What’s not to love about going to book talks and meeting your favourite authors?
Even being in a room with like-minded writers and readers, gives off a whole load of inspiration to help me complete my elusive first draft that’s been buzzing around in my head…since…like…forever.
My heart skipped a beat when I found out a multi-award winning author was coming to talk at the Kalamunda Library in Western Australia. None other than the lovely, Australian Romantic Suspense author, Helene Young.
Helene’s world is beyond amazing. She began her talk with a beautiful story about her heritage and idyllic childhood, and continued into a life that would make most people very envious of her achievements.
Here’s Helene in the cockpit of a Dash 8 aircraft. Her job as senior Check and Training Pilot with Qantaslink has her flying throughout regional Australia, which she describes as the tiniest office with the best view of the world.
Helene’s love of sailing has her living with her retired hubby and Staffordshire Bull Terrier, Zeus, on Roo Bin Esque – a Lagoon 400 catamaran, moored near the Great Barrier Reef in the Coral Sea.
Helene’s new book ‘Half Moon Bay’ has been chosen as the June Book of the Month by the Get Reading program.
Ellie Wilding has been running from her past, but when the residents of Half Moon Bay call for help she knows it’s finally time to return home. As an international photojournalist, she’s used to violence in war zones, but she’s shocked when it erupts in the sleepy hamlet on the north coast of New South Wales, threatening all she holds dear.
Battle-weary Nicholas Lawson walked away from his military career leaving unfinished business. In a coastal backwater, that decision returns to haunt him. He remembers all too vividly his last lethal assignment in Afghanistan when Ellie’s sister, Nina, was shot and killed. Ellie’s been in his dreams ever since, even if she doesn’t remember him…
As a storm rages and flood waters rise, Ellie struggles to save her community. But who can she trust? Nick Lawson, the dangerously attractive stranger with secrets, or an old friend who’s never let her down?
- Helene’s a pantser. She draws from her experiences and gets the story down from start to finish.
- Her advice to aspiring authors is to not only write what you know, but write what you’re passionate about.
- Helene recommended the book ‘Eats, Shoots & Leaves’ by Lynne Truss, as her trusty ‘rules of punctuation’ companion.
If you’re looking for more books by this talented author, check out Helene’s Border Watch series: Wings of Fear (formerly, Border Watch) Shattered Sky and Burning Lies.
Special thanks to Helene for a most memorable evening, and another great read.