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Helen Bianchin

New Zealand

Helen was born on February 20 in New Zealand, where she grew up, an only child possessed by a vivid imagination and a love for reading. She wrotestories for amusement in her early teenage years, and when she left leaving school, she took a secretarial job at a father-and-son legal firm.

At age twenty-one Helen joined a girlfriend and embarked on a workingholiday in Australia, travelling via cruise ship from Auckland to Melbourne.Alas, no shipboard romance, as she spent all four days in her cabin suffering from sea-sickness! After fifteen months working in Melbourne,Helen and her friend bought a vehicle and took three months to drive the length and breadth of Australia, choosing to work in Cairns in order to fundthe final leg of our journey to Sydney.

It was in Cairns that Helen met her future husband, Danilo Bianchin, an Italian immigrant from Treviso. He was a tobacco sharefarmer from thetobacco farming community of Mareeba. His English was pitiful, and hercommand of Italian was nil. Six months later they married, and Helen wasflung into cooking for up to nine tobacco pickers, stringing tobacco,feeding 200 chickens, a few turkeys, ducks... plus killing, cleaning andcooking the same! Her knowledge of Italian improved, and there werehilarious moments in retrospect. Some of what she endured was cooking on awood-burning stove, having no running hot water, a primitive shower andtoilet facilities, washing uniforms for two soccer teams during the soccerseason... floods, horrendous hailstone damage to tobacco crops, hardship,and the stillbirth of their first child. Then, to their joy, Helen'sdaughter, Lucia, was born. Three years later the couple returned to NewZealand, where they settled for sixteen years. During those early years,they added two sons, Angelo and Peter, to the family.

With multiple anecdotes of farm life in an Italian community to friends, theidea of writing a book occurred. A romance, set on a tobacco farm inAustralia's far north, Queensland, featuring an Italian hero. Helen says,"the background was authentic, believe me!" However the hero was rich andowned the farm artistic license! It took her a year to complete a passablemanuscript, typed on a portable typewriter at the dining room table. Thatfirst effort was deemed too short with insufficient detail. Helen rewroteit. This time it was considered too long with too much extraneous detail.She revised, then sent it to London. Four months later she received atelegram from Alan Boon (Mills & Boon) to say they intended to publish and acontract would be sent in the mail. It was the most wonderful news!

Helen wrote ten more books while living in New Zealand, then in 1981, herfamily resettled in Australia, on Queensland's Gold Coast. She has sincepublished twenty-five more books. Today, with computer technology, themechanics of writing are much easier. However, the writing process doesn'tchange. Helen says that she's having a good day if she can achieve 5 goodpages, which she is likely to change, edit and rewrite the following day.

She loves creating characters, giving them life and providing a situationwhere their emotions are tested and love wins out. For her, the greatestpraise is for a reader to say they couldn't put the book down... then Helenknows that she has achieved what she set out to do -- "create a movingenjoyable story which holds the reader entertained from beginning to end."

Helen's hobbies are tennis, table-tennis, judo, reading. She loves movies,and leads an active social life.

