VERONICA HELEY started in crime…
and has now happily returned to it.
I've had fifty-nine books published so far, including crime and historical fiction for adults, and many books with a Christian background for children of all ages.
Along the way I've learned all sorts of other skills: how to write playlets for a telephone storyline, storyboards for cartoons, and of course to produce book reviews and articles. In addition I've written a biography of St Paul, while Stories of Everyday Saints has proved a useful resource book for people working with children. Moving into the romance/suspense area, I've written a quartette of books in the Eden Hall series, set in a stately home in the Cotswolds.
Now I'm back to crime with not one but two series. The Ellie Quicke Mysteries reaches its ninth story at the end of this year with Murder in the Park. I am grateful to readers for helping me decide what should happen to Ellie's dreadful daughter Diana in this book. A new series is called The Abbot Agency, in which a domestic agency deals with problems that cannot be taken to the police. The first one, False Charity, came out in the summer of 2007, and will be followed by False Picture in 2008.
I enjoy giving talks and workshops about writing, and served my time on the committee of the Association of Christian Writers. I attend Pitshanger Methodist Church, run their bookstall and am a member of their prayer group. I've been married to a probation officer for forty odd years, and we have one married, musician daughter.
For fun I read anything and everything. I've been a member of a book reading club for over thirty years. I enjoy meeting friends for coffee, I garden, I play patience with real cards…and think about stories I haven't yet had time to write. 2007