Creating the pen name Victoria Milne was the result of a profound eureka moment, the type that careens into you when you least expect it and changes your life forever. (My name is Helen, by the way. Hi!) You wonder how it never occurred to you before when it feels like the most natural thing in the world. That was what fiction writing was about for me. I’d always loved reading, ever since I can remember, and have lost many, many hours to good books, but the thought of actually trying to write a book myself didn’t occur to me until that eureka moment back in 2012.
It turns out that studying the craft of writing is as compelling as actually doing it! When my first book, The Strawberry Farm, was published in an anthology, I found the process of proofreading the other stories a thoroughly rewarding one. That experience fuelled my desire to learn as much about the mechanics of writing as I possibly could. In 2016 my mind was made up, I began studying with the Society for Editors and Proofreaders and in 2017 became a full-time editor.
As an author, I understand how daunting it can be to let someone else read your work, let alone critique it. I’ve had first-hand experience of the highs and lows of being a writer and have been through the editing process: I know what it feels like. These experiences have allowed me to understand that as an editor it’s important to be part of the author’s ‘team’, ensuring their unique voice is retained, but at the same time fixing any issues with structure, character and grammar, so that the manuscript is in the best possible shape before it’s released to the world.