Her debut novel, The Lost Letters of William Woolf was published in 2018 by Penguin the UK, Ireland, Australia and South Africa and will be published in the USA by Harper Collins in 2019. The novel has also sold in translation to numerous foreign markets including Germany, Italy, Greece, Russia and Israel.
In addition, Lost Letters has been optioned for television by Mainstreet Productions whose past successes include Downtown Abbey and Broadchurch. Helen was also shortlisted as Best Newcomer at this year’s Irish Books Awards.
Before writing, Helen started her career with Ireland’s national broadcaster, RTE where she worked in radio broadcasting before moving to London in 2010. She subsequently worked for companies such as the BBC and The Times before her most recent role in Google where she worked before signing her publishing contract.
Helen wrote the first draft of her debut novel, The Lost Letters of William Woolf, while completing the Guardian/UEA novel writing programme under the mentorship of Michele Roberts. She holds a B.A. Communications from Dublin City University, an M.A. Theatre Studies from University College Dublin and is currently completing an M,A. in English Literature at Brunel University in London.
Helen is now writing full-time and working on her second novel under contract to Penguin.