Helen Summer is an author living in Christchurch, Dorset. She started writing in 1997, initially writing children's stories and short stories aimed at the women's magazine market.
Following several rejections, Helen embarked on the Writers' Bureau correspondence course, and soon started getting articles and letters published in magazines and newspapers, including a commission from the Spectator. She was also successful with short story and poetry competitions and became the Press Officer of the athletic club where she coached and the Dyslexia Institute for whom she worked at that time.
Helen then joined the Romantic Novelists Association as an associate member and wrote three full-length romcoms, the third of which passed successfully through their New Writers' Scheme.
She'd just written the first three chapters of her next romcom when fate intervened and introduced her to a publisher at a half-marathon race in Majorca. That publisher turned out to be John Blake and it was he who invited Helen to write a book about people who'd run over 100 marathons, giving Helen the chance to combine her love of writing with her life-long love of running.
That book turned into ‘Running Crazy' and was published by John Blake Publishing on 5 March 2012. The following year it was released in the States and has sold several thousand copies.
Helen's second book, ‘Mental!' (also published by John Blake), details over 60 of the most extreme sporting challenges around the world and includes personal stories from some of the competitors, offering massive highs and excruciating lows, and shows just what can be achieved in pushing the bounds of human endeavour. ‘Mental!' was published in July 2014 and was re-launched in January 2016 as 'Are You Tough Enough?'
Both books are available through Amazon and from all good book stores.
Helen also writes for several running publications as well as the Food & Drink Guide and gives talks on writing and running, in bookstores, libraries, sports shops and health & running clubs across the country.
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