Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Author Interview: Helena Fairfax

Helena Fairfax
Author of The Antique Love and The Silk Romance

Give us a bit of your background (where are you from, your family, traveling adventures)

I live in the north of England, not far from the moors which were the setting for Wuthering Heights.  I love it here.  The countryside is wild and romantic.  Sometimes it seems as though I’ve lived here in Yorkshire all my life, but in fact I moved around a lot before I settled down.  I was born in Uganda, where my parents were teachers, and I’ve also lived in France, Austria and Germany where I worked and studied.  It was fun travelling and learning new languages…but now I’m happy to be settled!

Most writers are readers. What are some of the books you have on your nightstand and/or on your "must read" list?

I have so much on my Kindle!  I wish I had more hours in the day to read.  I read a wide range of books.  I’ve just finished and absolutely loved The Best Man, by Kristan Higgins.  I’m now reading Twilight Stories, a collection of Gothic  stories by a Victorian writer called Rhoda Broughton.  They are a fabulous read!

Say your publisher has offered to fly you anywhere in the world to do research on an upcoming book, where would you most likely want to go?

I’d love to go to New Zealand to visit my daughter, who is working there at the moment.  I’d love to travel round the islands with her.  She has sent me photos of the scenery and wildlife, which look magnificent.  Plus it’s summer there as I write this – and it would be nice to see the sun again!

What is one silly fact about you?

I don’t like being scared, and I’ve never watched a horror movie in my whole life :)

Do you have a favorite comment or question from a reader?

I always love it when readers enjoy my books, and I’ve been lucky to have only positive reviews so far.  One of the comments I love was from a reader who told me my novel The Antique Love had “touched her soul.” I found that a really moving comment.

How many books have you written, and how many of those have been published?

I’ve written two books, and both have been published.  I’ve nearly finished my third…and fingers crossed it, too, will find a publisher!

What are the elements of a great romance for you?

There must be a strong attraction between the characters, by which I mean not just physical attraction, but something that makes the reader realise that these two people are soul mates.  I also like to feel emotionally involved with the hero and heroine, so that I keep turning the pages willing them to achieve their happy ending.  And above all, I love to have a romantic hero to fall in love with!

Please share about your book

The Antique Love tells the story of Penny, an antique shop owner who is passionate about her business, and Kurt, a reserved accountant who works with figures, and who believes the head should rule the heart.  Kurt treats Penny like he would his kid sister, but when he hires her to refurbish his Victorian townhouse in London, he finds she opens up his logical heart to new emotions, in a most disturbing way!

What are your hero and heroine of the story like?

Penny is an English girl, living in London.  Her parents died when she was young, and she lives with her grandfather, whom she adores.  Penny has a lively imagination and is passionate about history and antiques.  She is a romantic at heart, although her early tragedy has given her a tendency to be a dreamer.

Kurt is Penny’s polar opposite.  He’s from Wyoming, and is in London to take up a high-powered job in finance.  Like Penny, he’s seen his share of tragedy in life, but events in his childhood have caused him to turn away from romance and retreat to the safe world of figures.  He has a younger sister he adores, and he tends to treat Penny with the same casual affection – until he starts to realise that his feelings for her a running dangerously deep.

Use no more than two sentences. Why should we read your book?

To quote from one of my reviews:  “The Antique Love is ..the kind of book that leaves you all warm and fuzzy inside.  I hated to see it end, and to me, that's what identifies a really good author.”

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