About Helene Young
For multi-award winning author, Helene Young, the idea for her ‘Border Watch’ series started one early morning.
“I discovered a body washed up on the beach. While there was nothing sinister in that discovery, it planted the seed of an idea for a novel focusing on the terrorist threat to Australia. Working as a captain with Australia’s largest regional airline I fly with crews who have flown for Surveillance Australia – the current Coastwatch contractor. That made it easy to draw on their experiences and weave my characters through a realistic scenario.”
WINGS OF FEAR(Border Watch), voted Romantic Book of the Year in 2011, is the first of her loosely linked trilogy focusing on the coastal surveillance operations round Australia.
SHATTERED SKY, the second book, which recently won the Romantic Book of the Year 2012, is set in the world of the Outlawed Motorcycle gangs and organised crime. These first two books were also awarded the Favourite Romantic Suspense novels by the Australian Romance Readers Association in 2010 and 2011 respectively.
BURNING LIES, the final Border Watch book, was released in July 2012 by Penguin Australia. A passionate love story, it’s set on the Atherton Tablelands at the height of bushfire season.
Helene’s latest novel, HALF MOON BAY, will be released on 22nd May, 2103.
Helene continues to work as a senior Check and Training Pilot with Qantaslink flying throughout regional Australia. When she’s not flying you’ll find her in North Queensland with her husband and manic Staffordshire Bullterrier, Zeus. She’s also custodian of several million bees, a lover of tropical gardens and an avid reader.
In what other spare time she has left she conducts writing workshops for QWC and schools and other writing organisations.
Helene is available for motivation speaking engagements, school visits or library chats. Contact her via the “Contact’ tab on this website.
Author Appearances – 2013
Logan North Library, 15th Feb, 2013
AWPA – Guest presenter at Conference – 9th-12th May, 2013
Gold Coast Literati, 17th & 18th May, 2013
Cairns Aeroclub, HALF MOON BAY book launch 24th May, 2013
Brisbane HALF MOON BAY, breakfast 31st May, 2013 -TBA
RWA conference – 16th-18th August 2013 – Fremantle.
Wangi Library 26th July 2013.
Author Appearances – 2011-2012
Coffs Harbour Library, 7th August, 2012
Bellingen Library, 8th August, 2012,
Mareeba Library, 9th August 2012
Speers Point Library, 14th August 2012
Cheltenham Library, 1st August, 2012
Mossman Library, 21st July, 2012
Trinity Bay State High School, 25th & 26th July 2012
Black Cat Books, Paddington, 27th July, 2012
Smithfield Library, 19th May, 2012
Gordonvale Library, 2nd June, 2012
International Women’s Day 2012 – Taree Library – 6pm 8th March
National Year of Reading 2012 :- Atherton Library 6 pm 14th February 2012
ARRA Awards Dinner : Sydney, 11th February, 2o12
National Year of Reading 2012 :- Cairns Library 4th Feb, 2012
RWA NQ Roadshow, Cairns, May 28th, 2011
Gloucester Writers Festival, April 30th 2011
Australian Romance Readers Conference – Panel Discussions 26th, 27th March 2011.
Camden Library, 18th Feb 2011
Tamworth Library, 19th Feb 2011
Sisters in Crime March 2010
Brisbane Writers Festival – Panel Discussion 2010 and Conducted Writing Course 2010
RWA Conference – Panel Discussion 2010 Conference
Yungaburra Book Fair – Chair of Panel 2010
Tropical Writers Festival - Panel Discussion. 2010
Plane Crazy Downunder Podcast – Aug 2012
Cairns City Life, May 2011
AOPA, May 2011, Kathy Mexted
The Age – Story written by Helene for the Melbourne Age 5/02/2011
Cairns Post 2011- Story by Rob Mellett.
Cairns Post 2010 – Story by Julianna Kerr
Courier Mail March 2010 – Fiona Purdon
Herald Sun March 2010 -Fiona Purdon
Brisbane News Feb 2010 – Phil Brown
Cairns City Life, Feb 2010
Take Five – Helen Chryssides 2010
612 ABC Radio Podcast, 2012
4CA, ‘Locco’ Breakfast Show, 2011
BBC World News 2011- Birmingham, Conventry and London. Live crosses during Cyclone Yasi
ABC Central West 2011 - Angela Owens – 2 live interviews during Cylcone Yasi
ABC Far North – 2010 Fiona Sewell
Curtin Radio – 2010 Jenny Seaton
Community Radio Cairns 2010 and 2011 - Bev Blaauw
Writing Courses by Helene
GenreCon – Popular Fiction, November 2012
Tropical Writers Festival – Fast Fiction, September 2012
RWA Conference – Relentless Conflict, August 2012
AWMonline – Kim Wilkins The Year of the Novel January 2012- a Year long on-line course mentoring writers on the way to completing a novel.
Queensland Writers Centre – Regional Programme – ‘The Bones of Your Book’ – a one day intensive course to be held at Mission Beach, Cooktown and Brisbane. Further details to come.
Brisbane Writers Festival 2010 – 3 hour workshop. ‘Sharpening the Edge of Romantic Suspense.’
Queensland Writers Centre – Regional Programme – ‘Writing Popular Fiction’
- One day intensive course Townsville 19th March 2011
- One day intensive course Cairns, 20th March 2011
- Workshop on Conflict. ‘Avatar – Layer Upon Layer’
Writing Awards for her Novels
Short listed - Daphne du Maurier Awards for Mainstream Crime and Suspense, America, 2013 (announced 20th July.)
Winner of Romantic Book of the Year (R*BY) 2012, Romance Writers of Australia
Davitt Award Short-List 2012 – Sisters in Crime
WINGS OF FEAR (Border Watch)
Winner of ARRA – Favourite Romantic Suspense, 2010
- (Beyond the Borders) Finalist 2008 Golden Heart RWAmerica
- Finalist – Single Title (STALI) RWA Aust 2009
- 2nd Round – Single Title Emerald – RWA 2009
LITTLE FURTHER NORTH
- Highly Cmd Clendon Award RWNZ 2007
- (Honest Lies) Finalist – Single Title (STALI) RWA Aust 2008
- Second Rnd Emerald RWAust 2008
HALF MOON DREAMING
- 2nd Single Title RWNZ – Agents choice 2006
- 2nd Single Title Emerald RWAust 2007
Circle of Life
2nd Emma Darcy Award- RWAust 2005
Professional Aviation Qualifications
Check and Training Captain Dash 8 400
Airline Transport Pilot Licence
Grade One Multi-Engine IFR Flying Instructor
Civil Aviation Safety Authority Approved Testing Officer