Her writing has attracted two Australian Society of Authors' Mentorships, along with residencies at Varuna Writers' House, Booranga Writers' Centre, and Bundanon. Through her memoir and fiction, she hopes to influence the way people think and feel about topics including troubled youth, pregnancy and birth choices, the hardship of war, and growing up in an immigrant family. Her memoir, Wild Boys: A Parent's Story of Tough Love (UQP, 2015), explores the challenges of 'tough love' from a mother's perspective and offers an intimate insight into reconnecting teenagers with their families and communities. helena is also a songwriter and lyricist and recently completed sixteen songs for 'Lullaby & Lament - A Song Cycle' (her first collaborative work with composer Christopher Purcell). She draws upon her own life experiences and those of others to create emotionally engaging songs that incorporate elements of traditional European and American folk music.
At Bundanon, Helena will be completing an updated draft of 'Yahtzee and the Art of Happiness' - a memoir about pregnancy and birth choices. She will also be developing a new work which explores the complexities of mother-daughter relationships and brings to life a fascinating period of social and cultural history - the German Occupation of Amsterdam during World War Two.