Local Writer Releases Debut Novel; “Beginnings”
Helen J. Christmas has recently published her debut Novel, a fast paced thriller set in 1970s London.
‘Beginnings’ is the first book in a series of novels, titled ‘Same Face Different Place’ which promises to become a deeply moving saga, set across 4 decades of life in Britain, containing powerful story lines and characters throughout. Details of the first book along with others in the series can be found on the website: www.samefacedifferentplace.co.uk which includes links to the first book, now available in paperback on Amazon.com and in Kindle format.
The story begins in 1972 when 16 year old Eleanor Chapman discovers her father is involved in the criminal underworld, under the employment of an East End crime boss. But when he is forced to go on the run, to escape the violent revenge of a rival gang leader, Eleanor is left in the hands of guardians, who later betray her by forcing her into prostitution. Desperate to escape, Eleanor then stumbles across another prisoner who she rescues from an imminent contract killing.
Chased across London by the same feared gang leader who has threatened her father, Eleanor and her accomplice, Jake (a Dutch-born musician) eventually go into hiding. But she is curious to know why Jake’s life is under threat. As he gradually reveals his own story – that he was the one witness to a suspicious event, moments before a British politician was killed in a car bomb explosion – it becomes apparent that they have now both been unwittingly drawn into a sinister conspiracy.
‘Beginnings’ is an intense thriller but also a love story.
The author explains: “When I wrote this story, I tried to put myself into the minds of my characters so I could depict the events through their eyes. In doing so I have attempted to touch all human emotion from fear and love, as well as grief and hate. The story contains many twists so readers should definitely expect the unexpected. But this is just the first story in the saga.
Helen is currently writing her second book of the series ‘Visions’ which takes place in the 1980s, a psychological thriller centred around the restoration of a country house in rural Kent (due out soon.)
About the Author
Sussex born Helen Christmas is a Bognor resident. She has been writing stories and novels, on and off throughout her entire life and has always dreamed of becoming an author.
She has worked in marketing and design for the past 20 years but since 1998, has enjoyed working from home with her husband Peter, running their own successful web design business, Cottagewebs, which they started in 1998.