After a short nursing career, Helene married a school teacher and raised a large family, whilst all the time writing ‘covertly’ as a young mother – short fiction, private journal writing and poetry, honing her craft through TAFE correspondence courses.
After studying Education and English and obtaining a degree as a mature student at Edith Cowan University in Bunbury, Western Australia, she wrote her first book; Operation Clancy (1994) was inspired by a wish to produce an ‘easy to read’ thriller for reluctant older readers.
Since then, the sheer joy of invention and a fascination with the writing process has kept Helene in there. An experienced presenter and writer/facilitator in schools, community centres and institutions for adult learners she delights in sharing the writing process with others.
Children's and Young Adult
A Mysterious Land Downunder
A story for teens and the young at heart.
Twins, Lori and Cade Mason believe they are ordinary kids without a Merit for Good Work between them.
The last to be picked for teams or chosen for the lead part in concerts. So why are they singled out when their school, Brightday High, is jinxed by a wizard?
And why, when they need to stay city bound to join the search for the missing, Ms Alayah, do their parents, Robert and Petronella, send them up country – to Samuel – a distant cousin they don’t even know.
What lies ahead for the twins is an astonishing journey – a rip-roaring adventure peopled with the good, the bad and the terrible.
Are the ever so ordinary Lori and Cade up for it? Or will they find what they most fear and go for it?
The magic, the knowledge and the heart.