ABOUT

I’m a poet/playwright/novelist/essayist. I also edit for other writers. (See my editing page for more details.)

I write or edit every day. For an entire year, I wrote a weekly column called Fight this Hate for ROAR: Literature and Revolution by Feminist People. All my clips were available, but ROAR is no longer in existence and their website is “under construction.”

I write poetry. I’m thrilled that Launch Point Press plans to publish several collections, beginning with Desire Returns for a Visit, November 2018. The book launch party will take place in Portland, Oregon on November 11. I’ll be uploading videos of me reading poems from the collection on youtube. Watch for it!

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 write other things as well. 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.

Book Three, A Valley of Fear, where Shirley and Mary will meet up with Dr. James Moriarty, is in progress.

Till Darkness Comes is a lesbian thriller. Chelsea Cain loves it. I hope you will too! A sequel is in the works.

I’m on Twitter @dehelen, and Instagram at dehelen. Find me on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/SandradeHelenAuthor/ or https://www.facebook.com/redcrested/

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.