Helen Fogarassy is an internationalist writer by birth and experience. She was born in Hungary, raised in the American Midwest and has been a New Yorker all her adult life.
Fogarassy’s work ranges from fiction to nonfiction, educational, political, promotional and commercial.. From early career, she has worked as an independent contractor with notable institutions and entities. She was privileged to observe without getting caught in the dynamics of such complex systems as that of the Trump Organization, the Institute of child psychiatrist Margaret Mahler and the bureaucracy of the United Nations.
Her pivotal assignment was recruitment as a creative writer for the United Nations Operation in Somalia (UNOSOM) during the 1994 Intervention. As Editor-in-Chief of the UNOSOM Weekly aimed at the local audience, Enbassies around teh world and UN Headquarters in New York, she learned to navigate the treacherous pathways of communicating across personal, social and global divides.
Her work reflects the breadth of her experience. Light of a Destiny Dark is a novel based on her mother’s memoir about life in Hungary under the Communist Regime. The Midas Maze is a comical novel about the vast UN bureaucracy. Mix Bender is a fun work set in the Caribbean. Mission Improbable: the world community on a UN compound in Somalia, is an account of her experience in Somalia.