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Helen grew up in New Zealand, an only child possessed by a vivid imagination and a love for reading. She wrote stories for amusement in her early teenage years, and when she left leaving school, she took a secretarial job at a father-and-son legal firm.
Helen’s hobbies are tennis, table-tennis, judo, reading. She loves movies, and leads an active social life.
At age twenty-one Helen joined a girlfriend and embarked on a working holiday in Australia, travelling via cruise ship from Auckland to Melbourne. Alas, no shipboard romance, as she spent all four days in her cabin suffering from sea-sickness!
After fifteen months working in Melbourne, Helen and her friend bought a vehicle and took three months to drive the length and breadth of Australia, choosing to work in Cairns in order to fund the final leg of our journey to Sydney. It was in Cairns that Helen met her future husband, Danilo Bianchin, an Italian immigrant from Treviso. He was a tobacco sharefarmer from the tobacco farming community of Mareeba. His English was pitiful, and her command of Italian was nil.
Six months later they married, and Helen was flung into cooking for up to nine tobacco pickers, stringing tobacco, feeding 200 chickens, a few turkeys, ducks ... plus killing, cleaning and cooking the same!
Her knowledge of Italian improved, and there were hilarious moments in retrospect. Some of what she endured was cooking on a wood-burning stove, having no running hot water, a primitive shower and toilet facilities, washing uniforms for two soccer teams during the soccer season...floods, horrendous hailstone damage to tobacco crops, hardship, and the stillbirth of their first child.
Then, to their joy, Helen’s daughter, Lucia, was born. Three years later the couple returned to New Zealand, where they settled for sixteen years. During those early years, they added two sons, Angelo and Peter, to the family, and, on telling anecdotes of farm life in an Italian community to friends, the idea of writing a book occurred. A romance, set on a tobacco farm in Australia's far north, Queensland, featuring an Italian hero. Helen says, "the background was authentic, believe me!" However the hero was rich and owned the farm…artistic license!
It took her a year to complete a passable manuscript, typed on a portable typewriter at the dining room table. That first effort was deemed too short with insufficient detail. Helen rewrote it. This time it was considered too long with too much extraneous detail. She revised, then sent it to London. Four months later she received a telegram from Alan Boon to say they intended to publish and a contract would be sent in the mail. It was the most wonderful news!
Helen wrote ten more books while living in New Zealand, then in 1981, her family resettled in Australia, on Queensland's Gold Coast. She has since published twenty-five more books. She loves creating characters, giving them life and providing a situation where their emotions are tested and love wins out.
Today, with computer technology, the mechanics of writing are much easier. However, the writing process doesn't change. Helen says that she’s having a good day if she can achieve 5 good pages, which she is likely to change, edit and rewrite the following day.
For her, the greatest praise is for a reader to say they couldn't put the book down... then Helen knows that she has achieved what she set out to do — "create a moving enjoyable story which holds the reader entertained from beginning to end."|
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Alessandro's Prize (large print) - (07/11)
Alessandro's Prize - (07/11)
Public Marriage, Private Secrets - (10/10)
Andreou Marriage Arrangement, The (US edition) - (09/10)
Bride, Bought and Paid For - (04/10)
Italian's Ruthless Marriage Command, The - (03/09)
Purchased: His Perfect Wife - (10/08)
Martinez Marriage Revenge, The - (04/08)
Greek Tycoon's Virgin Wife, The - (10/07)
Marriage Possession, The - (04/07)
Latin Affairs (UK-Anthology) - (12/06)
Purchased by the Billionaire (UK) - (10/06)
Purchased By The Billionaire - (09/06)
High-Society Wife, The - (02/06)
Greek's Bought Bride, The - (11/05)
Disobedient Bride, The - (05/05)
His Pregnancy Ultimatum - (11/04)
Coming Home - (11/04)
Spaniard's Baby Bargain, The - (06/04)
In the Spaniard's Bed - (09/03)
Pregnancy Proposal, The - (03/03)
Greek Bridegroom, The - (11/02)
Passionate Surrender, A - (10/02)
Wedding Ultimatum, The - (04/02)
Husband Test, The - (12/01)
Mistress By Contract - (09/01)
Marriage Arrangement, The - (07/01)
Husband Assignment, The` - (07/00)
Marriage Deal, The - (05/00)
Christmas Affairs - (12/99)
Convenient Bridegroom, A - (12/99)
Mistress By Arrangement - (09/99)
Bridal Bed, The - (12/98)
Marriage Campaign, The - (06/98)
Ideal Marriage?, An - (09/97)
Desert Mistress - (03/97)
Forgotten Husband - (05/96)
Dangerous Alliance - (05/95)
Passion's Mistress - (12/94)
Reluctant Captive - (11/93)
Stormfire - (06/93)
No Gentle Seduction - (02/93)
Wildfire Encounter - (09/92)
Stefanos Marriage, The - (01/92)
Tiger's Lair - (08/91)
Touch the Flame - (02/90)
Awakening Desire, An - (09/88)
Dark Enchantment - (05/87)
Bitter Encore - (12/85)
Dark Tyrant - (01/85)
Sweet Tempest - (12/84)
Savage Pagan - (11/84)
Yesterday's Shadow - (06/84)
Savage Touch, The - (10/81)
Edge of Spring - (03/81)
Devil In Command - (02/81)
Master of Uluru - (01/81)
Stormy Possession - (06/79)
Vines In Splendour, The - (02/79)
Hills of Home, The - (06/78)
Avenging Angel - (07/77)
Bewildered Haven - (10/76)