Helen Claire Gould finally sat down to work full-time on her novel Floodtide as therapy after being plagued by ill health.
By that time the geologist had a lot of information to draw on, including a spell mapping in layers for Anglian Water’s geographical information system.
As well as providing useful information for her novel, Helen says geology offers a different way of visualising a story.
The varied layers of her life have also provided a rich seam of experience for Helen to mine for her workshops.
The monthly workshops in Spalding will cover aspects of writing fiction as well as several self-publishing topics.
Helen has also started a monthly prose fiction reading night at The Draper’s Arms pub in Peterborough, called Peterborough Fiction Fix. The next one is December 4 (8pm).
Helen gave one of the science talks at the annual science fiction convention Novacon earlier this month. She spoke about asteroids, comets and meteorites, followed by a practical geology workshop, and was on a panel with writer Juliet McKenna discussing whether people can be taught to write.