Helen with her son Daniel (writer/director) on the set of Rushaway Pictures' feature film Virginia Minnesota in Grand Marais, Minnesota (September 2016).

Helen with her son Daniel (writer/director) on the set of Rushaway Pictures' feature film Virginia Minnesota in Grand Marais, Minnesota (September 2016).

About Helen Stine

Helen Stine grew up near Charleston, in the heart of the South Carolina Lowcountry. She went on to study English at the College of Charleston, where she gained inspiration from Southern writers such as Carson McCullers, William Faulkner and Harper Lee. After college, her life as a military spouse, raising two children, traveling, and pursuing a career in education kept her away from her home state for much of the next three decades, but her deep roots and devotion to the Lowcountry compelled her to return for visits whenever possible. While her extensive travels over the years exposed her to a rich repository of characters and events, it was her childhood memories of family and friends and the hauntingly beautiful landscape of coastal South Carolina that provided her with everything she needed to craft her first novel. The Truthful Story is a tribute to the land and the people that shaped her life.

Helen never lost sight of her lifelong goal to be a writer, and her love of storytelling has branched into independent filmmaking.  In 2010, she teamed with her husband and son to form a film production company (Rushaway Pictures), and together they have produced three award-winning short films, two of which coincidentally won Audience Choice Award and Best Film at the Charleston International Film Festival. They have just completed their first full-length feature, titled Virginia Minnesota. 

Helen lives in Virginia with her husband, where she is very happy to be near her daughter, son-in-law and two grandsons. 

“The narrator...Genny paints her Norman Rockwells beautifully and with an astonishing blend of childhood innocence and adult narrative sophistication. Indeed, the blend is so masterful that the reader rarely is aware that this child is telling her story in language which is most untypical of her age group.... Readers who lived in these years will relish the author’s vivid recollection and delightful recounting of the times.... The relationships among Genny, her family members, and her school friends are told with great literary skill. Imaginative imagery and evocative metaphors and similes inhabit almost every page.”
— Award-winning playwright and author Gordon Osmond, Bookpleasures.com