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Posted By Susan Bernhardt

Today I am anticipating the first day of spring. Spring brings ideas of rebirth, regrowth, and rejuvenation. It's the time when days are close to twelve hours long. And no other season brings more visual images to mind, perpetual astonishments of new growths bursting all over ...

"Come, gentle Spring! Ethereal Mildness! Come." ~ James Thomson

The top ten things that I am looking forward to this Spring. (Not in any order.)

1. Flowers - Daffodils, tulips, hyacinths.

2. Anticipating my travels this year with my husband - Planning and dreaming is half the fun.

3. The warmer weather - Being able to take walks outside on a daily basis. Having the windows open in the house.

4. Bike rides.

5. Getting our new sunroom finished and decorated – My new place to write mystery novels.

6. Planning my garden – Daydreaming in my garden.

7. Weekend getaways – Art museums – Concerts – The beach.

8. Cookouts, picnics, socializing more with friends.

9. Locally grown fruits, vegetables.

10. Longer days. More hours of sunlight.

What are your favorite things that you look forward to in Spring?

 
Posted By Susan Bernhardt

Welcome Helena!

Hi Susan, thanks so much for inviting me to your lovely looking blog!

My pleasure. Helena, please tell us about yourself.

I live in the north of England in an old Victorian mill town, with my husband and my rescue dog, Lex. I write romances – and read everything!

What inspired you to write your first book?

I’ve always wanted to write, but wanting to write and actually doing it are two very different things, as every writer knows! My husband was the one who finally motivated me and got me to sit down and Just Do It.

Just Do It, is excellent advice. What kind of research did you do for your books?

I like to write mainly from what I know, but if there is a scene that requires me to research, I do what a lot of people do these days, and turn to Google first. In a book I’ve just finished writing, the hero, who is terrified of flying, does a parachute jump. I can well relate to the terror – the fear of flying was no problem to describe whatsoever! – but there is absolutely no way you would get me to jump out of a plane, even if publication depended on it. Instead, I watched video after stomach knotting video on the internet, until I feel if I actually had to, I’d know exactly how to use an altimeter. Let’s hope I NEVER have to! I really enjoyed writing the scene – but would hate to be in it!

That's interesting. What's a typical working day like for you? When and where do you write?

I get up early and write for an hour before taking my dog out. My dog is highly active. She’s a rescue dog, very nervous and highly-strung. A long walk helps keep her to keep calm and work off some of her nervous energy. We go out on the moors, where we don’t see many people, and where my dog can run free without getting stressed. The solitude is also great for thinking and mulling over plot lines. After a long walk my dog sleeps on the settee next to me, and I spend the afternoon writing.

I've seen the photos of your moors. Breathtaking! What's the hardest part of writing for you? Here I am not talking about marketing.

I’m the world’s greatest prevaricator. I’d sooner do anything rather than just sit down and get on with writing. It’s an effort of will. Once I’ve actually sat down to write, though, often the words just flow really quickly. Other days, a scene just won’t go as I want it, and every single word is forced out in the most painful way. I might spend two days writing and rewriting just to get down 500 words. It’s funny, though, when I read those painstaking scenes back later, they seem to flow just as easily as the scenes that were easier to write. It’s very strange!

Helena, what other passions besides writing do you have?

I love reading, and read a lot of genres besides romance. I’m just re-reading Patrick O’Brian’s fabulous sea-faring adventure Master and Commander. I also love music. I used to listen to a lot of classical music when I was younger, but that got swept away by the rise of punk! Now I find I’m increasingly turning to classical music again, and I’m enjoying going to classical concerts.

Sounds lovely, What do you do for rest and relaxation?

Reading is my favourite way to relax! Besides reading, I love to knit and sew. I’m just knitting a cable cover for my iPad mini. I also love embroidery. Both these pastimes a therapeutic, in a way that reading sometimes isn’t. My mind goes clear when I’m knitting or sewing.

Thanks for your great questions, Susan. They made me think hard about how I write. And thanks for being such a gracious hostess!

Thanks, Helena for agreeing to an interview. Best wishes on your novels.

 
Posted By Susan Bernhardt

Helena Fairfax is the author of The Antique Love.

Here is the blurb: One rainy day in London, Wyoming man Kurt Bold walks into an antique shop off the King’s Road and straight into the dreams of its owner, Penny Rosas. Lively, spirited and imaginative, Penny takes this handsome stranger for a romantic cowboy straight from the pages of a book. Kurt certainly looks every inch the hero…but he soon brings Penny’s dreams to earth with a thump. His job is in the City, in the logical world of finance—and as far as Kurt is concerned, romance is just for dreamers. Events in his childhood have shown him just how destructive love can be. Now he’s looking for a wife, right enough, but what he wants is a marriage based on logic and rational decisions. Kurt treats Penny like he would his kid sister, but when he hires her to help refurbish his beautiful Victorian house near Richmond Park, it’s not long before he starts to realise it’s not just his home she’s breathing life into. The logical heart he has guarded so carefully all these years is opening up to new emotions, in a most disturbing way…

The Antique Love is available from Amazon, iTunes, B&N and most retailers selling e-books.

If you’d like to know more about Helena, please drop in and visit her on her blog www.helenafairfax.com, or Facebook https://www.facebook.com/HelenaFairfax or Twitter @helenafairfax. Helena loves to meet new people!

 

 

 
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