About Helen

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author images © Ben Turner Photography

Helen is the author of The May Queen (Crooked Cat Books) and a digital editor.

In a former life, she worked as a bookseller for Waterstones and an admissions assistant for an acting school, before signing up to a £12-a-day internship at a glossy magazine (when it was the norm). For the next six years (and on a better grade) she went on to write and edit for Harper’s Bazaar and Good Housekeeping. She is currently the digital editor for Bloomsbury Publishing.

Helen attended the Faber Novel Writing Programme. She splits her time between London, Wiltshire and Colombia, when she can get there. The May Queen is her debut novel.

She was a runner-up in the 2017 Retreat West Flash Fiction Prize for her story,
La Tomatina.

Helen is seeking representation for her second novel, set in 1940s Colombia, about a broken architect trying to build something new.

@helenireneyoung

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