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.
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.