Perthshire People: Helen Grant – Shetland Noir 2015 Winner

January 27, 2016 by Perthshire Creates

A belated ‘Congratulations’ to Crieff based author Helen Grant for winning the Jimmy Perez Trophy, a short story writing competition run by Shetland Arts at the Shetland Noir book festival in Lerwick in November 2015.

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Helen’s winning story ‘The Beach House’ cleverly incorporates the necessary criteria within 500 – 1000 words.  Criteria which asks for at least one corpse (or part thereof), one darkened room, at least one Nordic reference, blood, the misuse of one kitchen utensil and an unanswered phone!  Intrigued?  You can read Helen’s winning story The Beach House which is currently available on her Blog.

Helen’s lifelong love of ghost stories and crime fiction is evident throughout her many published titles.  Known for writing brilliant tense and gripping novels, her books fit the ‘Young Adult Thriller’ genre and are enjoyed by teens and adults alike.  Her Shetland Noir winning story ‘The Beach House’, is set in Sweden and Helen’s kindly shared these holiday images she captured which inspired her writing, including the famous bridge between Denmark and Sweden, well known from the crime series The Bridge!

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Helen Gant Bridge image

Writing books was an early ambition for Helen who knew from her Primary School years that she wanted to be an author.  Writing short stories, poems and travel diaries fitted in with everyday life, until 2003 when circumstances allowed for an opportunity to start writing.  Helen has since had several stories and books published including her latest novel ‘Urban Legends’, the final book in her ‘Forbidden Spaces’ trilogy.

To find out more about Helen’s writing, her inspirations, her process and places of interest have a look at the Q & A Section on her website and details of her published books can also be found on Helen Grant’s website.

More information about Shetland Noir writing competition can be found on the Shetland Arts website