Romance writer Helene Young will be flying into Coffs Harbour on Tuesday.
Romance writer Helene Young will be flying into Coffs Harbour on Tuesday. CONTRIBUTED

A touch of romance from Young

AWARD winning romantic mystery writer and pilot Helene Young will be flying into Coffs Harbour Library from her home in Cairns on Tuesday for the latest National year of Reading event.

"The National year of Reading 2012 is keeping us all busy!" she says.

"I'm a 'friend' of this initiative and also a Champion which means I'll be involved with the libraries in and around Cairns to promote reading and literacy.

"As a child I took books and the ability to read for granted. It's sad to think so many people in our society struggle with literacy."

Helene has managed to combine her passion for writing and her job as a senior check and training Captain with Australia's largest regional airline into the award-winning 'Border Watch' series, which focuses on coastal air surveillance operations around Australia.

Helene first got the idea for the popular series when she stumbled upon a body washed up on the beach near her hometown of Cairns. While Helene notes there was nothing sinister in this discovery, it did get her thinking about the terrorist threat to Australia and so the idea for her romantic-suspense series was born.

Helene flies with crews who have flown with Surveillance Australia and she has drawn on their experiences to create her realistic characters and scenarios.

Helene has been nominated for and won many awards for her writing, most notably winning Australian Romantic Book of the Year in 2011 for 'Wings of Fear', the first book in the 'Border Watch' series.

The evening with Helene starts at 5.30pm and is FREE.

Bookings are recommended as seats are limited. Contact the library on 6648 4900 to secure your place.



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