Helen Jacey

The Woman In The Story: Writing Memorable Female Characters is ten years old!

In 2010, The Woman in the Story: Writing Memorable Female Characters was first published. Since then, this hugely popular writing guide has been used by screenwriters and filmmakers all over the world. 

It’s secret? It empowers you to create the female character you always wanted to watch on screen.

Discover a new way of thinking about character development, gender and representation!

Her Story. Your way.

Helen Jacey Woman In the Story is 10 years old

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Latest publication: Chipped Pearls Elvira Slate Investigations

The thrilling follow-up to Jailbird Detective

In Chipped Pearls: Elvira Slate Investigations Book 2, 1940s female sleuth Elvira Slate faces a double sleuthing whammy. Save a young jazz singer from the death penalty, before enemies from her past drag her down. 

Do you like the sound of the feminist vintage noir world of Helen’s 1940s female detective series Elvira Slate Investigations? Then please visit Shedunnit Productions: 



Find out about Elvira Slate Investigations. Book 2 out now.


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