Jul 312013

Libby’s ColumnLibby Hellmann - Enjoy


Everyone loves a story — and this is the place to discover them. Backstories will help nurture your soul, spirit, and intellect.  We take a look at  the power of stories and how they affect us individually, jointly, and as a society.  Backstories will focus on the books and films that bring enjoyment to a women’s life with accomplished film industry, broadcast and public relations professional, and noted novelist and crime mystery writer Libby Hellmann.  She will focus stories that you might have come across recently as well as stories from years ago that are still relevant today. Enjoy, suggest, and interact, for we are looking to you to tell us your story too!


Crime fiction author Libby Fischer Hellmann claims she is “writing her way around the genre.”  With ten novels and twenty short stories published, she has written thrillers, suspense mysteries, historicals, PI novels, amateur sleuth, police procedurals, and even a cozy mystery.

At the core of all her stories, however, is a crime or the possibility of one – the more political, the better.

She is a transplant from Washington, D.C., where, she says, “When you’re sitting around the dinner table gossiping about the neighbors, you’re talking politics.”

Armed with a Masters Degree in Film Production from New York University, and a BA in history from the University of Pennsylvania, Libby started her career in broadcast news. She began as an assistant film editor at NBC News in New York, but she moved back to DC where she worked with Robin McNeil and Jim Lehrer at N-PACT, the public affairs production arm of PBS.

When Watergate broke, she was re-trained as an assistant director and helped produce PBS’s night-time broadcasts of the hearings.  In 1978, Libby moved to Chicago to work at Burson-Marsteller, the large public relations firm, staying until 1985 when she founded Fischer Hellmann Communications.

Currently, when not writing, she conducts speaker training programs in platform speaking, presentation skills, media training, and crisis communications.  Libby also writes and produces videos.

Her novels include the 4 volume Ellie Foreman series, which she describes as a cross between “Desperate Housewives” and “24,” the harder-edged Georgia Davis PI series and several stand-alone novels Libby calls her “revolution trilogy:” SET THE NIGHT ON FIRE, A BITTER VEIL, and HAVANA LOST.

In 2005-2006 Libby was the National President of Sisters in Crime, a 3,400 plus member organization committed to strengthening the voice of female mystery writers.

Libby blogs at “SAY THE WORD And You’ll Be Free…” which you can find at her website. She loves to hear from people and answers her own email.


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