Houston author J. Elle hopes to ‘inspire a movement’ in new YA Fantasy novel inspired by Third Ward

The debut novel dropped in bookstores Jan. 26

HOUSTON – A Houston-native author is tackling racism, privilege and empowerment in her new, debut novel.

Author J. Elle spoke to KPRC 2 about her book described as the 2018 film “The Hate U Give” meets DC’s “Wonder Woman” taking place in a “Black Panther” world. One of her goals is to bring back the same “pride as Black Panther did when it came out” in a book.

Titled “Wings of Ebony,” a “Most Anticipated Book for January 2021″ from Barnes & Noble, the story talks about a young Black teen demigoddess who fights racism, drugs and violence plaguing her neighborhood block, where her home neighborhood of Third Ward was inspired from.

Elle said she hopes her book can “inspire a movement and plant the seeds of change.”

From inspiration to publishing

Elle told KPRC 2 an image rooted in her mind brought her to the keyboard.

“Writing is like exercise, like I just sat there (at my desk) one morning and started drafting what came to mind,” she told KPRC 2. “But the main character’s voice, a Black, powerless teenage girl in a neighborhood like mine, came to me as an image in my head, standing over a body on the ground that was bleeding.”


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