About the author

Helen Juliet // HJ Welch

Helen Juliet is a British author of contemporary MM fairy tale adaptations, including the international bestselling Beauty and the Beast retelling, Thorn in His Side. She also writes small town American series as HJ Welch, including fan favourites Pine Cove, Homecoming Hearts. and Paddle Creek College. 


Helen began writing at an early age, later honing her craft online in the world of fanfiction on sites like Wattpad. Fifteen years and over half a million words later, she sought out original MM novels to read. By the end of 2016 she had written her first book of her own, and in 2017 she achieved her lifelong dream of becoming a full-time author.


Helen lives just outside of London with her husband and three balls of fluff that occasionally pretend to be cats. When she’s not writing she’s usually dancing, singing, filming music videos, taking long walks, working on jigsaw puzzles, drinking prosecco, or talking about Eurovision.