For about three years now I’ve been following the rising literary fortunes of far north Queensland author and pilot Helene Young. In a commendably short time she’s produced five really good mystery romance novels, drawing themes and characters from every day life in tropical Queensland. It’s a place Helene knows well from her extensive travel as a regional airline pilot, and she has a real gift for vividly portraying its people and places.
Her latest work – Safe Harbour – is set further south, in the Bundaberg region, where friends become lovers against a backdrop of drugs in sport and international crime syndicates. Helene’s previous novels are Half Moon Bay, Burning Lies, Shattered Sky, and Wings of Fear (a.k.a Border Watch).
Her books fit neatly in the enduringly popular “chick-lit” genre, but Helene describes them as “two for the price of one” books – women like the romance, men like the mystery. Helene’s blend of those two ingredients continues to win her awards and readers.
I spoke with Helene Young as she signed copies of Safe Harbour at its Cairns launch at the North Queensland Aero Club.
More about Helene at http://www.heleneyoung.com/