Elza is honored to have Larrs Jackson, the voice of Hollywood, bringing her characters to life in Rosemillion, the audio. Jackson was chosen by Director Jim Meskimen, to voice two of the characters in Meskimen’s “Battlefield Earth”, the number one best selling audio book in the country.
Listen to the first 2 chapters of Rosemillion Here
From age twelve, Elza grew up in a rowdy household in Hurst, Texas with her Korean War Veteran father, her stepmother, seven brothers and two sisters. Being second oldest, Elza did a lot of cooking, dish washing, housekeeping, babysitting, diaper changing, washing and ironing. She hung clothes on the line the old fashioned way and since this was the pre-wrinkle- free era, she ironed baskets of jeans, khakis and shirts every day. When she wasn’t folding diapers, warming bottles or performing chores, she read.
Books became Elza’s best friends early on. She loved reading and writing and as a sixth grader, rhymed a book report on The Legend of Sleepy Hollow. Her poem was published in the Mid Cities Daily News.
While attending L.D. Bell High School, she won numerous writing competitions and awards and continued as a contributing columnist and sports story writer for the Mid Cities’ newspaper.
Following graduation, she studied psychology and computers at Tarrant County Junior College in North Richland Hills, Texas, and later garnered accolades from the University of Texas at Austin for her essays.
“What fans are saying”
Rosemillion is a heart-wrenching story of extremely poor mountain people struggling to preserve their life-styles. I loved the way Pick, Stump Simpson, Mamma John and their neighbors portrayed decent people who were honest, trustworthy, and fiercely supportive of each other. We saw greed and lack of human compassion in wealthy Stephen Stalworth. The character development in this book was deep as Suzanne, Jan, and others tried to breach the class barriers to help the people of Widows Hollow. The author enabled me to feel that I was actually there at times, the mark of a top quality novel.
Linda Husvar “ljhorsewoman” April 24, 2015
One of the best books I have read!
Great story can’t wait to read book 2 “return to widows hollow” J. Helen Elza is a great author and story teller. Dena Gray
Wow! This author is fantastic. It is one of the best books I have read. The novel truly touched my heart. A gentle read, but also a page turner. Mtn Rose