About Helen C. Escott
Helen C. Escott is an award-winning, bestselling Canadian author. Her crime thriller Operation Vanished was awarded a Silver Medal for Best Regional Fiction at the 24th annual Independent Publisher Book Awards. Operation Vanished is a mind-bending sophisticated psychological crime thriller that will keep you guessing who the real killer is.
In Operation Wormwood: The Day of reckoning, Escott’s main character Sgt. Nick Myra is back with a vengeance and he is looking for blood. This rollercoaster of a crime thriller is the explosive follow-up to the best-selling crime thriller Operation Wormwood, a finalist in the 2019 Arthur Ellis Awards for Best First Crime Novel.
In addition to her fiction work, she is the author of: In Search of Adventure- 70 Years of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police in Newfoundland and Labrador, culminating from two years of research and interviewing Veterans to create this comprehensive collection of personal stories and history of this province.
Her hysterical blog, I am Funny Like That was turned into a bestselling book. It is a collection of humorous stories about, raising children, keeping a marriage together, working, cleaning and life in general.
Escott is also a playwright who wrote and created the brilliant musical comedy, If It’s Not One Thing – It’s Your Mother.
She is a retired Civilian Member of the RCMP and was the communications lead on high-profile events including the RCMP’s NL response to the September 11th terrorist attacks. She wrote and implemented the Atlantic Region Communication Strategies to combat organized crime and outlaw biker gangs, created a Media Relations course and taught it in several provinces as well as at the Canadian Police College, Ottawa. She also served as a communications strategist at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics.
Before joining the RCMP Escott worked in the media for 10 years. In 2017, she was presented with the CLB Governor and Commandants 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, “Where Once They Stood.”
In 2019 she was presented with the Governor General’s Sovereign’s Medal for Volunteers.
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.”
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.