Stop press: My new novel 'Lies Behind the Ruin' will be published in spring 2019. Watch this space for more news.

My debut novel 'After Leaving the Village' is out now published by Hashtag Press. You can order it from my website at the link below. It's also available from Amazon, Foyles and Waterstones and all good bookshops. I am partnering with Unseen, an inspirational charity working towards a world without slavery, to raise awareness of their work. I'm also donating a percentage of profits from my book to Unseen.


Helen Matthews writes novels and short stories. Her debut novel 'After Leaving the Village' ​won first prize in the opening pages category at Winchester Writers' Festival and was published in October 2017. She was runner up in Southport International short story competition; her short stories include 'Coal' published in Artificium; 'Invisible' published in Love Sunday magazine; 'Breaking the Silence' long listed for Reflex Flash Fiction. She blogs about writing, travel and more and writes freelance about HR, Employee Benefits and pensions. She holds an MA in Creative Writing from Oxford Brookes.

My Writing Places

I carry a notebook with me everywhere to scribble down ideas. When the weather's fine I love to work outside. Here are some of the inspirational places where I've set up my laptop.

Gladstone's Library


"Travelling is like flirting with life. It's like saying, I would stay and love you but I have to go; this is my station." Lisa St. Aubin deTeran.

A Conversation with Author Helen Matthews (by G J Stevens)

Here's a link to an interview I did for the website of fellow author, G Stevens. He quizzed me on what I'd learned about book promotion and publicity.


Field of Dreams (Revisited)

Who would live in a house like this? In the summer of 2000, while on a camping holiday in France, my husband and I impulse-bought a dilapidated farm building. I’ve always wanted to use that experience in fiction and my new novel Lies Behind the Ruin opens with the Willshire family making a similar rash decision to purchase a French ruin. There the similarity ends. The Willshires’ story is one of darkness, loss and danger and you can read about it in Lies Behind the Ruin - available for pre-order now. Our experience, on the other hand, was reckless, but ultimately became a joy.


Advocacy through Fiction: A Book Might Change Your Life (or Someone Else's)

Christmas is a good time to open our eyes and our hearts to the plight of others. In this article, I consider whether fiction has a role in advocacy.

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