Elin Hilderbrand

A conversation about book clubs, beach reads and becoming a NY Times best selling author.

3:15 pm

Historic Fifth Street School Auditorium

Elin Hilderbrand is the author of twenty-eight novels, including the forthcoming THE HOTEL NANTUCKET (June 14, 2022). She is a proud 1991 graduate of Johns Hopkins University where she majored in Writing Seminars. In her senior year at Hopkins, Elin had her first short story, "Misdirection," accepted for publication in Seventeen Magazine.

After a short stint working in publishing and teaching in New York City, she moved to Nantucket permanently in 1994. She attended the University of Iowa writers workshop and earned her MFA in 1998, and published her first novel, THE BEACH CLUB, in the summer of 2000. Her 2019 novel, SUMMER OF '69 was her first novel to debut at #1 on the New York Times bestseller list. She is the mother of three children and loves riding the Peloton, cooking, and going to the beach. She will retire with her summer of 2024 book and plans on becoming a book influencer.

Moderated by Steph from “Mercedes in the Morning” (Mix 94.1) and Kayla from “The Chet Buchanan Show” (KLUC 98.5)

Steph was born and raised in sunny San Diego, California and you bet she brings that sunshine with her. Her bubbly, energetic persona is contagious and you can catch her on social media bringing positivity to all of her viewers. Steph loves to dance on her spare time, catching up on her favorite shows with her husband, playing with her shih tzu puppy Momo, or eating her favorite Filipino food.

Before radio, Steph was a full time dancer. Dancing from the age of 4 until the age of 24. Steph’s dancing has brought her to direct and coach dancers of all levels from competitive dance teams at the collegiate level to junior teams at the middle school level in the San Diego area. Although Steph is no longer a full-time dancer she is still a dancer at heart and teaches master classes from time to time.

Steph started her morning show journey as a phone screener and segment producer on the “Kramer and Geena Morning Show” on KHTS - Channel 93.3. Steph’s radio journey took her to Hartford, Connecticut as the Executive Producer for “Craig and Company” on 96.5 WTIC and now the Executive Producer and Morning On Air Talent - “Mercedes in the Morning” for Mix 94.1 in the entertainment capital of the world… Las Vegas!


Hi. I’m Kayla. If you want to call me Kayla-Jo, KJ, That Chick Over There, that’s cool. God has blessed us all with Life and I plan on living mine to its fullest. I like to hike and read and read about hiking and hike to find great spots to read.  

Everything I do in life is to benefit my friends and family. Speaking of, I am newly married. His name is Buddy and he puts up with a bunch of crap from me... God bless him. I tend to curse more than necessary, but promise to hold back out of courtesy. Things I enjoy: smiling, laughing and Brunch (#Brunch4L). Looking for a positive life. I break more wine glasses than I can maintain in my household so I recommend you become a straight out of the bottle girl with me. Hoping to make an impact in one of the most electric cities in the world. 

Listen to 'The Chet Buchanan Show' on 98.5 KLUC daily on the Audacy app to hear your girl.