Life and career
Born in Walthamstow, Hollick worked as a library assistant at a Chingford library for 13 years, during which time she developed a passion for Dark Age history and King Arthur. She wrote her Arthurian trilogy, which was accepted for publication by Heinemann three days after her 40th birthday in 1993.
Previously she had published a children's personal safety book, Come and Tell Me, a story she had written for her daughter when she was 3. "I wanted to tell her how to keep safe in a clear and simple manner — with a message that could be easily remembered," Hollick wrote on her web site. "'Always come and tell me before you go anywhere with anyone' fitted nicely." Her story became an official safety book of the British Home Office for use nationwide by police and schools. An updated and revised version of the book has been published by Happy Cat Books. but is now out of print.
Until 2013 Hollick lived in Walthamstow with her husband, Ron, who is retired, and adult daughter, Kathy. Early in January 2013 the family moved to North Devon, taking the opportunity to leave London for a quieter rural lifestyle. In a review of King Harold, Cliff Moore wrote in the Dorset Evening Echo, "What is most inspiring about Hollick is that she can produce such a mammoth book from a household where she is the only reader — her daughter suffers from severe dyslexia."
She is a member of the Society of Authors. As of early 2006, she was involved in the pre-production of the proposed movie 1066 as story consultant and co-script writer. In 2007 she decided to independently publish her UK novels and went with a UK-based Indie company, which in 2011 went into liquidation. She moved to SilverWood Books UK (indie/assisted book publisher) In 2009 Hollick was approached by Sourcebooks Inc, a mainstream US/Canada publisher with the view to publishing her entire Historical Fiction list. Hollick is currently working on her next novel.
The Pendragon's Banner trilogy
The Sea Witch Series
Pirate-based historical fantasy novels for adults (published by SilverWood Books 2011) swashbuckling adventure that you'll love to pieces of eight!
- Sea Witch Being the first voyage of Captain Jesamiah Acorne (2006) (new edition 2011)
- Pirate Code The second voyage of Captain Jesamiah Acorne (2007) (new edition 2011)
- Bring It Close The third voyage of Captain Jesamiah Acorne (2009) (new edition 2011)
- Ripples In The Sand The fourth voyage of Captain Jesamiah Acorne (2012)
The Saxon Series
(The Lost Kingdom - 1066 Series in the United States)
- Harold the King (published by SilverWood Books 2011) (US - I Am the Chosen King)
- A Hollow Crown (US - The Forever Queen): The Story of Emma, Queen of Saxon England (William Heinemann/Arrow Books 2004)
Other published work
- Come and Tell Me Be Sensible and Safe (published by Happy Cat Books 2002)Out of Print
- Web page titled "Helen Hollick: A brief autobiography" at helenhollick.net, accessed March 16, 2007
- Moore, Cliff, review in Dorset Evening Echo (Weymouth), October 28, 2000, quoted at the author's Web site, HelenHollick.net, accessed March 16, 2007
- Helen Hollick's Official Website Her journal page is updated monthly on the first of the month - all the latest information on her books, excerpts, articles etc. can be found on this website.
- Helen Hollick's publisher
- 1066 the Movie
- Bibliography at Fantastic Fiction
- Towse Harrison meets Helen Hollick
- Brief bio
- Reviews of novels and bio
- Keep to the Code – official Disney fansite launches Sea Witch by Helen Hollick
- Calibre Audio Books – books by Helen Hollick
- Review of Sea Witch