Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Joan Hessayon Award contender 2016: Helen J Rolfe

Today we welcome Helen J Rolfe, another of the talented contenders for this year's Joan Hessayon Award and graduate of the RNA New Writers' Scheme. Thank you for answering our questions, Helen.

How long have you been writing? Is this your first published piece?
I have been writing fiction since 2011. My first novel was very much a practice and is still lurking somewhere in the bottom drawer! The Friendship Tree was the second novel I wrote.

How many years were you a member of the NWS and did you submit a manuscript each year?
I joined the NWS in 2012 and submitted a manuscript each year.

What came first, agent or publisher?

How did you find your publisher?
Crooked Cat opened for submissions in April 2014 and I submitted my manuscript.

Do you have a contract for one book or more?
I had a single book contract and chose to indie publish the two books I wrote after The Friendship Tree.

When was your book published?
February 2015.

Tell us something about your book
Tamara Harding left the UK to join family in Australia, but more importantly, to put ten thousand miles between her and her ex, Bradley Cox. She is drawn into the small community of Brewer Creek where she becomes the coordinator for an old fashioned Friendship Tree – a chart telling people who they can call on in times of trouble. As she vows to start over, she meets Jake Manning – and life gets more complicated than she could ever have imagined. When danger descends on Brewer Creek, the Friendship Tree unites the entire town.

What are you currently working on?
I’m starting edits for my fourth novel and have just finished the first draft for novel number five.

What piece of advice would you give current members of the NWS?
To keep going and always believe in yourself.


Thank you, Helen, we hope you have a fabulous evening at the RNA Summer Party and good luck with your writing career.

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Elaine Everest & Natalie Kleinman


Helen J Rolfe said...

Many thanks to Elaine Everest & Natalie Kleinman for inviting me to the blog today.
I look forward to seeing lots of you at the Summer Party later this month!
Helen J Rolfe.

spabbygirl lynne said...

I've read The Friendship Tree and its a fab book! I'm sure the judges will think so too!

Julie Vince said...

The Friendship Tree sounds fab, hope you have a lovely time at the Summer Party and congratulations at being a Joan Hessayon Contender. Julie x


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