About Me — Diane Helentjaris

Writer, photographer and lover of the overlooked and forgotten

Diane Helentjaris
About Me Stories

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Photo compliments of author

What would you like to know? I’m guessing you would like to know my slant, my background, what I bring to the party, what makes me tick. Not too much information, just enough. So here goes –

First, my last name is Greek. My grandfather immigrated from Greece in the early 1900s. A fellow immigrant helpfully translated our last name into (sort of) English. “Helentjaris” looks more complicated than it is: the “t” is silent, and, like most Greek names, the accent is on the next to last syllable. Helen — JAR — Us. As a result of the unique translation, only my grandfather’s progeny claim the name. Being the sole Diane, no one else in the world has my name. If you’re interested in my work, you can readily find it.

I’m from the Midwest, southwestern Ohio to be exact. It’s a land of white and red barns, the birthplace of aviation and comedians, the last stop before the terrain gets ironed totally flat. Born in Dayton, I moved out to the country as a child. We lived one house down from what I believe might be the largest cornfield in the world, or so it seemed. I left at eighteen to bounce around a few metropolitan areas (San Francisco, metro NYC aka New Jersey) with a three-year stint as a Landed Immigrant in Montreal, Quebec. For the last long…

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Diane Helentjaris
About Me Stories

Writer with a love of the overlooked. Author of the historical fiction novel The Indenture of Ivy O’Neill,.www.DianeHelentjaris.com