For multi-award winning author, Helene Young, the idea for her ‘BORDER WATCH’ series started early one morning.
“I discovered a body washed up on the beach. While there was nothing sinister in that discovery, it planted the seed of an idea for a novel focusing on the terrorist threat to Australia. Working as a captain with Australia’s largest regional airline I fly with crews who have flown for Surveillance Australia – the current Coastwatch contractor. That made it easy to draw on their experiences and weave my characters through a realistic scenario.”
WINGS OF FEAR(Border Watch), voted Romantic Book of the Year in 2011, is the first of her loosely linked trilogy focusing on the coastal surveillance operations round Australia.
SHATTERED SKY, the second book, which recently won the Romantic Book of the Year 2012, is set in the world of the Outlawed Motorcycle gangs and organised crime. These first two books were also awarded the Favourite Romantic Suspense novels by the Australian Romance Readers Association in 2010 and 2011 respectively.
BURNING LIES, the final Border Watch book, was released in July 2012 by Penguin Australia. A passionate love story, it’s set on the Atherton Tablelands at the height of bushfire season.
HALF MOON BAY, was released on 22nd May, 2103. SAFE HARBOUR was released in April 2014. These two books won the Australian Romance Readers Award for favourite Romantic Suspense in 2013 and 2014.
Helene's sixth book, NORTHERN HEAT, was released on 27th May, 2015.
Helene has recently stepped down from her work as a senior Check and Training Pilot with Qantaslink flying throughout regional Australia. You’ll now find her sailing the Coral Sea with her husband aboard their catamaran, Roobinesque.
In what other spare time she has left she conducts writing workshops for QWC and schools and other writing organisations.
Helene is available for motivation speaking engagements, school visits or library chats.
Contact her via: www.heleneyoung.com