Nostalgic tale penned by Romford author

PUBLISHED: 18:00 20 December 2010 | UPDATED: 11:39 24 December 2010

Eileen Williams aka Elena Rose and her new book

Eileen Williams aka Elena Rose and her new book


A LOCAL author doesn’t stray far from home in her latest novel set in the Romford of yesteryear, featuring a devious and spoilt future rock star.

Pensioner Eileen Williams, who writes under the pen name Elana Rose, has turned slightly away from the “sex, drugs and rock n’ roll” of her debut novel for its prequel.

Eden’s Rose is a hard-hitting nostalgic tale set in the 1950s and swinging 1960s focusing on future star Eden Gold’s youth.

“It’s about childhood, deception and the occult,” she said. “This one is about the character growing up, and his first love. He’s the sort of person who has an overprotective mother who rewards him with a slice of lemon meringue cake if he does something bad.”

Eileen, of Hillfoot Road, Collier Row, admits that her work is “about 70 per cent fiction” with the rest based on people she has met over the years.

No stranger to showbiz herself, the trained classical ballerina and belly dancer toured the British performance circuits during the 1970s, including a run with The Peters and Lee Show.

She describes her novels as being in the same style as Jackie Collins. The reaction to the erotic passages of her first novel, Drifting in a Broken Dream, caused a stir among some readers.

“I remember talking to one person in her thirties and she was quite shocked. What I thought would appeal to young people seemed to actually shock older people less.”

“There’s no holds barred with me though, I don’t hold back,” she said.

Eden’s Rose is out now. It is available from several stockists including Swan Books in Upminster and Pat’s Books, Romford Market.

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