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Helen C. Escott

Author biography:

Helen C. Escott is used to blazing trails. She is a retired Civilian Member of the world-renowned Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP). In 1998, she created the RCMP’s Media Relations/ Communications Unit in Newfoundland and Labrador where she became the first female Senior Communications Strategist and Media Relations spokesperson for the RCMP in that province.

Escott was the communications lead on high-profile events including the RCMP’s NL response on September 11th after terrorist attacked the World Trade Centre in New York City.  During her service, she wrote and implemented the Atlantic Region Communication Strategies to combat organized crime and outlaw biker gangs, created the Media Relations course and guidebook used by the RCMP and was the first communications strategist asked to teach the media relations course for senior management and RCMP Members at the Canadian Police College, Ottawa. She is regularly asked to teach this course to other uniformed services. She also served as a communications strategist at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics.

Before joining the RCMP Helen C. Escott worked in the media for 13 years in various positions including reporter, on-air personality, marketing and promotions.

In her spare time, she volunteers as the Duke of Edinburgh coordinator for 508 Caribou Royal Canadian Air Cadets. In 2017 she was presented with the CLB Governor and Commandants Medallion in recognition of her achievements of excellence in volunteering and fundraising work, including creating the idea and concept for the Spirit of Newfoundland show, “Where Once They Stood,” a tribute to the CLB members who served at Beaumont Hamel. She also volunteers with St. Mark’s Anglican Church and created a successful communication strategy to bring people, especially families and the members of the LGBTQ community back to the church. In 2019 she was presented with the Governor General’s Sovereign’s Medal for Volunteers.

Helen C. Escott is the author of the bestselling crime thriller Operation Wormwood – a top-five finalist for the 2019 Arthur Ellis Awards, Best First Crime Novel, by the Crime Writers of Canada and the widely read blog-turned-book I am Funny Like That, which has over 216,000 readers

In August 2019, she will release her second crime thriller, Operation Vanished, a fictional investigation into missing and murdered women in the 1950s and why the cases were never solved.

Helen can be reached at or 709-727-1927.

I am Funny Like That – Self-published September 2016

Operation Wormwood – Publisher Flanker Press August 2018

Operation Vanished– Publisher Flanker Press August 2019