About Me


Elsa Bonstein is a child of Finnish immigrants, Arvo and Elvi Latomaa.  She grew up on a small farm in rural Maryland, five miles from the nearest town.  The family’s circle of friends included Swedes, Danes and other Finns who also owned small farms in and around Cecil County.  She is fluent in Finnish and has visited her parent’s home country several times.  Her earliest memory is sitting in her father’s lap while he read “The Secret Garden” to her in Finnish.

An only child with an addiction to reading, she always wanted to be a writer and to touch others as she had been touched by her favorite authors.  She attended the University of Syracuse, graduating with a BA in Sociology and Journalism.

Married and living in New Jersey with four daughters, Elsa started freelancing for various newspapers and magazines, including the Asbury Park Press, New Jersey Living, and others.  She has written business articles, restaurant reviews, op-ed pieces, feature stories, and humor.

Today, she lives in North Carolina and writes for the Brunswick Beacon and other publications.  Her popular column (Golf Gab) has won several awards over the past 10 years.

An avid golfer, Elsa served for seven years as a founding board member and PR Chair of The First Tee of Brunswick County.  Today, her PR Handbook is used by the nearly 200 chapters of The First Tee both here and abroad.

FIND EDSELL! is her first novel.  She writes the kind of fiction she reads, edgy thrillers with a hint (sometimes more than a hint) of romance.