Sean C. Helms
Sean Helms is the author of The Clans Conflict, a work that he started many years ago while still in the U. S. Army and stationed at Fort Ord, California. In a mostly empty barracks at Christmas in 1984, and with nothing better to do to take his mind away from the loneliness he felt at being so far away from family for the first time, he began the first hand written draft of his first novel. Untrained in creative writing he forged ahead with the project, his only teachers being those of whom he had read so many fine books. He believed if they could write entertaining stories then he could as well; everyone has to start somewhere, right? He had always been blessed with a vivid and fertile imagination and he began putting it to good use. The novel ended with 256 hand written pages.
By 1993, Sean had finished the second draft of his novel, this time using a word processing typewriter, which was much easier on the hand! He knew it was still a work in progress, although he allowed a select few to read the manuscript. The Clans Conflict sat for several years, all but forgotten, as he began other projects including a sequel to his first novel as well as a novel pertaining to the Jacobites of Scottish history and their charismatic leader, Bonny Prince Charlie.
In 2010 the creative juices again began to flow and now, armed with an wonderful and sleek, new computer, he returned to writing with a gusto. He bent his mind to editing and writing the final draft of his original novel which ended up growing in volume despite all of the revisions he had undertaken, thanks to the input of those whom he had asked to read the previous draft. He is currently working on The War for Northumbria, a sequel to The Clans Conflict.
Still an avid reader of fantasy, Sean also enjoys submerging himself in works of history, particularly Scottish and Celtic history. Having accumulating a substantial trove of books, many of them read more than once, he has laden bookcases covering much of the walls of his home like a personal library.
Blessed with an loving wife that indulges his ever growing collection of books and medieval weaponry, Sean lives a happy life often escaping every day life and the dull tedium of factory work by reading about fantastical worlds of knights, elves, and dwarves when not busy writing within worlds of his own making.
Sean is further blessed by two grown daughters, a grand daughter, with another on the way; he has two terrific brothers he considers his best friends and great parents that know all his quirks and still love him despite it all.
He lives in rural southeastern Ohio and attends the local Baptist church which much of his family and relatives have gone to all their lives. Proud of his predominately Scottish ancestry, which shades his writing, Sean believes the close knit relationships with his family and kin, and his Christian upbringing have given him the life he has today, while giving all the glory and thanks for whatever talents he has been blessed with to God and His Son, the Savior of the world.
He has one request of those who read his book: and that is to please leave a review of it once you've finished to let others know what you thought of it! Thanks and happy reading!
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The Clans Conflict
by Sean C. Helms
Published: April 6, 2011.
The power struggle for the vacant throne of Scotland escalated what had been a blood feud into open civil war as Gregor, chief of Clan Gregor found himself forced with the duty of kingship, whether he wanted it or not! It would be no easy task as enemies rose up against him, particularly the powerful Duke of Argyll, who would do everything possible to see that the crown never sat upon his head!
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