Ten Things About Helen Smith You May Not Know

0367Helen Smith, author of The Miracle Inspector, is my guest today! Welcome Helen!

Ten Things About Helen Smith You May Not Know

By Helen Smith

  1. Helen Smith lives in Brixton, an ethnically diverse area of London, England, and she’s an active member of the local literary scene.
  1. The Miracle InspectorSeveral of Helen Smith’s books are dedicated to Lauren. Lauren is her daughter.
  1. She’s a qualified scuba diver.
  1. She was inspired to write Alison Wonderland after moving to Brixton. Alison Wonderland is a quirky comedy about a woman who joins an all-female detective agency in Brixton and is hired to find an abandoned baby – any baby.
  1. She was inspired to write her dystopian novel The Miracle Inspector after volunteering as a writing mentor with exiled writers in London through British charity Freedom from Torture. She wondered what it would be like if she had to leave her home because it was no longer safe to live there.
  1. She was inspired to write her Emily Castles mystery series when her dog Jessie died. In the first story, Three Sisters, twenty-six-year-old amateur sleuth Emily has a dog called Jessie who has just died. Emily goes to a party in the big house at the end of her street and witnesses a murder. No one will believe what Emily has seen: they think she’s just upset about her dog.
  1. Helen Smith was a ginger baby, a red-headed child, an auburn adult, and now her hair is chestnut brown with a hint of fire in it. She has never dyed her hair, but nature has darkened it over the years.
  1. She has tried to learn numerous foreign languages since she was a child — including Cantonese, Japanese, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish, Latin, Greek and Welsh — and she can’t say more than a few words in any of them, unless she’s drunk.
  1. She’s a Literary Death Match champion. Literary Death Match is an anarchic literary event where four writers go head-to-head, reading from their books in front of an audience. They are awarded marks for performance, literary merit and ‘intangibles’, and then they compete in a literature-related crazy task. After reading from Alison Wonderland, Helen shot lipsticked arrows at a poster of HG Wells and was declared the winner when her arrow landed closest to his mouth. Oh, and she was blindfolded. The medal she was awarded hangs in her kitchen over a framed copy of the first review she ever had, which was also for Alison Wonderland, and appeared in The Times.

10. She can’t sing but she loves to dance. She hates driving but she can type really fast. And she can knit. So if you need a jumper or a scarf, a play or a book, or if you want to watch her wiggle and whirl to classic club tunes in her kitchen, she’ll be happy to oblige. Just don’t ask her to drop you home afterwards.

Helen Smith 2About the Author:

Helen Smith is a member of the Writers Guild of Great Britain and English PEN. She traveled the world when her daughter was small, doing all sorts of strange jobs to support them both – from cleaning motels to working as a magician’s assistant – before returning to live in London where she wrote her first novel which was published by Gollancz (part of the Hachette Group).

She is the author of bestselling cult novel Alison Wonderland. She writes novels, poetry, plays and screenplays and is the recipient of an Arts Council of England Award. She’s a long-term supporter of the Medical Foundation for the Victims of Torture and mentors members of an exiled writers group to help them tell their stories.

Her latest book is the dystopian thriller The Miracle Inspector.

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Pick up a copy of The Miracle Inspector at Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Miracle-Inspector-Helen-Smith/dp/0956517056

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