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A little about me...


I've been writing since I could hold a pencil. But, it's a bit more legible nowadays. I enjoy elevating voices in my stories who have had too few. You know you're reading a J.Elle book if it's impossible to put down and at some point, you're crying. My personal motto is: eat tacos like its a hobby, laugh as often as possible, and joy is good for the soul, so cling to it.


For a more formal intro, I guess I should mention that I'm the New York Times, Indie bestselling and award-winning author of multiple books including Against The Tide, an original prequel novel tie-in to The Little Mermaid live action film. My debut duology, Wings of Ebony, dubbed “an incredible debut” by NPR and best fantasy book by POPSUGAR, was a 2022 NAACP Image Award Nominee for Outstanding Literary Work for Youth and Teens, an Amazon Editor’s pick for Best Science Fiction and Fantasy, a Barnes and Noble YA Book Club Pick, a First Novelist American Library Association Honor Book and the recipient of a Kirkus starred review.


My forthcoming blockbuster fantasy romance trilogy, House of Marionne is being translated into ten languages across 5 continents. I credit my nomadic lifestyle and humble inner-city beginnings as inspiration for her novels. When I'm not writing, I can be found on the hunt for desserts without chocolate, drowning myself in regency romance, and looking for any excuse to wear a tiara.


Thanks for popping by! 


I am represented by Jodi Reamer at Writers House.

How I Became an Author?

I pitched what would become my debut novel to the world in #DVPit in October 2018. DVPit is a Twitter pitch contest literary agents and publishing professionals peruse to scout for talent. After a wildly successful 300+ likes and hundreds of retweets and comments, the message was clear: Rue's story would have a home in the hearts of readers.


Meet J. Elle

The best place to get a look at my upcoming events is on my Instagram highlights, but here’s what’s coming up:

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Past Events
  • JAN 5: When You Look Like Us Launch: Pam Harris, Nic Stone & J.Elle // Brave & Kind Books
  • JAN 13: Traditional Publishing Chat // iWriterly
  • JAN 26: J.Elle In Convo with Nic Stone // Blue Willow Books
  • JAN 28: J.Elle In Convo with Nicola Yoon // Politics & Prose
  • JAN 29: It's Personal Podcast with Gary R. Gray Jr
  • JAN 31: DVcon ICYMI Panel, Moderator 
  • FEB 3: J.Elle In Convo with Tiffany Jackson & Dhonielle Clayton // The Lit Bar
  • FEB 4: J.Elle In Convo with Karen McManus // Charis Books & More
  • FEB 9: Clay Cane Show, Guest
  • FEB 19: ABA Winter Institute Bookseller Social
  • FEB 20: WriteOnCon Keynote & Panel
  • FEB 20: 2k21 Debut Panel, YouTube
  • FEB 22: Diverse Shelves, Guest // Clubhouse
  • FEB 23: J.Elle In Convo with Big Freedia & Daniel Jose Older // Tubby & Coo's
  • FEB 24: Mackin's Lifting Voices Panel
  • FEB 24: Beyond The Diversity Question Panel // WNBA
  • FEB 26: Dropping In Radio Show
  • FEB 28: North Texas Teen Book Festival
  • MAR 3: Read Between The Lines Book Club // Clubhouse
  • MAR 4: J.Elle In Convo with Sabaa Tahir // B&N YA Book Club
  • MAR 9: Not Your Mamma's Book Club // Brazos Bookstore
  • MAR 10: J.Elle In Convo with Alexandra Bracken // IG LIVE
  • MAR 11: How To Be A Bestselling Author // Clubhouse
  • w/ Sydney Sadick, Liani Kotcher, Caroline Vazzana, and RHONJ's Margaret Joseph
  • MAR 16: Queen Of Gilded Horns Launch: Amanda Joy & J.Elle // Madison Street Books
  • MAR 21: Violent Queens Book Club
  • MAR 25: Simon Teen Book Club 
  • MAR 27: Bridges & Books Podcast
  • MAR 31: J.Elle In Convo with Mikki Kendall // Left Bank Books
  • APR 10: Teen Book Con
  • APR 11: J.Elle In Convo w/ Nic Stone // San Antonio Book Festival
  • APR 21: Black Girls Read, Too Book Club
  • APR 24: YALLWEST 'Gone Beyond Grimm' Panel
  • APR 21: The Bronx Book Festival
  • APR 24: Texas Library Association 'Beautiful Darkness' Panel
  • APR 30: In Convo w/ Anuraadha D. Rajurkar // SCBWI IG Live
  • MAY 4: Wilder Magic Launch: Juliana Brandt // Red Balloon
  • MAY 15: Rochester Teen Book Festival
  • JUNE 12: Book Con
  • JUNE 17: Afronauts Podcast
  • JUNE 18: Blood Like Magic Launch: Liselle Sambury // Toronto Lit Up
  • JUL 15: DC Awesome Con Panel
  • JUL 24: San Diego Comic Con

  • DEC 1: The Sky Beyond The Storm Launch:
  • Sabaa Tahir In Conversation w/ J.Elle // Kepler's
  • JULY 27: Publishing As A Black Writer // Alexa Donne YouTube
  • AUG 1: Middle Ground Bookfest 
  • AUG 19: NRPL Writing Workshop // New Rochelle, NY
  • OCT 2: School Visit Vista Alternative HS // Yuma, AZ
  • OCT 14: Let's Talk Debut Year w/ Nic Stone // IG Live @AuthorJ.Elle 

  • FEB 24: CCA Writers Conference // San Diego, CA
  • FEB 9: Writing As Entrepreneurship // Dr. Will Show Podcast
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