|Helen Phifer Crime/Ghost Story Writer|
I was a member of the Romantic Novelists Association New Writers Scheme in 2012 and it is brilliant. If you are an unpublished writer on a quest for publication I cannot recommend it enough. I met my lovely editor Anna at my first RNA conference in July of the same year for a ten minute appointment which changed my life. I am very proud to say that I am now a full member of the RNA and I am very excited to have been able to join the Crime Writers Association and The Society of Authors.
I have been reading and writing since I was very young, devouring every book in school and at home that I could get my hands on. I loved Enid Blyton and the Famous Five in my pre-teen years and spent many a Sunday afternoon whisked away to somewhere far more exciting than my small bedroom. In my teenage years I progressed to Stephen King who would scare the living daylights out of me and I could never get enough. I devoured everything he wrote along with James Herbert, Dean Koontz, Graham Masterton and many more.
I love to read books which are page turners and make the hair on the back of my neck stand on end, unfortunately these books seem a lot harder to find than when I was a teenager so I set about writing my own. The Ghost House has taken about eight years from start to finish and I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I have enjoyed writing it. The Secrets of the Shadows was written in just six months and I enjoyed writing that even more. I have the most amazing readers who take the time to Tweet and Facebook me to tell me how much they have enjoyed reading both books and it's fabulous. They tell me how they couldn't go to bed because they had to finish the chapter they were reading and that is exactly what I hoped for.