My new suspense novel 'Lies Behind the Ruin' was published on 25 April 2019 by Hashtag Press. You can order it from the shop on this website, from all good bookshops and from Amazon.

My debut novel, suspense thriller 'After Leaving the Village' was published in October 2017. It's available from Amazon, Foyles and Waterstones and many independent bookshops. I am an ambassador for 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 both my books 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. Her new novel 'Lies Behind the Ruin' - contemporary suspense and domestic noir, set in France, was published on 25 April 2019. 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 and 'On Crosby Beach' published on EllipsisZine.. She blogs about writing, travel and issues she feels passionate about. She posts occasional book reviews and is available for occasional copy writing assignments. Helen holds an MA in Creative Writing from Oxford Brookes University.

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.

Save the Modern Slavery Helpline

The Modern Slavery Helpline run by the charity Unseen UK is at risk of closing if new funding can't be raised. I'm re-sharing a blog I wrote recently for Unseen that explains why I support their work. If you want to help the appeal, the link to their website is below.


Book Review: The Rule Breaker's Guide to Step Up and Stand Out

Thanks to the publisher for sending me an advance copy of The Rule Breaker's Guide to Step Up and Stand Out by saxophonist, poet, speaker and performer, Georgia Varjas. Here is my review.


When Life Becomes Fiction

This article first appeared as a guest post as part of my blog tour for Lies Behind the Ruin. I'm grateful to Books, Life and Everything for hosting me and have included the link to the website.


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