Helen Ishmurzin writes and edits picture books for little people. She also blogs about the exhilerating journey of an author from the first clueless, bewildering days to… well, wherever the journey will lead! She is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators.

Helen has worn many hats as a translator, amateur actress, Amnesty International activist, teacher of English as a foreign language in a local preschool and mama of two trilingual children.

Helen grew up in a quaint little village near London, wanting to be – at various times – an acrobat, an actress, an artist and an author (perhaps someone should have told her there are also careers that don’t begin with “a”!) Due to her passion for foreign languages, she migrated to the beautiful town of Heidelberg, Germany, where she studied German and Russian literature. She now lives in the picturesque Austrian Alps with her family and some pesky fruit flies that keep trying to eat her pears.

Don’t worry if you can’t pronounce her surname because – according to her husband, who so kindly gave her the name – she doesn’t even pronounce it correctly herself. (Just aim for: Ish-MORE-zin.)