Born in England, Helen Pryke went to live in Italy when she was 20. She had to learn the language, the culture, and the Italian way of doing things, all very different from what she was used to. After having two sons, she dedicated herself to her passion for writing. She has also been working for some years as a translator. Walls of Silence is her first novel, inspired by the dark, fascinating side of Italy and her passion for this beautiful, complicated country.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
I don't remember a specific book, I started reading when I was very young! But I loved the Narnia series by C.S. Lewis and I still have all my well-read copies. They influenced my way of thinking, of treating other people, of how I saw others. I didn't really understand the religious concept of the books until I was much older, but I loved reading them and still do.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
I still have a copy of the first story I ever wrote (or at the least the first one that was published!). It was a short story based on the Legend of Sleepy Hollow and was published in the school magazine. I was 10 years old!
Kisses, Suzi: A Short Horror Story
on Oct. 23, 2017
A creepy short story where a GPS falls in love with Jimmie and decides that his girlfriend Brenda is superfluous to their relationship.
Well-written, it will make you think about whether humans rely too much on technology, and where this could lead us! The story revolves around the two characters, and the author has managed to brilliantly develop their personalities, which isn't easy in a short story.