Helena P. Schrader earned a PhD in History from the University of Hamburg with a ground-breaking biography of a leader of the German Resistance to Hitler. After a number of years in the private sector, she was commissioned in the U.S. Foreign Service and served as an American diplomat in Africa and Europe. She retired in December 2018.
Helena has published numerous works of fiction and non-fiction over the last 15 years, most recently focusing on the history of the crusader states. Her Jerusalem Trilogy, a series of biographical novels set in the Holy Land in the late 12th century, won twelve literary accolades. Her next fiction project is a series exploring the struggle between the Holy Roman Emperors and the barons of Outremer. She is currently working on a non-fiction book, Beyond the Seas: The Story of the Crusader States, which will bring together recent scholarship on the Latin East into a single volume aimed at non-academics.