Helen Stine's award-winning debut novel is set near Charleston, South Carolina, where she was born and raised. The Truthful Story is based on those early years living on the river, “out in the country," surrounded by the people and places that shaped her life. She received her undergraduate degree in English from the College of Charleston and fell in love with the work of Southern writers like Carson McCullers, Harper Lee and William Faulkner. During that time, she met her husband who was an English major at The Citadel, and together they dreamed of writing their first novels. After twenty-seven years as a military spouse, two children, two grandchildren, and a career in early childhood education, Helen never lost sight of her dream. Throughout her career, she found many opportunities to write, especially in the early childhood field. Along with various articles and training materials, she co-authored a book for boards of directors operating early childhood programs (Staying on Course: The Early Childhood Board’s Guide to Success). Her extensive travels over the years exposed her to a rich repository of characters and events, but it was her childhood memories of family and friends and the hauntingly beautiful landscape of the South Carolina Lowcountry that provided her with everything she needed to craft her first novel. The Truthful Story allowed Helen to revisit a place where everything in nature was personified, where the land, trees, and surrounding waters literally breathed alongside the diverse set of people that molded her, and she couldn’t wait to tell their story. Helen's love of storytelling has also branched into independent filmmaking. In 2010, she teamed with her husband, Mike, and their son, writer/director Daniel Stine, to form an independent film production company (Rushawaypictures.com), and together they have produced four award-winning films. Their latest film, titled Virginia Minnesota, is available on Amazon Prime (Prime Video), Redbox, ITunes, Google Play, other Video On Demand platforms, and select airlines. Helen lives in Villa Rica, Georgia with her husband. Visit Helen's website (helenstine.com) to learn more.Read more Read less
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