Where are you? I live in Queensland, in a small seaside town at the southern most point of the Great Barrier Reef.
It's an amazing place and I feel so lucky to live just a couple of hundred metres from the Pacific Ocean. My husband and I get to ride our horses along the beach which is such a great experience.
How many years have you been a member of Romance Writers of Australia and Romance Writers of New Zealand? RWOz Since 1993, RWA since 2005.
What genre do you write? Harlequin Special Edition (Home & Family type books that allow me to include my passion for cowboys and horses).
Who are your favourite authors? Susan Mallory, Christine Rimmer, Jane Austen, Maeve Binchy.
|Zeb - Helen's thoroughbred|
I wrote my first book when I was seven, a story about a girl and her beloved horse. I read Austen at a young age too. But it was when I was around 12 that I read my first couple of Mills & Boon that I fell in love with romance and knew I wanted to write them.
Two books stood out for me - Rosalind Brett's WINDS OF ENCHANTMENT, and Robyn Donald's BRIDE OF WHANGATAPU. I thank both these talented authors for showing me the road to romance.
Who's your dream agent and/or dream publisher? I have my dream agent - Scott Eagan at Greyhaus Literary Agency, and my dream editor Susan Litman at Harlequin Special Edition. They are both incredibly supportive of my career and am so looking forward to seeing my first book hit the shelves in 2012.
What's the best thing about going to conference? Catching up with friends and colleagues. Knowing I will always have a 'light bulb moment'. Bunking with my friend Louise Cusack and raiding the mini bar :)
|Sunset from Helen's window|
My greatest strength as a writer is... my determination (An ability to survive on six hours sleep a night so I can stay up till the wee small hours and write)
A sexy hero needs... a flaw that can be redeemed with the love of the right woman
My latest WIP (work in progress) is about... a sexy widowed saddle maker and a girl who won't take no for an answer.
When I write I like to... look out my office window and see the ocean and my horses grazing
My best writing milestone to date is... selling my first book to Harlequin Special Edition in November 2010.
Check out Helen's website if you'd like to know more about her.