Elaine Bailey was born in Austell, Georgia. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Education from the University of West Georgia. She retired in 2004 from West Georgia Technical College where she had worked as an Adult Education instructor.
She is married to John Bailey and they have two children, David and Sueann, a son-in-law, Kevin and two grandchildren, Genna and Jake. She and John have lived in Douglas County since 1970.
Elaine’s love of literature and writing began as a child. She is an avid reader with a great interest in history and genealogy, having traced her lines back to the 1700s. She has self-published Genealogy Quest: Tracing Your Family Tree and two poetry books, Pompadour and Pearls: A Patchwork of Poetry and Buttermilk Clouds. She was named poet laureate by Douglas Poets in Focus in 1991 and was nominated best poetry author by the Georgia Writers, Inc in 1995. Her poetry was published in West Georgia College’s Eclectic. In 2010 Elaine published the very successful Explosion in Villa Rica and in 2011, a full length novel, Tracks. In 2013-2014 she assisted her husband, John, in his researching and publishing of The History of Dark Corner Campbell County, Georgia. In 2015 Elaine co-authored the based-on-true-events book, Draketown Tragedy, with Patricia Lamar Mullinax. : In 2020 Elaine and her husband, John, co-authored Hart Town Environs A Chronicle of People, Places and Events 1825 - 1900. Elaine is a historian and the Publicity/Public Relations Chairman of the Villa Rica Area Historical Society, Inc.