) J. Elle was born in Houston, Texas, and is a first-generation college student with a bachelor’s in journalism and MA in educational administration and human development. An advocate for marginalized voices in both publishing and her community, J. Elle’s passion for empowering youth dates back to her first career in education. She’s worked as a preschool director, middle school teacher, and high school creative writing mentor. In her spare time, she volunteers at an alternative school, provides feedback for aspiring writers, loves on her three littles, and cooks up dishes true to her Texas and Louisiana roots. Wings of Ebony is her first novel. Drop In with J. Elle to hear how she created her bestselling first novel with authenticity, sensitivity, family drama, culture wars, Black female power, a young superpower heroine, good & evil, power struggles, and her own strong voice. Violence and corruption don't stand a chance with protagonist Rue around. You don't want to miss it!