First things first – word count report!
Last week’s word count: 42780
Current word count: 46120
From what I calculate, I’m on track to reach my goal of 60K words by the end of June.  I have to admit, it’s been a bit slow going some days, barely squeezing out 300 words.  I had a chapter that I had a lot of trouble with, and it took me 3 days to finish it.  It was a fairly pivotal scene and I hadn’t quite worked it out in my head how it was going to go (which usually I do).  Well, I’m past that now and the words are flowing a little better.
So, what am I writing? I’m writing a Christian Young Adult fiction novel about a girl named Lila.  She’s a sixteen year old country girl who moves to the city to finish her senior school years (in Australia, these are years 11 and 12).  I’ve done the move myself – from country to city – when I was a little older than Lila.  I was amazed by the vast difference between the two lifestyles, and always thought it would make a fascinating basis for a story.
The style is a little chick-lit with a fairly strong romantic element.  Well, that’s how it’s coming out so far! I’ve um-ed and ah-ed about how much romance is actually going to be in it.  It may turn out full on YA Romance yet.  
I’m also unsure yet as to strength and direction of the Christian element.  The characters in the book vary from occasional to regular church attenders, who also vary in the strength of their faith.  I’m still working this all out because the last thing I want is to make things preachy.  Something I’m sure all Christian fiction writers struggle to balance! 
I never know how much I should let on about my story – this is certainly the most I’ve divulged online 🙂  I hope it sounds half interesting!

Helen’s favourite genre is historical fiction with a strong romantic element.  She also enjoys contemporary romance, chick-lit and YA.  She’s not caught up in the spell of fantasy fiction, despite The Faraway Tree series being a strong influence in her childhood.
Helen is currently working on her first book, a Christian young adult novel set between two opposite but equally fascinating places in Australia.