Genres: Romance
   Romance on Holiday (1983) (with Vanessa James (Sally Beauman), Carole Mortimer and Celia Scott)
   Avenging Angel / Sown in the Wind / Cruise to a Wedding (1985) (with Jean S MacLeod and Betty Neels)
   Forgive and Forget (1998) (with Helen Brooks and Emma Goldrick)
   The Australians (2000) (with Miranda Lee and Margaret Way)
   Arabian Nights (2000) (with Lynne Graham and Sara Wood)
   The Greek Tycoons (2001) (with Lynne Graham and Michelle Reid)
   Weddings Down Under (2001) (with Jessica Hart and Margaret Way)
   Wedding Countdown (2002) (with Liz Fielding and Kim Lawrence)
   Australian Playboys (2003) (with Marion Lennox and Margaret Way)
   Coming Home for Christmas (2003) (with Lucy Gordon and Rebecca Winters)
   Claiming His Mistress (2004) (with Lucy Gordon and Sharon Kendrick)
   Forgotten Husband / Desert Mistress (2004)
   A Convenient Proposal (2004) (with Lucy Gordon and Kate Walker)
   Coming Home (2004) (with Lucy Gordon and Rebecca Winters)
   His Boardroom Mistress (2005) (with Sandra Marton and Cathy Williams)
   Her Greek Millionaire (2005) (with Helen Brooks and Sara Wood)
   Willing Heart / Ideal Marriage? (2005)
   Convenient Weddings (2006) (with Jacqueline Baird and Kathryn Ross)
   Latin Affairs (2006) (with Sharon Kendrick and Kathryn Ross)
   A Bundle of Brides (2007) (with Susan Stephens and Kay Thorpe)
   Gorgeous Greeks (2007) (with Julia James)
   One-Click Buy: October Harlequin Presents (2007) (with Maggie Cox, Sara Craven, Robyn Donald, Julia James and Sandra Marton)
   Pregnant Proposals (2007) (with Sandra Field and Sharon Kendrick)
   Tall, Dark and Sexy (2008) (with Caroline Anderson and Margaret Way)
   Their Wedding Deal (2008)
   One-Click Buy: April 2008 Harlequin Presents (2008) (with Sandra Field, Julia James, Sharon Kendrick, Melanie Milburne and Jane Porter)
   Jet-Set Tycoons (2008) (with Lilian Darcy and Julia James)
   Ruthless (2009) (with Emma Darcy and Miranda Lee)
   Bought Brides (2009)
   One-Click Buy: April 2010 Harlequin Presents (2010) (with Jacqueline Baird, Kate Hewitt, Carol Marinelli, Anne Mather and Melanie Milburne)
   Convenient Possession (2010)
   One-Click Buy: September 2010 (2010) (with Emma Darcy, Penny Jordan, Sharon Kendrick, Anne McAllister and Sarah Morgan)
   Happy Christmas Love Mills & Boon (2010) (with Lucy Gordon, Sharon Kendrick, Susan Stephens and Linda Turner)
   Australian Bachelors: Masterful Magnates (2011) (with Emma Darcy and Miranda Lee)
   Sweet Revenge (2011) (with Green Abbey and Jacqueline Baird)
   Hot Nights With the Italian (2012) (with Sara Craven and Lucy Gordon)
   Six Greek Heroes (2014) (with Lynne Graham, Anne McAllister, Melanie Milburne, Lucy Monroe and Cathy Williams)
   The Italians: Alessandro, Luca & Dizo (2015) (with Kim Lawrence and Rebecca Winters)
   The Italians: Cristiano, Vittorio & Dario (2015) (with Natalie Anderson, Amy Andrews, Sara Craven, Katherine Garbera, Kate Hardy, Christina Hollis, Kim Lawrence, Sarah Morgan, Susan Napier, Jane Porter, Chantelle Shaw, Annie West and Rebecca Winters)
     aka The Italians Collection
   The Helen Bianchin Collection (2016)
   Regency Scoundrels And Scandals (2016) (with Louise Allen, Anna Campbell and Julia London)
   Alexei's Passionate Revenge / A Tycoon to be Reckoned With (2016) (with Julia James)
   Greek's Pride (2016)
   Marriage Of Convenience (2016) (with Caitlin Crews)
   Seduction Assignment (2016)
   Alexei's Passionate Revenge / Martinez's Pregnant Wife (2017) (with Rachael Thomas)
   Harlequin Presents January 2018 - Box Set 1 of 2 (2018) (with Kate Hewitt, Jane Porter and Rachael Thomas)
   Modern Romance Collection: January 2018 Books 1 -4 (2018) (with Dani Collins, Caitlin Crews and Melanie Milburne)
   Greek Tycoon Collection (2018) (with Carol Marinelli and Cathy Williams)
   Island Escapes: Hawaiian Nights (2021) (with Nina Singh and Scarlet Wilson)
   The Island Escapes Collection (2021) (with Natalie Anderson, A C Arthur, Jules Bennett, Fiona Brand, Niobia Bryant, Susanna Carr, Maureen Child, Marion Lennox, Sue MacKay, Monica Richardson, Joanne Rock, Nina Singh and Scarlet Wilson)
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