The third in our series of posts looking at the authors who use The Book Reality Experience. This time it’s the turn of Helene Smith, a former traditionally published author who decided to reclaim the rights to her work and use the independent route to publish her Young Adult and Children novels as E-Books.
Helene Smith was raised in a rural area at Linfarn Manjimup, Western Australia. Her school teacher mother handed on a love of literature and a tradition of storytelling which became a lifelong passion.
After a short nursing career, Helene married a school teacher and raised a large family, whilst all the time writing ‘covertly’ as a young mother – short fiction, private journal writing and poetry, honing her craft through TAFE correspondence courses. After studying Education and English and obtaining a degree as a mature student at Edith Cowan University in Bunbury, Western Australia, she wrote her first book; Operation Clancy (1994) was inspired by a wish to produce an ‘easy to read’ thriller for reluctant older readers.
Since then, the sheer joy of invention and a fascination with the writing process has kept Helene in there. An experienced presenter and writer/facilitator in schools, community centres and institutions for adult learners, she delights in sharing the writing process with others.Ray is a business leader, presenter, social media commentator and author. A previous CEO of Fremantle Council he holds Master’s degree in philosophy, psychology, business and social work and has an extensive background in senior management.
Helene had her manuscripts, already fully edited, as well as her original artwork. All she required from the Book Reality Experience was assistance in setting up her Amazon Kindle account, her Draft2Digital account and the uploading of the actual interiors and covers. She also received a few hours one-on-one tuition so that she is able to manage all of this going forward.
Helene is currently working on a far-reaching, illustrated fantasy/adventure novel.
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