More about Helena Johnson…
I was born and bred in the New Forest, where I spent many an hour making camps and playing in the woods, although I didn’t appreciate the true value of it, until I became an adult and moved away.
I now live in North Yorkshire with my husband Steve and my dogs Alfie and Tia, who you can read about on my blog. My son and daughter have flown the nest, giving me more time to write, but my dogs keep me in check and ensure I take plenty of breaks!
I travel all over the beautiful countryside of Yorkshire and the rest of the UK with my husband and dogs, and now they have their own passports, we also spend a few weeks each year, exploring France and Europe in our caravan. I cringe when I mention the word ‘caravan’, because there is always a stigma about them, but I can honestly say that without it, we wouldn’t have discovered so many lovely nooks and crannies or met such nice people.
We also like to trek up mountains, which keeps us fit and the views are stunning. We have done all the highest peaks in the British Isles and more, except for Ben Nevis, as our last trip to Scotland was rained off.
I have always loved writing, but only had the confidence to pursue it more seriously in recent years after one of my children had to cope with cancer. I realised that you have to follow your dreams, before it’s too late.
Inspiration for my writing is all around me, in all the wonderful places we visit and from life experiences. I quite often feel the need to mark a certain occasion or a place that has moved me, with a short story, such as the day I found a message in a bottle, which you can read about in my Coffee ‘n’ Cake Short Stories Book – out now!
In my spare time I like to curl up with a good book and a slice of coffee and walnut cake or practice my photography. I like to take photos of nature and wildlife, particularly close-ups, and have managed to catch a red squirrel, deer and many unusual birds.