My name is Helen McClory. I’m a writer, book reviewer and ESL teacher, born and educated in Scotland (and Australia for a wee bit). I lived in New York City for a year and a half, though I now live in Edinburgh. I am represented by Drea Cohane of The Rights Factory.
Currently I’m in the drafting/editing stage with my second novel, Dear Friends and Gentle Hearts. The story tackles the immigrant experience, life for Millennials under the current economic crisis, grief, art, and desire in various guises – all sprawled across the big landscapes of the Southern Rockies, the glamourous misery of NYC, and the Cornwall of the main character’s childhood.
An excerpt of Dear Friends and Gentle Hearts appeared in Sundog Lit in October 2012, and a second appeared in 3:AM Magazine in November 2012. You can also read a short interview with me on Smokelong Quarterly.
My first MS, Kilea, the story of a mysterious but sweet-hearted girl growing up under harsh conditions on a Scottish island, was awarded the Unbound Press Best Novel Award (sadly, as Unbound Press has closed down, this link no longer works). A chapter from Kilea appeared in Necessary Fiction in February 2012. Publication is being sought for the novel. Please do get in touch if you’d like to know more.
I review at PANK and The Female Gaze. I love literary fiction and support small presses whenever I can. Review copies are welcome. Please look up my reviews to get a feel for my style and approach to fiction, or read my reader’s manifesto.
Thanks for reading – and if you would like to ask me anything, or would simply enjoy a chat about writing and bookish matters, email me: wheresthebread[@]hotmail.com
I am also on twitter: @HelenMcClory