Fantasy has become reality for a Morecambe nurse whose dream to become a published author is finally coming true.
Helen Duncan, or Frion Farrell to use the name she publishes under, has had her first novel published thanks to securing a book deal with the American publisher Word Branch.
The Round Spear is the first in a trilogy of fantasy fiction novels mainly set in Morecambe.
A GP practice nurse in the town for 20 years, Helen is currently Pulmonary and Heart Failure Rehabilitation Team Leader and part of the clinical improvement team at Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.
She has been harbouring a dream to have her novel published throughout her NHS career in Morecambe.
But it’s only in the last two years when she has been able to reduce the hours she works that Helen has finished the book she first started all those years ago.
Helen said: “Writing has been something I have always loved and I feel so lucky to have found a publisher who believes in me and is willing to invest in my work.
“From Morecambe Bay to the fells of the Lake District and the Yorkshire Dales, the North of England has been a real inspiration to me and I have used these fabulous surroundings to locate much of the first book of the Myriar Trilogy.”
Born in Ireland but raised in Manchester, Helen has lived in Carnforth for 21 years whilst working for Blackpool Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.
Helen said: “Before nursing I gained a degree in English so have always been interested in literature.
“My work as a nurse though has been fundamental. I have been inspired by many incredible people, both colleagues and patients alike.
“Nursing keeps you centred. The focus on human emotions and connections helps me to translate these more easily onto the page.
“Hopefully it also helps the reader to connect, empathise and recognise aspects of the story and the characters.”
Inspired by the works of Orson Scott Card, David Eddings and Alison Croggon, Helen’s first book tells of an ancient and malignant artifact, which is reshaped and hidden in Peru but inadvertently transported to Northern England.
The artifact threatens to make the earth uninhabitable to man.
Helen said: “The book focuses on an evolutionary gift intended for mankind in its earliest history but cruelly prevented from reaching fruition.
“Now there is the possibility to reclaim this gift if the weapon of atrocity can be prevented from reactivating its devastating power.”
Grateful for the experience of reading so many inspiring authors, Helen said her main aspiration is for the book to connect with the individual reader in a way that counts personally for them. And also to feel they might be interested in reading the next one!
The Round Spear is now available on e-reader and paperback on Amazon or Wordbranch and will be out in the shops in February.