Shining the Spotlight on Local Talent: Authors of the North East

The North East folk are a talented bunch of people and I don’t just mean the likes of our region’s legends such as Ant and Dec, Sting, Robson Green, Alan Shearer and Catherine Cookson. We have some amazing creatives living in the local area, who’s work inspires and interests many of us. As someone whoContinue reading “Shining the Spotlight on Local Talent: Authors of the North East”

Las Vegas – A Mexican Feast!

If holiday isn’t the time to indulge with eating out, I don’t know what is! So on a recent trip to Las Vegas, after so long not travelling, it felt that little bit more of a treat to eat out in my favourite American city. Now I have to be honest, much of fine diningContinue reading “Las Vegas – A Mexican Feast!”

The Palms Place – A Home from Home

Las Vegas is my favourite holiday destination. Not everyone’s cup of tea, or yard of frozen cocktail as the case may be, but for me, it’s everything I love! After two years of not visiting, due to the pandemic and not feeling quite ready to travel, we went on our rescheduled 11 night holiday toContinue reading “The Palms Place – A Home from Home”

North East Lifestyle Magazine Interview

I was lucky enough to be interviewed by the lovely Sally for the brilliant NE Lifestyle Magazine! We talked all things writing, inspiration and chatted about my debut novel, The Dinner Club. Check out the whole magazine by clicking on the image below and my interview on page 50.

The Dinner Club is One Month Old!

It’s been a month since the official launch of my debut novel, The Dinner Club. And what a month it has been! I’ve been lucky enough to be invited onto two podcast interviews, feature in three newsletters and had a few magazine interviews. On top of this I have had the most wonderful photos sentContinue reading “The Dinner Club is One Month Old!”

Pre-order The Dinner Club!

My debut novel, The Dinner Club is now available to pre-order in paperback and e-book. Paperback will be available in a range of stockists, Waterstones being the first! https://www.waterstones.com/book/9781838182083

Community Cat Magazine

Eric and myself were both delighted to have his story featured in Community Cat Magazine in January. Eric was particularly happy to be their cover boy. His double page article tells his journey from homeless cat, to purrfectly pampered kit and his social media popularity! Check them out for all things furrtastic, including an interviewContinue reading “Community Cat Magazine”

New Writing Role !

I’ve started 2022 in a new role, as a writer at Radio Gateshead, joining a brilliant team delivering local news and articles of interest. Tune in, check out their website and here is the link to my page. https://radiogateshead.co.uk/author/helena/

Flash Fiction Anthology

Honoured to feature in this beautiful anthology, created by award winning author Christopher Fielden. 1000 writers, 1000 flash fiction stories and all money raised from sales goes to Arkbound Foundation, who support disadvantaged groups to get published.

The Dinner Club

My debut novel is due for release next March! In the run up, my brilliant publisher will be sharing updates, snippets, pre-order information and information on the launch. It would be wonderful if anyone interested could sign up to alerts via the link below. Thanks loads ❤️ https://bit.ly/tdchelen

Forty Thoughts on Turning Forty – Realisations and Reflections

I begrudgingly turned forty this Spring. It’s was something of an emotional rollercoaster to me. On one hand I was and still am seething that I have entered “middle age”, I don’t want to adult, I just want to be fresh faced, drink alcohol two nights in a row and be care-free. On the otherContinue reading “Forty Thoughts on Turning Forty – Realisations and Reflections”

Albatross

Lingering, in the shadow you lurk, Although there have been a thousand sun rises, Since I escaped, away from your claws. Will I ever feel truly emancipated? Care free, no looking over my shoulder, No heart racing, dry mouth anxiety. Albatross. What is it like to be without you? To drown you in a seaContinue reading “Albatross”

Hope for tomorrow

A crack, a split, a tear in the seam A scab you can’t leave alone. Locked in, caged, tied down, A bird, trapped, that had once flown. Wishing I could switch it off,  Disable the plug of power. Instead the climb to peace of mind, Feels like an infinite tower. I grab and scratch atContinue reading “Hope for tomorrow”