Romance in the Air
“HOW does she do it?” This is the question being asked by readers of local author Helen West’s growing list of rural romance novels.
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With some four books published online in little over a year and a few more in the pipeline, her output seems prolific but if we look behind the scenes of the Oxley Crossing series, a very different story emerges.
The former Tanilba Bay teacher has a rural background and for years travelled the outback as a ‘grey nomad’ in a campervan with husband Darryl.
“Darryl loves to explore on foot the bush tracks, mountains trails and valleys of our wide brown land,” she said. “This left me alone at times and it was the perfect situation in which to gather my thoughts and write,” she added.
“I’d start writing a book and then put it away while the storyline developed in my mind” she mused.”
“Meanwhile, another idea for a novel would develop so I’d start working on it as well,” she added.
Now retired to Tanilba Bay, Helen, writing as Lena West, has the time to finish off her books, polish up the manuscripts, and publish.
“I’m a member of ‘Romance Writers of Australia’ and have attended live-in workshops and writers’ festivals which have given me the skills and confidence to self publish,”she said.
So girls, if you want to escape the cares of the world and ride off into the sunset with that tall,dark silent stockman of your dreams, Oxley Crossing might just be the place to start. Simply Google ‘ lena west author,’ navigate your way around Lena’s (Helen’s) site and away you go! Oh! The books all have happy endings. Keep some tissues on hand for the last few pages.