|Helen was born in 1967 in the New
Forest where she spent her childhood dreaming of becoming a ballerina
and doodling in the margins. She graduated from Southampton Faculty of
Art and Design (so long ago now, that the place doesn’t even
exist!) and worked as a professional Doodler of Margins (Graphic
Designer) for twenty years. In 2006 She moved to Pembrokeshire with her
family and lives in the middle of nowhere where she reads, writes, and
The House with Old Furniture is her debut novel.
A story of love, loss and betrayal - where no-one can be trusted to tell the full story, and nothing is as it seems. One son dead and the other grieving, Evie is banished to Wales, her world falling apart. She survives in part due to the presense of the mysterious Alys and her son Nye, who reminds Evie of her own lost boy.
Questions for Helen
1. Are you working on another book?
I am, something totally different to the “The House…” lighter, more humorous and very every-day, I’m hoping a lot of people will perhaps recognise themselves in it. But it’s very early days.
2. What is your preferred genre?
I wouldn’t want to pigeon hole myself, there are areas that I can’t imagine myself wandering into, EL James areas for example, or Si-Fi, but at this point in my writing career, which is just about to fledge, it’s exciting to think of all the future possibilities.
3. What is your writing style?
At the moment I write very much in the first person. I want my readers to feel as if they are in the heads of my main characters - hearing their thoughts.
4. What gives you inspiration for your book?
I think I’m the same as most writers, I collect people. My Ideas come from every day places, news, paper,s books I’m reading and then it’s a case of playing “what if”. What if I take this situation and add an earthquale, or that person and let them win the lottery.
5. Of all the characters you have created, which is your favourite?
Finn. I love his straight talking. In fact, I love listening to a child’s eye view of life and the world full stop. They say it as it is. Things are black and white with them. No politics. Very refreshing.
6. What character in your book are you least likely to get along with?
Andrew. He’s an arrogant bastard.
7. What is the biggest surprise that you experienced by becoming a writer?
The isolation of sitting at a desk tapping away. The quantity of hobnobs I can consume whilst trying to write something – anything. And the incredible length of time it takes for anything to happen. Having worked in the design industry for twenty years, I’m used to deadlines that run to days, not months and years!
8. What has been the best compliment?
I’ll let you know when it happens, although “You’re a good cooker” (from my 8-year old) was pretty special but not really linked to my writing
9. Tell us a little about your plans for the future?
Writing. Writing. Writing.