Helen is an award-winning Australian writer, with her poems and essays published in national newspapers and magazines, anthologies and on-line. Promising Azra is her first novel. To support its completion, this project was awarded a mentorship from the NSW Childrens’ Book Council of Australia, as well as two residential fellowships. Her day jobs have included political staffer, public relations consultant, teacher of the Alexander Technique, and business furniture sales and marketing. She has lived in Australia, Brazil and Britain.