Western Australian born Helen Iles has been writing fiction since primary school, her Grade Seven teacher encouraging her to take it seriously, which she finally did in the ‘80s. As a mother of three, and in between running and training a stable full of horses, and teaching Equine Management courses at TAFE, she penned the first drafts of her much-later-to-be-released novels - Bitter Comes the Storm, Dark Secrets, Whistling Gums and the Horse Keepers.
Then Life encroached on her dream of being a full-time writer as, from her role of managing and training mounted search teams for the State Emergency Service (SES), she was approached by the Training Academy to write training materials for the SES. This role lasted fifteen years, and now, happily retired, she has returned to her life as a writer, often weaving her life experience in the emergency services into her stories.
Bitter Comes the Storm was released in 2017.
Fire in the Heartland was released in 2018
The Horse Keepers was released in 2019.
Whistling Gums, now retitled A Call to Sarah, was placed third in an international mystery writers’ competition and is now being re-edited, as is Dark Secrets, for a 2020 release date.
She has won many awards for her short stories, articles and poetry, which have been compiled into a collection of works titled Indelible Ink, released in 2018.