My story as a writer so far
My name is Helena Brady, and I am a teen writer from Ireland.
I have been writing stories from the age of eight, and I have always dreamed of becoming a published author. I fell in love with reading books at a very young age, so I decided to try and write some stories. I never finished any, however, and always jumped on the next idea before my last one was complete. I never got more than a few pages into a story before I moved onto something new.
At the age of fourteen, I decided I was going to write a novel, and actually finish it. I had my idea, so I worked on developing it into what would eventually become my debut novel. I wasn't happy with the initial idea, however, so over the course of a few months the story idea developed and became what it is today. I then went to work writing and editing the book several times, even nearly rewriting the whole book. But then I was finally happy with what I had written, so I moved onto the next stage- getting it published.
But I couldn't stop writing. My love for the craft had deepened, and I couldn't wait any longer. I had to start writing again. So I wrote two more books while working with my first novel in the background. Then a miracle happened- I got a publishing deal.
To say I was over the moon is an understatement. My dream was coming true. My book was going to be published! The Secrets of the Forest was published on July 31st 2019. You can read about it here.
I am continuing to work on other novels, and hopefully another one will be hitting the shelves very soon!