Helen Vivienne Fletcher wrote her first novel between the ages of thirteen and sixteen. It is, by several accounts, one of the funniest novels ever written. It's just a shame it was supposed to be a psychological thriller. Helen has worked in many jobs, doing everything from theatre stage management to phone counselling. She discovered her passion for writing for children and young people while working as a youth support worker, and now helps children find their own passion for storytelling through her business Brain Bunny Workshops, which runs creative writing holiday programmes and afterschool classes. Helen is the author of four e-picture books for children. She has won and been shortlisted for several writing competitions, including making the shortlist for the 2008 Joy Cowley Award, and in 2012 she was the recipient of the Wellington Children's Book Association New Pacific Studios residency. Her poetry and short stories have appeared in online and print publications, and she regularly performs her spoken word pieces around Wellington. Helen has recently turned her hand to writing for the stage with her first play How to Catch a Grim Reaper, for which she was named outstanding new playwright at the 2015 Wellington Theatre Awards. Overall Helen just loves telling stories, and is always exciting when people want to hear or read them.
"...perfect for teens who want a gritty, edge-of-your-seat story but I also know that adults will love it too. I'd love to see Broken Silence on book awards lists next year as it is certainly a winner with me." - My Best Friends are Books; "This is one of the most nail-biting psychological thrillers I've read in a while. ...the plot was tight, making Broken Silence a tense, dramatic read." - The Sapling; "I love a book that makes me cry. It means that I actually care about the characters. This one did that for me. It definitely kept me guessing as well. I kept jumping around blaming different characters as time went on. I was also quite hooked and read the whole thing basically in two sittings." - Beth, Goodreads Reviewer