"Because I Had To is a great read by Ms. Jara. Every story, every poem is a work of art that comes straight from her heart. Can't wait for her next book."
- Amazon Customer Review "Helene Jara's book Because I Had To is hilariously funny and shockingly delightful ... She is truly a wonderful writer. I highly recommend it."
- Amazon Customer Review "Much of Simkin Jara's material is autobiographical and bravely revealing, with tales of childhood, young adulthood and motherhood, some of which are over-the-top hilarious."
- Amazon Customer ReviewKindle Bestseller in "Literary Fiction" - Amazon.com: July, 2014
Kindle Bestseller in "General Drama" - Amazon.com: July, 2014 A collection of award-winning short stories, poems, monologues and plays.
About the Author
Helene Simkin Jara has had her short stories, monologues and poems published in Mindprints, The Porter Gulch Review, La Revista, Gambara Literary Review, and Nerve Cowboy. She was a finalist in Glimmertrain. She was awarded Best Prose 3 times in The Porter Gulch Review and was nominated for the Pushcart Prize by Mindprints. She was twice a winner in a monologue contest at the Carl Cherry Center for the Arts in Carmel as well. She has been an actor and director since 1966. Her performances include locations in New York, and in California: Santa Monica, Salinas, Aptos, Santa Cruz and Carmel. Her theatrical career spans 18 years.