About Helen

Location: Walthamstow N.E. London UK 

I'm Helen Hollick. I live on the outskirts of NE London close to Epping Forest with my husband and adult daughter – and a variety of pets. I have been passionate about books and writing all my life. My first employment was in a local library, where I discovered the history behind the legends of King Arthur, which eventually led to the writing of my Pendragon’s Banner Trilogy, the first of my historical novels.

I have been Chair of the local Dyslexia Association – both my husband and daughter are dyslexic - and I worked part-time as a School Librarian in a Special Needs school. I especially enjoy encouraging new writers to achieve their dream of writing a novel. My best advice? ‘To finish, you must first get started!’

I was first published by William Heinemann (Random House UK) but when my books were not to be re-printed I obtained the copyright and re-published with a small independent company as part of their even smaller mainstream imprint. The company recently closed, however, so rather than fall out of print again I have republished with an assisted publishing company, SilverWood Books based in Bristol UK.
My Historical Fiction novels are also published in the US by Sourcebooks Inc.
I have recently volunteered to become the UK editor for the HNS Online Review section, with the ultimate aim of improving the standard of self published historical fiction novels.

I firmly support writers who decide to publish their books as either “self” or “independent”, as I feel too many excellent writers are being overlooked, for various reasons. It must be emphasised, however, that to be taken seriously self published authors must produce their books to a professional standard. There is no reason why a self published novel cannot be as good as any mainstream book. Which means professional editing and production. This costs money, but quality is never cheap.

Main website   www.helenhollick.net
Twitter:          http://twitter.com/HelenHollick

Author of
The Pendragon’s Banner Trilogy
A Hollow Crown (UK title) / The Forever Queen (US title)
Harold the King (UK title) / I am the Chosen King (US title)
The Sea Witch Voyages:
Sea Witch
Pirate Code
Bring it Close

Helen Hollick: e mail here

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