Helen was born and raised in Pontefract West Yorkshire.
She ignored everyone’s advice, studied law at Hull university and practised as a solicitor for ten years. She quickly built a loyal following of teens in care who drove her crackers, made her laugh and nicked all the biscuits.
In 2003 she wrote a novel for a bit of fun. The main character Lilly Valentine, was, you guessed it, a northern lawyer representing children in the care system.
Damaged Goods was published in 2004 and there are now seven books in the Lilly Valentine series.
In 2016 Helen created a new female lead character, Liberty Chapman; a corporate lawyer turned career criminal. The first book, Taking Liberties, was published in summer 2017 and the second book Bang to Rights in 2018. Helen has written the first episode of a drama series inspired by Taking Liberties, commissioned by Snowed-In Productions. Playing Dirty, the third novel in the series was published in November 2019 with another due to be delivered in Spring 2020.
When Helen first turned her hand to screen writing she won the Kudos North Award for her original television series Galaxy.
She has hit the ground running and has already written an episode for LA Productions series Clink and is writing an episode for series 10 of Death in Paradise (Red Planet/BBC). Helen also has another idea optioned to Kudos and is co-writing an episode of a new series for Endor and also a treatment for BBC Studios, both with Courttia Newland.
Helen Black is represented by Frances Arnold