Helen
Matthews
Writer

My new novel 'Lies Behind the Ruin' will be published on 25 April 2019. You can preorder it now from the shop on this website or from Amazon.

My debut novel 'After Leaving the Village' iwas published in 2017. It's available from Amazon, Foyles and Waterstones and all good 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 my book to Unseen.

About

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' - contmporary suspense and domestic noir, set in France, will be 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. 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
France

Blog

"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.

Brexit: Deal or no deal? Read this if you’re planning to travel to Europe at Easter

Like it or loathe it, we need to talk about Brexit. The date has been a movable feast, but could sneak up on us. If that happens, would you be prepared? And what date is it anyway? The original date was 29th March but the government turned back from that cliff edge. The next date on the calendar for leaving (if there’s no deal) is 12th April. If a deal is voted through, the date would be 22nd May and, under that scenario we would be leaving with a deal, so there would be a transition period until 2020 giving us time to get our heads around new arrangements for travellers before they kick in.

1/4/2019

Baptiste – a dark and gripping drama but something was missing…

My review of the BBC’s dark, gripping thriller Baptiste. Centre stage of this drama was a crowded place with characters jostling for their stories to be heard. But who’s story was this, anyway? Stay with me – I’ll explain.

26/3/2019

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.

22/2/2019

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