Hi, I’m Helen Warner and welcome to my website.
SHE is my fifth novel and it’s a bit of a departure from my previous novels. I’ve taken a diversion from commercial women’s fiction into psychological thriller territory and it’s been so much fun tapping into my darker side!
It’s also the first novel I’ve written as a full-time author, rather than on my commute to work in London, as I did with the first four.
I was born in Northern Ireland and moved to East Anglia when I was 4 years old. After school, I studied English Literature at the University of London (Goldsmiths College) before landing my first job in TV. I always knew that I wanted to be a TV journalist and loved my first job at London Tonight, but the holy grail for me was always working as a producer on This Morning, then presented by Richard & Judy. My dream came true in 1995 and I moved up to Liverpool to be a day producer on my favourite show.
When This Morning moved to London, I moved with it, before going on to launch Loose Women in 1999 and then returning to This Morning as editor in 2001, after my daughter, Alice, was born.
In 2007, I joined Channel 4 as Head of Daytime (where I was reunited with Richard & Judy!) and had a fantastic 5 years overseeing shows such as Come Dine With Me, Deal or No Deal, The Paul O’Grady Show and Coach Trip. It was during this time that I started to write on the train to work.
My first novel, RSVP, was published in 2011 and was a Sunday Times best-seller, followed by IOU (also published as Stay Close To Me) in 2012, With or Without You in 2014 and The Story of Our Lives in 2018.
After Channel 4, I moved to ITV as Director of Daytime in 2013. During my 5 years there, I launched, amongst others, Good Morning Britain, Judge Rinder, Tenable and James Martin’s Saturday Morning, as well as overseeing the rest of the schedule from 6am to 6pm, including Tipping Point and The Chase.
In many ways, it was my dream job but after 5 years, daytime was flying high and I felt like there was nothing left for me to do. I have always hankered after a move into drama and screenwriting, so at the beginning of 2018 I left ITV to concentrate on writing full-time. I’ve spent some time in the US which I really enjoyed and I think it’s possible that I’ll be making the move across the Atlantic at some point in the next year or two – I’ll keep you posted!
My husband, Rob, who is my childhood sweetheart (we went on holiday together when I was 8 and he was 11!) also works in TV and loves America, so he’s keen on the idea too. We have 2 children: Alice, who is 19 and studying English at Oxford University, and Paddy, who is 16 and studying for his A Levels.