I write every day. I write a weekly column called Fight this Hate for ROAR: Literature and Revolution by Feminist People. A separate page on this website contains all my clips.

I write thrillers and mystery novels. (Book links here.)

I write plays because I enjoy collaboration. Nothing is more fun than theater, IMHO. But because it has become more difficult to get produced (readings are more common these days), I turned to writing mysteries. I also write poetry, like both my parents did. You can see announcements about my readings and productions here.

As a lifelong fan of Sherlock Holmes and a writer since the age of ten, sooner or later I was bound to come up with this idea: I created a female version of Sherlock and his sidekick, Dr. Watson. My characters are Shirley Combs (say it fast) and the naturopath Dr. Mary Watson. They live and work in Portland, Oregon, as do I. Shirley is asexual, like the original Sherlock, and Mary thinks she is as well, until the second book when she falls in love with her realtor, Beth.

I’m writing Book Three, A Valley of Fear, where Shirley and Mary will meet up with Dr. James Moriarty.

My blog is Red Crested Author and I have a Tumblr where I post photos and an occasional poem. I’m also on Twitter @dehelen, and Instagram at dehelen.

I’m happy to answer questions about my work or to tell you anything I know about almost anything.

There are free monologs here to download, excerpts from my longer plays, as well as from the novels. Links to buy sites.