Helen grew up near Charleston, in the heart of the South Carolina Lowcountry. After receiving her undergraduate degree in English from the College of Charleston (where she found inspiration in Southern writers such as Carson McCullers, William Faulkner and Harper Lee), she raised a family, traveled extensively, and enjoyed a successful career in education. While her experiences over the years exposed her to a rich repository of characters and events, it was her childhood memories of family and friends and the hauntingly beautiful landscape of coastal South Carolina that provided Helen with everything she needed to craft her first novel. The Truthful Story, a work of literary fiction with YA appeal, has won multiple awards since its publication and is a tribute to the land and the people that shaped her life.
Helen's love of storytelling has also branched into independent filmmaking. She teamed with her husband and son to form a production company (www.RushawayPictures.com), and together they have produced four award-winning films. Their latest feature, Virginia Minnesota, was released in 2019.
Helen lives with her husband in Villa Rica, Georgia. Contact her at Helen@helenstine.com and on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.