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Helia S. Rethmann


First Language(s): German
Second Language(s): English


Helia Rethmann grew up in Germany. In the US, her fiction has appeared in River and South, Breakwater Review, Intrinsick Magazine, and others, as well as in anthologies published by Ashland Creek Press, Between the Lines, Pure Slush, and Two Sisters. Helia lives on a farm near Nashville, TN, with her wife and too many animals.


What was your favorite book as a child?

Anything/everything by Astrid Lindgren, the Swedish author. In particular, Mio, my Mio and The Brothers Lionheart. I was an avid reader/listener before I discovered her but she clinched the deal.

Do you remember the original reason or motivation why you started writing creatively?

Writing creatively followed quite naturally from my love of fiction. My elementary school stories featured a lot of loyal horses and wronged children (apologies, Astrid). The world alive in my head was always more vivid and thrilling than the one I inhabited on a daily basis.

What was the most adventurous or thrilling thing you ever did/experienced?

It’s classified, but it involved a stolen car recovered by my then FBI boyfriend, speeding down the FDR in NYC, stacks of tightly packed $100 dollar notes in the glove department, and entertaining the idea of making away with the loot.

Do you listen to music while reading or writing?

I’m incapable of multitasking. I can either listen to music, or read, or write. Never both, or all of it (*sound of a brain exploding*.)


Flash Fiction
Good Girl
Issue Fall '22

Supported by:

Land Steiermark: Kultur, Europa, Außenbeziehungen
U.S. Embassy Vienna
Stadt Graz