Beloved Mercenary

Beloved Mercenary

by Helen R. Myers

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ISBN-13: 9781459266681
Publisher: Harlequin
Publication date: 07/15/2011
Series: Silhouette Special Edition Series
Sold by: HARLEQUIN
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 396 KB

About the Author

As arrivals go, Helen's was premature and dramatic. Born six weeks early, on November 13 in Irvington, New Jersey, she was feet first and a "blue baby." She's been wearing layered clothing to warm up and fighting for her "voice" ever since. Although a Yankee by birth, she's lived in Texas for over half of her life, having moved there in 1972. She initially settled in the Dallas area when she married Robert on December 14, 1974; but they knew they wanted to escape the Yuppie lifestyle and become landowners rather than slab concrete custodians for a mortgage company. Sadly, their first acreage was snatched up by Dow Chemical, who began strip-mining parts of southeast Texas.

However, this proved true to the theory that things often occur for the best. They were led to northeast Texas, to the Piney Woods, where they ended up with 80 acres they now call Crooked Pine Ranch. Helen discovered the power of the word as early as the second grade when a class assignment to write a poem triggered her imagination. To her chagrin, her poem was not displayed for the all-important parent-teacher night; nevertheless, it triggered a "fire in the belly" that has kept her writing, eventually gaining her an honorable mention in Writer's Digest's 1981 national poetry contest.

Then, on Halloween five years later, while elbow deep in paint, she received that all-important phone call from Isabel Swift, then Silhouette's editorial coordinator, who said that Silhouette wanted Partners for Life for its Desire line. Partners would go on to earn Helen her first Golden Medallion (now known as the RITA) nomination. She would receive two more RITA Award nominations, winning in 1993 for another Silhouette Desire novel, Navarrone.

Today, Helen credits her training in Silhouette's various series for honing her skills and teaching her discipline. "There's nothing quite like having to finish a book at 4 a.m. Christmas Day before heading out of town, and keeping the momentum of your writing career going while you adjust to eight different editors to teach you flexibility and perseverance."

And her track record is impressive. "My interests are varied," she acknowledges, "and writing for the different lines allowed me to get some things out of my system and to discover what suited me best, even though it could have cost me readers." On the contrary, Helen, whose books can be found in over 25 countries, has been regularly on the Waldenbooks, B. Dalton, and USA Today bestseller lists.

Helen is also unique in that she is more retiring than the average romance writer. She acknowledges that her love of privacy gives her more in common with writers of other genres, which is not to suggest that she isn't visible. A featured author at the increasingly renowned Texas Book Festival in 1999, where she met soon-to-be First Lady Laura Bush, Helen continues to make appearances to promote her books.

She explains, "I prefer to make myself accessible for as many one-on-one encounters with readers as possible." Her readers tend to like to discuss story and issues, and are often put off by large events. "And that's enormously draining," she adds. "On the other hand, it creates a word-of-mouth momentum that's proving quite powerful." Like most increasingly successful writers, she notes, "I'll just have to line up for one of those clones scientists are working on."

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