In 1927, Mazo de la Roche was an impoverished writer in Toronto when she won a $10,000 prize from the American magazine Atlantic Monthlyfor her novel Jalna. The book became an immediate bestseller. In 1929, the sequel Whiteoaksalso went to the top of bestseller lists. Mazo went on to publish 16 novels in the popular series about a Canadian family named Whiteoak, living in a house called Jalna. Her success allowed her to travel the world and to live in a mansion near Windsor Castle. Mazo created unforgettable characters who come to life for her readers, but she was secretive about her own life and tried to escape the public attention her fame brought.Kirk, Heather is the author of 'Mazo De La Roche Rich And Famous Writer', published 2006 under ISBN 9781894852203 and ISBN 1894852206.