About Helen C. Escott
The skillful blending of first-hand police experience with superb storytelling draws fans of Helen C. Escott crime thriller books from the page into the story.
Helen is a retired civilian member of the world-renowned Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) where she served as their Senior Communications Strategist for Newfoundland and Labrador. In her role she was the communications lead on high-profile cases, including the RCMPs response on September 11 after terrorists attacked the World Trade Center in New York City. During her tenure, she wrote and implemented the Atlantic Region Communication Strategies to combat organized crime and outlaw biker gangs, created the Media Relations course and guidebook used by the RCMP, and taught the Media Relations course for senior management and RCMP members at the Canadian Police College, Ottawa. She also served as a communications strategist at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics.
Before joining the RCMP, she worked in the media for thirteen years in various roles, including reporter, on-air personality, and marketing and promotions representative.
Helen C. Escott’s writing career began while recovering from back surgery in 2009 when she started writing a blog for friends and family called, I am Funny Like That. To her surprise, over 22,000 readers flocked to the blog and she decided to self-publish the blog as a book in 2014 which was the same year she retired from the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. “I spent a year promoting it on book selling sites and literally selling it out the back of my truck to recoup the cost. It was an expensive and rewarding adventure,” Helen said.
Helen pulled from her years of working with the RCMP to write her second book, Operation Wormwood. In 2016, she submitted the manuscript to Flanker Publishing. Four weeks later, Helen received a phone call from them not only agreeing to publish Operation Wormwood, her first crime thriller but also wanting the first option for her next four books. Helen recalls, “I was over the moon. I could not stop laughing, crying, shaking, and double checking my phone to make sure they really did call.”
Operation Wormwood was nominated for the Arthur Ellis Award for best First Crime Novel in 2019. Operation Vanished was the Silver Medal Winner for Best Regional Fiction awarded by the 2020 Independent Publisher Book Awards. Both Operation Vanished and Operation Wormwood have appeared in the Atlantic Books Today top 5 bestsellers lists.
Helen’s fourth book, In Search of Adventure: 70 Years of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police in Newfoundland and Labrador, profiles retired RCMP members and commemorates their service. Helen says, “This has been a two-year labour of love. I interviewed 70 veterans and captured their stories. I take you behind the police lines to see what really happened during historic moments in this province.”
And her fifth book, Operation Wormwood: The Reckoning, is the exciting conclusion to the crime novel Operation Wormwood. Helen says, “Yes, Sgt. Myra is back, and he is looking for blood. You will not be disappointed.”
In her spare time, Helen volunteers for several organizations. In 2017, she was presented with the CLB Governor and Commandant’s Medallion in recognition of her achievements of excellence in volunteering and fundraising work, including creating the idea and concept for the Spirit of Newfoundland dinner theatre show Where Once They Stood, a tribute to the Church Lads’ Brigade members who served at Beaumont Hamel. Helen created a successful communication strategy to bring people, especially families and members of the LGBTQ community, back to the St. Mark’s Anglican Church. In 2019, she was presented with the Governor General’s Sovereign’s Medal for Volunteers.
Helen loves to explore. She has a metal detector, and on the weekends, you can find her traipsing through abandoned cold war sites, exploring forgotten places, or traveling the world looking for great food and wine.
Helen lives by the words of the poem, The Road Not Taken by Robert Frost.
“I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two Roads diverged in a wood, and I -
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.”
Helen loves connecting with her fans and readers by going to book clubs and talking to groups. Contact her for more information.
Helen loves to explore and travel.