Twenty five years as a psychologist has given Helen McNeil's writing both insight and compassion. She writes about ordinary people dealing with the deep question she struggles with herself: Where is home? What does family mean? Are my beliefs worth the pain? Who am I? Helen grew up in Kawerau where the pulp and paper mill dominated the life of the town and union struggles were always present. She has continued her interest in the power of the collective and currently lives in Earthsong Eco-neighbourhood (Auckland, New Zealand) alongside chickens, organic gardens, lots of compost and constant negotiation.