Do you write under a pen name? Why or why not?
I use my own name when I write because I have a large family and acquaintances strewn over several states and countries. I want them to be able to find my work easily. In addition, I intend never to write anything that I would not want people to know I authored. The knowledge that former students, friends, and family will know that I wrote the material holds me to a certain standard. I very much doubt that I will ever reach the level of fame which would make it dangerous for people to know my real name.
What are you currently working on?
I am nearly finished writing Legacy, the third book in The Guardian Trilogy. Chapters 12 through 18 are in the rewriting stage, though most of that work is done, and I am presently writing chapter 19. I plan to have 20 chapters in the book, unless my betas (editors) keep telling me I am finishing the book in too much of a hurry. I don’t want the ending to drag, but I also don’t want to disappoint my readers by rushing the story.
What do you have planned for the future?
I will begin to outline and write my next book, Darcy’s Wish, as soon as I finish Legacy. It will be a relief to start writing the story, as it is presently fighting to get out of my head. The Guardian Trilogy is romance fantasy fiction, and the next book will be as well. Darcy’s Wish will take place in modern and Regency times simultaneously. My premise is that Jane Austen’s characters in Pride and Prejudice were actual people.
Robin Helm has published the first two volumes of a trilogy (The Guardian Trilogy), Guardian and SoulFire, and is presently writing Legacy, the third and final volume, posting as a work in progress on four different forums. She has also published three Regency short stories.
She and her husband have two daughters, the elder a Navy nurse stationed in Guam, and the younger a university senior. They live in South Carolina with their Yorkie-Poo, Tobey.
Ms. Helm graduated with a BA from Piedmont International University. She is a member of the Delta Epsilon Chi honor society, the American Legion Auxiliary, and the scholarship faculty of the United States Achievement Academy.
Blurb for Guardian, Volume I of The Guardian Trilogy
In Guardian, a religious fantasy fiction, the powerful and imposing Xander/Darcy, Chief of Guardian Angels, has protected exceptional humans from demonic forces over the course of ten millennia without losing a single battle. In 1989, he receives an unusual assignment which will forever change his ordered existence and alter the course of human history. Will he lose the battle for his own heart while guarding supernaturally gifted Elizabeth Bennet from the evil which surrounds her? Will he be strong enough to resist her as she grows from a precocious child into a beautiful, intelligent woman? The veil dividing the physical and spiritual planes is drawn aside to reveal warfare on an unprecedented scale as Elizabeth develops her gifts and her guardian discovers his emotions.
Guardian begins with a prologue, the fall of Lucifer from heaven. The main body of the work concentrates on the years beginning just prior to Elizabeth’s conception in 1989 and ends in the fall of 2007 as she begins her junior year in college and Xander is summoned before God to make a momentous decision.
In the second volume of The Guardian Trilogy, Fitzwilliam Alexander Darcy, powerful Chief of all guardian angels, adjusts to life with a dual nature. An angel/human, Darcy seeks to win the love of his beautiful partner in SoulFire Ministries, Elizabeth Bennet, as they travel together across the globe. While keeping his true identity hidden, Darcy joins archangels Michael and Gabriel in defending and protecting Elizabeth from the schemes and trickery of Gregory, the Dark Prince, and Lucifer, his father.
Though the supernaturally gifted team of Darcy and Elizabeth is tremendously successful in their joint mission as they partner with evangelist Jonathan Edwards, the question remains, will Elizabeth find the strength within herself to forgive Darcy for his secrecy after she accidentally discovers the truth, that he was her guardian angel, or will Gregory be ultimately successful in separating this match made in heaven?
SoulFire, Volume II of the trilogy, continues the story, picking up January, 2008 and ending in August of the same year. Xander is in human form, using the name Fitzwilliam Darcy. SoulFire develops the actual meeting, ministry, and romance of Elizabeth and Darcy.
The Guardian Trilogy is a Christian fantasy fiction which loosely incorporates elements of Jane Austen’s masterpiece, Pride and Prejudice, into a Christian story line. Mrs. Helm is presently writing the third book in the series, Legacy.
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