I am the writer of the 'Secret Breakers' six book series and the 'River of Ink' quartet, both published by Hodder Children's Books in the UK.
I was born in Brighton, England, and worked for twenty years as a junior school teacher. I write full time now but enjoy keeping up to date with young readers by making school visits, where I run code-cracking and creative writing sessions.
My books aim to tackle big questions...for example the 'River of Ink' series was inspired by the question: is it good to want to live forever?
As a student I worked at two schools for deaf children as well as Brighton Deaf Centre. One of the main characters in 'River of Ink' is a deaf boy who uses BSL, and it is important to me that his character is strong, funny and integral to the plot and emotional arc of the story.
I wrote 'Secret Breakers' under the name H L Dennis, and this series looks at secrets, codes and global conspiracies to protect the truth. I hope all my books are full of action and adventure and can be enjoyed by boys and girl or all ages!
'River of Ink: Genesis' was chosen as a BookBuzz book by Book Trust for 2016 and 'Secret Breakers: The Knights of Neustria' was nominated for the Carnegie Medal.
I live with my husband and daughter in a house at the bottom of the Downs on the Sussex coast in Eastbourne and am always on the lookout for new stories!
Find out more at www.helendennisbooks.com and enter the world of the Secret Breakers at www.hldennis.com
Details about teacher resources, downloadable extras and school visits are all available.
Keep up to date with breaking news via HLDennis Facebook page or @HLDennisauthor on Twitter
Arrange School or Festival author visits via www.authorsaloud.com
I am represented by Veronique Baxter at David Higham Associates.