Helena Halme is a Finnish author based in London. Her books include The Englishman, a best-selling romantic novel, which won an Awesome Indies badge on publication. Her other titles include The Navy Wife, a sequel to The Englishman, Coffee and Vodka and The Red King of Helsinki. The Finnish Girl, her latest novella, is a prequel to The Englishman.
Helena grew up in Tampere, central Finland, and moved to the UK via Stockholm and Helsinki. She is the winner of the John Nurmi prize for best thesis on British politics, a former BBC journalist, and has also worked as a magazine editor and a bookseller and, until recently, ran a Finnish/British cultural association in London. Her articles have been published in the CoScan Magazine, The ScanMag and the Finn-Guild Magazine.
After gaining an MA in Creative Writing at Bath Spa University, Helena began to take writing seriously, and is currently working on the fourth book in The Englishman series, The Good Officer. She has recently been appointed Nordic Ambassador, and Publications Manager for The Alliance of Independent Authors. Helena lives in North London with her ex-Navy husband and an old stubborn terrier, called Jerry. She loves Nordic Noir and sings along to Abba songs when no one is around.
Name: Helena Halme
Occupation: Film/theatre Journalist
Unique traits: Tri-lingual: English, Swedish and Finnish.