I am excited to bring to you this lovely lady! Helen Boswell has written a few of my most favorite books! I can even say I have some signed copies! So sit back and relax and find out all about Helen today! There is also a surprise at the end. Helen is giving away one signed copy of Losing Enough! I LOVED that book! So what I would like you to do, is be the first to comment, and say why you wold want to read her book. Then Share this post on twitter. and tag me in it. Now to the interview!
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Christina: What’s your current project? Tell us a little about it.
Helen: I’m currently writing a story called SCARS RUN DEEP. This has been a WIP for over a year now (I put it aside to finish a trilogy last year) and is a romance that is also about working through the pain from past lives.
C. What has been your favorite scene to write so far?
H. That’s a difficult question…. All of the scenes have been agony to write for some reason (haha). But I think my favorite one is when the main characters Jase and Elle go out to the desert to a place that Jase escapes when he needs to heal. It’s a great scene that ends with a kiss. 🙂
C. Who or what has inspired your writing?
H. A few inspirations come to mind. For Jase, I have a friend who used to fight amateur fights because of something that happened in his past — it’s a bit different from Jase’s backstory, but still a similar motivation to why Jase used to fight. Elle is inspired by all of the strong women that I know. ❤
C. What is your biggest goal with your writing?
H. I look to each project as a way to get better at something. With my urban fantasy/paranormal romance trilogy, I wanted to develop great fight scenes, worlds, and of course kissing scenes. With this one, I’m working mostly on the emotional development of characters, which is very challenging but also a lot of fun.
C. Do you have any pre-writing rituals?
H. Not really. I pop in my earphones and go for it whenever I have distraction-free time (like at 4 a.m. – ha!)
C. What is the weirdest location you’ve ever written at?
H. Probably on the top tower of a giant playground structure. I have two sons, 4 and 8, and I try to get writing done when we’re out and about.
C. How do you handle writer’s block?
H. Not too well. Ha. It’s taken me a while to accept that I can’t force it. If I feel blocked, I need to step away and go back to it later. I’ll read and watch movies instead until I feel drawn back by my characters.
C. How much research was involved in your latest piece and how did you tackle it?
H. I’ve interviewed a few people so far for this one. A former boxer, a hospital volunteer, a police officer. I meet a lot of people through my job and also live in a small-town community where everyone knows everyone else. I have no problem approaching someone and asking them questions for my books. They know I’m a crazy writer 🙂
C. Are you a pantser or a plotter?
H. Pantser, though for this one I’ve had to stop a couple of times and outline. It’s been an interesting experience. I like pantsing a lot better 🙂
C.What has been your biggest learning experience so far in your career?
H. To enjoy it and to enjoy others’ successes. I am not in this to get a NYT bestseller’s ranking (though I wouldn’t complain if that happened), but I’m in this because I love writing, love my characters, and love the writing community as well. I learned this the hard way when a book I had high expectations for in terms of sales really didn’t do anything after I released it. It’s still a book that is true to me and I’m very proud of though, and that’s important to me.
C. Is there anything you wish you were told prior to writing or publishing?
H. I knew nothing about publishing before I started, and I had to learn a lot of the steps all by myself. One thing I wish I was told is to always take my time. It’s a huge publishing world, and it’s okay if you don’t crank out a book every few months or even one a year. You have to love what you do and be happy with what you’ve written, because that’s what goes out there with your name.
C. What’s next for you?
Writing and more writing? I am really looking forward to working on an adult/new adult urban fantasy featuring Davis, the brother of my character Hope, from the Mythology series. Witches and magic and curses, oh my!
NOW……. TO WIN the Signed Copy of Losing Enough, Comment Below, with WHY you want it. Be FIRST!! Then Tweet this post 🙂 Thats it. Then I will get your info to Helen to send you the book!