Are book nerds allowed to love the Olympics? Well, too bad, because I do. Always have. I have memories of getting up early in the morning before school to watch the Aussies swimming back in the 80s. I have memories of screaming at the TV - my mother being the loudest - and sending the dogs into panic as we egged on our yellow-capped heroes ploughing through the water.
But I virtually missed the London Olympics. Sure, I have a vague idea of how it all went. I know that we had a "silver-rush" instead of a "gold-rush". I saw a few gold medal wins on replay. Though I'm pretty sure I didn't see any Aussies win gold live!
Motherhood. It all comes down to motherhood. When they say it changes your life, it really does. In every single aspect of it.
Instead of waking up at 4:30am to watch the swimming like I normally would, I slept. Instead of sitting back in front of the TV late in the evenings to catch some events, I was flitting between two crying, sick children. And it's okay, you know? Because I accept the fact that this season in my life I have to miss things like the Olympics.
So tell me, how was your Olympic Games experience this 2012? What's your favourite sport to watch? What was the highlight for you?
Helen's favourite genre is historical fiction with a strong romantic element. She also enjoys contemporary romance, chick-lit and YA. She's not caught up in the spell of fantasy fiction, despite The Faraway Tree series being a strong influence in her childhood.
Helen is currently working on her first book, a Christian young adult novel set between two opposite but equally fascinating places in Australia.