Helen Elza grew up second oldest in a rowdy household with seven brothers and two sisters in Hurst, Texas, a Dallas suburb, where, early on, books became Elza’s best friends. Her love for reading and writing never diminished and, in 1972, a chance encounter with a stranger redirected the course of her life and birthed Elza’s dreams of becoming a novelist.

She became an American best-selling author with Rosemillion, book I of The Appalachian Trilogy.  Readers comment that Elza’s portrayal of Appalachia and its people from the early 50s to the mid-70s is so real, they can smell the biscuits baking and feel the weight of the beautiful handmade quilts.

Elza experienced the amazing people from the Kentucky, Virginia, and West Virginia Mountains of Appalachia throughout her thirty-year marriage to a man from “W” Hollow, Greenup, Kentucky.  He and his family were neighbors to the beloved novelist and poet laureate of Kentucky, Jesse Stuart, who mentions them in his books.

Elza writes and people watches full time from the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains in East Tennessee where she lives with her family, three dogs, a visiting raccoon, and a variety of other woodland critters.

In her own words, “I love what I’m doing and I’m doing what I love.”

She appreciates each and every reader and always looks forward to meeting new friends. Please visit https://www.facebook.com/texasbornwriter/  and follow https://twitter.com/jhelenelza117.  And please sign up for updates, news, contests, and special offers, here:

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Novelist, J. Helen Elza, has captured hearts worldwide with her first romantic saga, The Appalachian Trilogy. In her own words, “I want more for my readers than just reading my novels, I want them to feel them.” She writes from her home in East Tennessee, in the foothills of the Great Smokey Mountains where she lives with her family, three dogs, a visiting raccoon, and an assortment or woodland critters.