Jane Bettany and Helen Yendall didn’t take the direct route to novel writing. They’d been writing short stories for women’s magazines for over twenty years before success in writing competitions propelled them into exciting new careers as novelists.

They’re both now published by HQ (Harper Collins). Jane writes the DI Isabel Blood crime series –’In Cold Blood’ and ‘Without a Trace’ (with a third book in the series due to be released in 2022). Helen’s novels are set in the 1940s. Her debut is ‘A Wartime Secret’ and her second novel will be published in the autumn.

Helen and Jane will be talking about their writing journeys, the inspiration for their books and the competition wins that launched their novel-writing success.