Elvera Smith Cochrell has lived in Maryland most of her life. Born in North Carolina, all of her schooling took place in the Maryland area. She is the mother of three grown children and through her marriage to Joel, she also became the stepmother of three wonderful grown-ups.
As a young child, Elvera delighted in making up stories to tell the neighborhood children. They loved hearing them. Little did she know that this ability was a God given gift. God had given her a voice.
At the age of thirty, Elvera decided to shake off her shyness to explore her stage presence. She performed in numerous community plays. One of which landed her a part in a few Television commercials. She also modeled for small community groups.
Her career spanned from Nursing to that of a Computer Analyst. She never thought of writing as a career, even though many of her works were published in various community newspapers. It wasn’t until she joined a toastmaster’s group that she began to seriously think about her writing skills.
Through the Toastmaster’s club, she was also able to put her voice to her written works. Over the years she saved those thoughts, stories and poems. Her first adult book, A Kaleidoscope of Thoughts, Poems, Short Stories and Other Whimsey, Volume One is a collection of those earlier and some later writings.