised me with its wonderfully flawed characters and intense emotion.  I know many readers shun self-published novels, but in this case, you’d be doing yourself a great disservice because Elaine Russell’s story of a family fleeing the communist government in Laos is one of the best books I’ve read this year.” For the full review, click...