Helen Goltz


Helen Goltz (or H.M. Goltz) has worked as a journalist, marketer and producer for print and television in Australia for more than twenty years. She lives in Brisbane with her partner, Chris, and furry kid, Atlas.

Smashwords Interview

Tell me a bit about your career history, what did you do before you became an author?
I have worked mainly in journalism and communications for most of my working life. I have worked as editor on a community newspaper and as a magazine editor, publisher, film publicist and I am excited to be a published author.
What's the story behind your latest book?
I have four books out now and they are all quite different. I like to challenge myself to write different genres. "Death by Sugar" which is published by Clan Destine Press is a light-hearted crime story. I love the work of Robert B. Parker especially his Spenser series which is a detective with attitude and written in the first-person. I wanted to try my hand at that. Then I came across a fascinating piece of research about an experiment undertaken on rats using sugar to see if the immune system could be tricked. It is a real experiment and I use it as the basis for one of my crimes in "Death by Sugar". Mind you, I speak about it in layman terms as science was never my best subject. "Autumn Manor" is my historic fiction which I based on an incident that happened in my mother's childhood. I did a lot of research for this book and thankfully the BBC had some wonderful war archives. "Mastermind" is my favourite ... I love a crime thriller and writing the character Mitchell Parker was great fun. I also have a non-fiction 'memoir' out called "From High Heels to Handcuffs" about starting over after divorce. I'm now working on a young adult novel ... trying my hand at that genre.
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Autumn Manor
Price: $3.50 USD. Words: 87,650. Language: English. Published: April 30, 2012. Category: Fiction » Themes & motifs » Family sagas
A man hanged himself in the front room of the now abandoned old mansion; Rachael Price, along with everyone in the village, knew the story. But that was a long time ago. Carrie Howell, dressed in her Sunday-best, asks her granddaughter, Rachael, to stop a while in front of the rambling old home —Autumn Manor. But what is Carrie's connection to this 'haunted house'? Who owns Autumn Manor now?
Mastermind — A Mitchell Parker Thriller
Price: $3.50 USD. Words: 116,570. Language: English. Published: April 29, 2011. Category: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
A plane full of gold is about to disappear from the sky, the Russian Faberge Eggs are soon to go missing from the Louvre...a web site inviting players to mastermind the perfect crime is a façade for a real-life competition to perform the perfect crime. Agent Mitchell Parker and his team span the globe to prevent the crimes before they happen. Washington, Paris, London … the clock is on!
From High Heels to Handcuffs
Price: $3.50 USD. Words: 49,470. Language: English. Published: April 28, 2011. Category: Nonfiction » Self-improvement » Emotional healing
What makes a girl throw away a six-figure salary and a marketing career to become a police cadet? A) A mid-life crisis? B) A failing marriage? C) The search to reignite her passion for life? D) All of the above? For the author, Helen, it was ‘D’, all of the above. From High Heels to Handcuffs is for anybody who has ever lost their footing in this world and wondered, “can I start again?”

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