Helene Grace grew up in Hampshire, in a house that overlooked the fields of a farm bordered by trees. Beyond the farm was Staunton Park, previously part of a large country estate that in the summer opened to the public and held Gymkhanas. She has happy memories of having picnics at Staunton Park with her brothers and sisters, rolling down the hills, playing rounders and being amazed by the huge water-lilies on the lake.
Helene initially pursued an academic path rather than a creative one, by completing a Business Studies degree. However, from the age of thirteen she had always written short pieces, such as short stories and poems for herself. At university she created and wrote a one-off humorous magazine just to cheer up a friend.
It wasn’t until years later that she took her writing seriously: after she sent a series of witty e-mails to her work colleagues, who one by one exclaimed how much they had enjoyed reading them. New From Old started as a short story intended for magazine publication, but grew and grew. Within the book she has explored the themes of disappointment, loss, heartache, trust and emotional strength. There are times when we all have experiences that lead to these feelings and sometimes if you do not have the emotional strength - you need the help of someone special.
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