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Today I’m on the ‘Star in the Shadows’ blogtour, organised by Rachel’s Random Resources.
To promote this book I have a Q&As post, but b
About the Author :
Helen has spent over thirteen years working and volunteering for charities in the UK and abroad, including four years in Honduras. She currently works as a charity communications manager and lives in Bedfordshire with her husband and son.
The world thinks that pop superstar Kiara Anderson has it all, but she spends her nights drinking away memories of her childhood and life as a teen runaway.
The Jacobs family are desperate to see the girl next door again and discover why she ran away, especially their son Shane, who blames himself for her disappearance.
When Kiara’s manager forces her into a reveal-all TV interview she knows the family she loved more than her own will finally discover the truth.
Can she overcome her demons or will the shadows of the past rob her of fame, fortune, and a chance to finally fall in love?
First of all thank you very much for taking the time to answer my questions, I really appreciate it. Here we go! 🙂
Can you, for those who don’t know you already, tell something about yourself and how you became an author?
I’ve always loved books, and as a child I dreamt of becoming an author. But as an adult I never had the confidence to try writing a book – I told myself that I couldn’t do it.
When my husband and I were trying, and failing, to conceive, I was really struggling emotionally and was very low. In the midst of that depression, writing became my therapy.
My first novel Star in the Shadows was written in that time, and the world and the characters I created were the escape I so desperately needed.
Which books did/do you love to read as a child/now as a grown-up?
When I was younger I was a horror fan – especially Stephen King novels. I also loved Catherine Cookson books because they were on my mum’s bookshelf! Now as an adult I read almost anything that catches my eye.
Is there an writer whose brain you would love to pick for advice? Who would that be and why?
I’d love to talk to Donna Tartt about how she wrote The Goldfinch. It’s a book of such exceptional quality writing and I believe it took her a long time to write it.
If you could, which fictional character (from your own book(s) or someone else’s) would you like to invite for tea and why?
I’d invite my main character Kiara over – she’s a real sweetheart. She has her flaws but she’s loyal and kind. Plus she’s a big star so she could foot the bill – I’m just a poor writer after all!
Do you have some rituals or habits whilst writing?
I like to write to music and I get a lot of inspiration from it. My main character Kiara is a girl band pop star so I listened to a lot of Girls Aloud and the Pussycat Dolls when writing it. I find it easier to write sad scenes with something atmospheric like Einaudi. For the really challenging scenes where you have to do something horrible to your main character? Those require a glass of wine, or two!
Where do you come up with your idea(s)? Do people in your life need to be worried? 😉
I’ve always been a daydreamer. My ideas don’t tend to come from my life, but more from gazing with fascination at the world around me. Having said that, two ideas I have for future books are definitely inspired by my own life and people I know – so look out!
Are you a plotter or do you go with the flow, as a pantser?
Definitely a plotter, although even with all the best laid plans, I find new ideas and additional scenes creep in.
Can you give novice writers some tips (do’s/don’ts)?
Well, I still consider myself a novice. But my tip would be to don’t let fear stop you trying. The process of submitting your work to the public is highly nerve wracking and the prospect of people actually reading my writing makes me quake inwardly. But it’s the only way to learn and grow and improve as a writer. So go for it! And don’t let bad reviews get you down.
What are your futureplans as an author?
I’ve written a second novel, a stand-alone about a former Olympic skater with a busted ankle and a bad attitude who goes on reality TV to save her reputation. It was so much fun to write and I’d love to publish it. I’ve got two other novel ideas to work on in the meantime.
Last, but not least : Can you give my readers one teaser from your book, which is featured here on my blog, please?
Kiara clutched her hands together in her lap. She was getting increasingly anxious. The first part of the interview had been difficult enough, as she expected it would be. It was like dredging up an old seabed, disturbing things that had long since drowned, putrid bloated nightmares coming to the surface in a murky gloom.
On stage, in the studio, she was successful, beautiful, and desirable. She could control the nightmares and drown out the memories of who she used to be but right now this interview made her feel exposed for who she really was. She was trying to hold her legs still, to keep breathing in time with her heartbeat, clasping her trembling hands together, clutching at each other like two drowning souls on a dark night.
Beth had done enough interviews to know when her guest was uncomfortable. She felt sorry for this girl but she had to carry on. Her audience expected her to have the big reveals, the shock twists, the love child that no one knew about, the footage never seen. Whatever dirt her researchers revealed, she would expose it.
Isn’t that a great reason to pick up this book and to find out more?!
Thanks once again for this lovely interview, Helen Buckley.
Thanks for being interested and asking such great questions. 😊
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