Ever since she was a book-loving young girl, Helen Cullen wanted to be an author. However, as she got older, the idea became more intimidating and the path appeared less clear cut.

“I think I had this idea that real writers were born and not made. That if it was something I was meant to do, it would have just happened automatically. That it wouldn’t feel so hard for me to get started and I wouldn’t struggle with it. So it took me a long time to get going and in the end, it was only the fear of never trying to write something that overcame the fear of not being able to do it.”