Just published my first novel, Diary of a 99%-er: The Struggle Between Survival and Creative Expression, set against the backdrop of beautiful OC.
I am a journalist and author. I reported on an investigative series on the squeezing of the middle class and then started feeling squeezed herself, when during the recession I lost my full-time writing job and had to cobble together several part-time jobs.
I started writing down several fictional, humorous anecdotes about what it’s like to live as one of the 99%, (those of us who work for a living)… never imagining that someday they would be woven together in my first novel.
I have lived this yin-and-yang struggle between making money and creative expression, the struggle that is so indicative of Western culture. By choosing to become a journalist professionally, I chose a career that is not all about the money, but about sharing, communicating, informing and entertaining. I believe in journalism as the fourth estate, in terms of essential checks and balances, and as an imperative linchpin of freedom of speech.
While I am not an Orange County native, I became so enamored with the natural beauty of OC that I infused the book with a lot of the gorgeous places we are blessed with here, like Laguna Beach and the Dana Point harbor.
While writing this book, I became a yoga teacher to deepen my own practice and share my passion for yoga with others. As a result, one of the themes of the book is yoga.
I also have a deep spiritual practice, so the book is imbued with spirituality. Inspirational quotes are at the start of each chapter.
Ultimately, I hope to inspire and entertain my fellow 99%-ers, and show them, “You are not alone!” I also want to encourage people to follow their creative dreams, despite the enormous amount of time Americans are expected to spend at work and the financial pressure of trying to make ends meet, especially living in such affluent locales as OC.
Name: D. Helene
Lives in: Irvine, California
Occupation: Author, Actor and Dancer
Unique traits: funny, inquisitive, reflective, spiritual, passionate, questioner of prevailing paradigms
3rd place in Global e-Book Awards in: Fiction: Spiritual/Metaphysical category