Elaine Fantle Shimberg, the author of The Complete Single Father resides in Tampa, Florida. She is an award-winning author of 22 books, including her latest. A veteran, professional writer, her favorite topics are health care, women's issues, and family interests. Born in Yankton, South Dakota, she was raised in Iowa where she attended public schools in Fort Dodge and Sioux City. She received her Bachelor of Science degree from Northwestern University.

A popular guest on radio, she has appeared on numerous national and local television talk shows, including "The Today Show," and co-hosted WFLA-TV's "Women's Point of View" for five years. Much in demand for her professional knowledge, she has conducted writing workshops and been a speaker at many medical conferences. She writes for the pediatric website, Kidsgrowth.com and is the first lay person to serve on the Florida Medical Association's Council on Ethical and Judicial Affairs. She is past- Chairman of St. Joseph's Hospital in Tampa and South Florida Baptist Hospital in Plant City, Florida. Other organizations include:

  • American Society of Journalists and Authors
  • Florida Medical Association's Council on Ethical and Judicial Affairs, 1993-2005 (First lay person to serve on this board).
  • National Board of the Tourette Syndrome Association,
    1994-1997
  • President of the Florida Chapter of the American Medical Writers Association, 1995-1997
  • St. Joseph's Hospital Board of Trustees (Tampa, FL) 2003-2007. Chairman 2003-2004
  • Hillsborough County Medical Association's Grievance Committee, 1991-1992 and 2003-2005
  • American Cancer Society, Florida Public Information Committee, 1974-1989
  • Board of Directors of United Way, 1986-1989
  • Community representative to the University of South Florida Medical School Self-Study Committee, 1989

Prior to her latest book, Ms. Shimberg had authored books on health care topics that include Coping with Chronic Heartburn, Living with Tourette Syndrome, Relief from IBS: Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Depression: What Families Should Know, and Strokes: What Families Should Know. She is the co-author of How to Get Out of the Hospital Alive.

Her other books include Blending Families: A Guide for Parents, Step-Parents, and Everyone Building a Successful New Family, Another Chance for Love (co-authored with Sol Gordon, Ph.D.), Coping with Kids and Vacation, Teenage Drinking and Driving, Two for the Money: A Woman's Guide to a Double Career Marriage, How to Be a Successful Housewife/Writer, Write Where You Live, Herman, the Hermit Crab.

She is a member of the American Society of Journalists and Authors, and the American Medical Writers Association. Ms. Shimberg and husband, "Hinks", are the parents of five adult children and grandparents to twelve grandchildren. The Shimbergs spend each summer in Maine.


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