HELEN W. MALLON
WRITER, EDITOR, COACH
I was born and raised in a Philadelphia Quaker family. My love of books was initially fueled by frustration—at the age of four, I was the only non-reader in a family of bookworms.
I was trained in the art of subtext by parents who only reluctantly expressed their feelings, yet I learned that my well-being depended on intuiting their moods and adjusting my behavior accordingly.
Our hearts met in books. Winnie the Pooh’s Hundred Acre Wood, the sly magic of Mary Poppins, and the spiritual magic of the world of Narnia were fully as real to me as the stiff, well-mannered surface of daily life.
I came to writing late, in my forties; after training as a dancer and visual artist, I discovered that my innate facility with language offered me the most genuine connection to the magic I still find in the world.
Today, relationships are everything—the suppleness of language is a net connecting me to nature, to my readers, my coaching clients, and all the people I love.
I have an MFA from Vermont College in Fiction Writing and am currently in training as a Gestalt therapist. My driving interest is in the power of language to heal and to offer possibility and hope in a challenging world.
“Thanks for your kind words and for the opportunity
to get to know something of your lovely work,
with its poised surface and turbulent groundwater
Author of Black Ice, The Price of a Child, Pride, and several other books.