MEDIA: BOOK Review –
August 21, 2020 – It’s the story author Jax Miller is now hoping to share with the world. Her book “Hell in the Heartland” was released July 28 and was her first soiree into fiction writing.
“I’m from New York. I lived in Ireland for nearly a decade and that’s where I started my writing career,” she told the Progress. “I honestly don’t know where I first heard about this story, maybe a one-off on TV. But I knew I wanted to write about it. It’s a fascinating story. From her office in Dublin, Miller called Maureen Bible, mother of missing girl Lauria Bible.
“I told her I was thinking about writing this story and she said ‘come on out.’ And the rest is history. Here we are nearly five years later,” Miller said.
“Reaction to the book has been incredibly positive so far … It’s been very important to me to get this story out there. I think this story has been very regional. I really wanted to shine a wider light on the story and on the girls’ faces. I know press coverage has been so important to the families—it helps with tips, it helps keep the story fresh in people’s minds. And that’s what I hope this book does.”
It’s a story Miller says is stranger than fiction:
On December 30, 1999, in rural Oklahoma, sixteen-year-old Ashley Freeman and her best friend, Lauria Bible, were having a sleepover. The next morning, the Freeman family trailer was in flames and both girls were missing.