I've been writing fiction on and off since I was a child. I don't know why the idea of writing books so appealed to me, but I still remember that moment of revelation when I first discovered that books didn't appear in the world by magic, but that someone had written them. I suppose I was 6 or 7 at the time, but from there it seemed like only a short step from realising that if "someone" could write them, then so could I.
The first things I actually remember writing were done when I was about 12. By the age of 14 I had become serious and asked my parents for a typewriter for Christmas. Also around this time, I read The Lord of the Rings, which inspired me to abandon the thriller-like things I had been writing and start writing fantasy.
I have written on and off ever since. Writing has been put on hold for all sorts of reasons, such as pressure of work, giving birth to and raising two children and doing a degree with the Open University. But I have always come back to it and writing seems to be something I just have to do, otherwise the story ideas and characters start clogging up my brain and I have to promise to write them in order to get some peace inside my own head. (I've found the stories will form an orderly queue if they think that at some point it will be their turn to see the light of day.)
Below I've set out my modest list of professional sales to date.
|Writing as Helen Kenyon|
|Summer 2003||Binding Space and Time||An over-worked editor gets more involved with a story than he bargained for. (SF)||Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine #7||As this is an Australian magazine, I can now claim to have been published on three continents!|
|Spring 1998||The House in the Hollow||Short story featuring a griddle and some terrorists (fantasy)||Marion Zimmer Bradley's FANTASY magazine #39||My first SF sale. The story is reviewed here...|
|Writing as Margaret Hall|
|June 1988||Sam's First Show||Short story about a rescued pony's first success in a gymkhana.||Pony Magazine||Aimed at children and young teens, this first person story has some comic moments and a happy ending.|
|Home...||Work in progress||Why the pen-name?|