Author of Mystery and Suspense Fiction

Olive Balla
Olive Balla

Olive Balla is the author of two suspense novels “An Arm and a Leg”, and “Jillie”, both published by The Wild Rose Press. Her third novel “Code Murder: A Cyber Suspense” will be released soon.


An Arm and a Leg cover

Albuquerque divorcee Frankie O’Neil dreams of having a normal life. However, given her penchant for making the worst possible decisions about men and the fact she hoards food and hears the voices of dead relatives who hint at a dark family secret, her life is anything but normal.

When her brother is shot minutes after leaving a package in her freezer, the police suspect her of murder and order her not to leave town. But sticking around brings on a new set of problems–trying not to fall in love with the deputy who suspects her of being a cannibalistic serial killer and proving her innocence by finding the real killers before they kill her. And, if finding a death threat written in children’s chalk beside a strangled bird on her front porch, dodging a speeding car intent on running her down, and barely escaping flames destroying her home are any indication, time is running out. Read an excerpt…


 “Jillie is a tale of horror-tinged high adventure, brought to life by Dickensian characters and high-velocity pacing. It’s the story of an 11-year-old girl on the run from her brutal step-family in the New Mexico desert.”