Hi. I'm Elena Hearty.


If you're here, it probably means you've read my novel, Donor.

The direct sequel, Bait was released by Samhain Publishing in January 2016.


I'm married, have two kids, and work in software. Here's a recent photo.

So that's it?

Yeah. I'm actually pretty dull. Spoiler alert: Most people are.

By yours truly...

Richard is a modern vampire who likes to eat in. That's why he always keeps a fresh victim trapped in his home. All of his captives eventually die; Lenore hopes to be the first to escape.

Life at Richard's is short but never dull. Not with Richard's vampire friend, Paul, constantly popping in. Paul loves toying with Richard's victims before they die. But is Paul getting too attached to his plaything? His human servant, Charles, certainly thinks so. Charles is next in line to be turned and wants to eliminate the competition.

If Charles's schemes don't kill Lenore, then Richard's hunger surely will. Lenore has a plan to survive, but someone will have to die in her place. She now has something terrible in common with her captor: she must kill in order to live.

Lenore has such a good time hanging out with Paul that she almost forgets he isn't really her friend. He's a vampire. And she's his next victim—unless she's willing to find an alternative.

But when Lenore gets cold feet during her first hunting expedition, Paul doesn't carry out his threat. He snags Sam for dinner instead, a young man they encounter on the ride home. And while Paul is receptive to Lenore's pleas to keep their new prisoner alive, his motives aren't entirely altruistic. Sure, Lenore's willing to die for Sam. The real question is: how long until she's willing to kill for him?


Why do you have an FAQ?

Because I get a lot of the same questions over and over again, and I don't have time for a blog (sorry).

How did you get into writing?

I'm not one of those people who always dreamed of being a writer. I had a book in my head, and one day I decided to write it down. Turned out to be the most fun I'd ever had.

When the book was finished, I submitted it to some publishers, and the next thing I knew it was up for sale on Amazon.

How long did it take you to write Donor?

About six months.

How long did it take you to write Bait?

About four years ;)

I've written several sequels to Donor, actually. Bait just happens to be the one I submitted for publication.

What kind of books do you read?

I don't. Isn't that terrible? I just don't have the time anymore.

What's your creative process?

A lot of authors recommend writing every day. I think that's ridiculous. If what I'm writing doesn't interest me more than what's on television, I can't imagine it would interest anyone else either.

Fascinating. Tell me all of the other things you're doing wrong.

Sure. I also don't believe in test readers, critique groups, deadlines, quid pro quo reviews, networking, or shameless self promotion.

Why do you have such a shitty website? Aren't you like supposed to be a software engineer or something?

Yeah, so the thing about that... I'm not an artist.

Do you blog?



When I actually do find time to write, I prefer to spend it writing fiction. Sorry.

Wanna get in touch?

If you take the time to write, I'll take the time to write you back.

email: elena.hearty(at)gmail(dot)com

facebook: https://www.facebook.com/elena.hearty