began my writing career at age five with a number of lavishly
illustrated Westerns, which were lovingly preserved for posterity
by my first fan (Thanks, Mom!) As you can see, I believe in immersing
myself in the mood and character of my stories!
have since moved on to Regency England, an era that has fascinated
me ever since I picked up a copy of Jane Austen’s Pride
And Prejudice. (Sorry, no picture of me in my ballgown and tiara!)
Books have always been an important part of my life. I’ve
always been a voracious reader, and I’ve always had a very
vivid imagination . . . so much so that I think at times it worried
my parents that I was so happy in my own little world, drawing
pictures and creating stories. My teachers will also tell you
that I was the class history geek, even in grade school. I don’t
really know why, but I have always been fascinated with the past.
an undergrad at Yale, I majored in art—though I took enough
history courses to have majored in that subject as well—and
went on to get a MFA in Graphic Design at the Yale School of
Art, concentrating in publication design. So I guess you could
say I have always had a left brain-right brain sort of love
affair with the printed page.
Now, some of you may know me as Andrea Pickens, author of a number
of award-winning Regency-set historical romances.
So why Cara
Elliott? Well, the answer is . . .
I was so
excited about the new direction of my writing that my editors
and I decided it deserved a new pen name.
I’ll tell you why—the upcoming books are more SEXY
Pickens “Spy” trilogy was swashbuckling adventure.
(Think Jane Austen meets James Bond!) The three oh-so-dangerous
heroines were not afraid to put on breeches and boots, and then
kick a little butt! They crossed swords with the men—and
came out on top! (check out my alter ego website for more detailed
info and excerpts.)
As Cara Elliott,
I slide into a sexy, slinky little black dress
. . .
up your corsets, tweak the tails of your cravat and let's enter
a world of glittering ballrooms and passionate romance . . .
you enjoy my books!