is a New Yorker, born and bred in Brooklyn. She graduated from
Bennington College in Vermont, got a Master’s Degree from NYU Graduate
School of Arts & Sciences, was a ‘gofer’ at CBS Television, and an
editorial assistant at Collier’s Encyclopedia. (Don’t ask:
No, she didn’t cover the letter A; she did work on the Encyclopedia
Yearbook and entries about Arts and Literature.)
career continued at Time-Life Books, where she became a copy editor,
researcher, writer (after participating in a groundbreaking lawsuit in
which women were finally allowed to work as writers), and editor. She’d
become an instant expert on subjects ranging from international cooking
to art history to anthropology… and promptly forgot each subject as
she moved to the next.
After years taken to raise her daughter, Helen fulfilled a lifelong
dream and worked in film documentaries. Writing film treatments and
proposals for the legendary documentary maker Lucy Jarvis, Helen was
also an associate producer.
In recent years, Helen has volunteered at nonprofit agencies, serving
as the Director of Volunteers at the Jewish Community Center on the
Upper West Side, and on the Board of Directors of The Retreat, a
domestic violence agency in eastern Long Island.
Fitness Kills, ISBN: 1594145857, Five Star hardcover, 201 pages, $25.95, July 2007.