About Elise

Welcome to Elise Photini’s author site where you can find all her latest writerly news and releases along with fun reader previews, and personal updates as well from time to time.

Who is Elise Photini?

Elise Photini is a mid-40’s Eastern Orthodox Christian woman, thrice divorced, on her 3rd career (at least), single-mom of 4 (3 still at home) who is raising her children all on her own in a small rural college community in the Pacific Northwest. After years of marketing writing, website publishing, and virtual training leadership for online entrepreneurs Elise is ready to let her own light shine. Elise’s favorite hobbies are playing with her laying hens, wrangling plants indoors and out and cheering on her horse-crazy teen girls and Boy Scout middle schooler son. By day she works as a hospice home health nurse and in the early morning hours you can find her pouring her heart out onto the page.

Nurse, Mom, Author,Writer, Speaker

After setting writing and speaking assignments to the side in order to attend nursing school and establish herself as a hospice RN, as well as to invest in her own healing, Elise Photini was called back into the inspiring narrative writing and speaking arena when Summer Kinard at Park End Books tapped her to write a chapter in (upcoming Winter 2021) book “The Grace Of Being There.” The experience of praying through writing that chapter re-awakened Elise’s love of writing as well as bringing her to a personal encounter with Saint Sophia and her Daughters, Saints Faith, Hope and Love (link to the book will go here as soon as it’s release).

Why Elise and Why now?

The greatest struggle for me as an author and speaker is to adequately put into words the darkness I’ve come through so that those still stuck in places of despair and desperation can hear me when I speak about the Light that’s broken through, the healing and growing and renewing that is happening in me! I know the struggle to believe hope exists is real because I’ve spent more time on a knifes edge between hope and despair than anywhere else. It was the Light shared with me through other’s experience, strength and hope via books (my first view of life outside my very isolated fundamentalist childhood), men and women speaking in 12-step meetings (my first glimpse of broken people actively healing) and countless pastors, priests, and leaders (in sermons, podcasts, homilies, books) that prepared the soil of my heart to eventually bring forth the fruit of my own freedom.

Now the journey I thought might never break from darkness into Light, is offering a hands-up of tangible Christ-infused hope in every word I write or speak—by the gift of his Grace and Strength.

All this to say…

The struggle to speak Hope more clearly, and the battle to write Peace more powerfully, is worth all the stumbling I do along the way.

The bottom line: I can’t not write and speak. I’ve kept my light under a bushel for so long. It is time for this little light to shine!