September 21, 2013

Helena Fairfax

Helena Fairfax Races to the UK


Helena Fairfax was born in Uganda and came to England as a child.  She’s grown used to the cold now and that’s just as well, because nowadays she lives in an old Victorian mill town in Yorkshire, right next door to windswept Brontë country.  She has an affectionate, if half-crazed, rescue dog and together they tramp the moors every dayone of them wishing she were Emily Brontë, the other vainly chasing pheasants.   When she’s not out on the moors you’ll find Helena either creating romantic heroes and heroines of her own or else with her nose firmly buried in a book, enjoying someone else’s stories.  Her patient husband and her brilliant children support her in her daydreams and are the loves of her life. 

Could you please start by telling us a little about yourself?

My name’s Helena Fairfax.  I’m a British author, and I live in Yorkshire, in the north of England, near the moors which are the setting for Wuthering Heights.  I go walking on the moors every day with my dog.  I love to watch the changing seasons and the wildlife – although my dog is more interested in chasing wildlife than watching it!

Please tell us your latest news!

My first novel, The Silk Romance, was published in May as an e-book, and my second novel, The Antique Love, was released on 4th September.  I’m still really excited!

Please describe your writing environment.

Wherever I write, my dog goes with me.  Right now, my dog is asleep on the settee next to me.  If I work upstairs on the computer, she comes there, too, and if I sit outside in my yard, she lies at my feet.  She’s a really affectionate dog, and I love her to bits.

How much research do you do for your books? Have you found any cool tidbits in your research?

I do quite a bit of research, even though my novels are contemporary, not historical.  For The Silk Romance, I researched the history of silk in Lyon, France, because the hero is French and he owns a silk mill.  For The Antique Love, I researched London’s Richmond Park.  This is the largest park in London, and it plays a big part in the novel.  Richmond Park became a Royal Park in the 17thc, when King Charles went there to escape the plague.  He turned it into a hunting park, and there are still many deer there today.

What main genre do you write in?

I write sweet contemporary romances – although one reviewer said they were sweet romances with a tang!

What are your hobbies? 

My mother was a needlework teacher, and she taught me how to knit and embroider.  I especially love knitting.  Besides the usual jumpers and baby clothes, I also knit little figures.  Last year I knitted the Royal Wedding :)  You can see the photos here on my friend’s blog:

Do you write full time? What did you do before you became a writer? Or Still do?

I’m lucky to be able to write full time now..  Before this, I worked in manufacturing for many years, in the textile and printing industries. My experience in textile weaving helped me when I wrote The Silk Romance.

Do you have a website recommendation for other writers?

I really love Romance University  They have a weekly “lecture schedule” of posts on all aspects of romance writing, from technique to finding the right publisher.  Even if you don’t write in the romance genre, I can still highly recommend them for writing tips.

Is there a genre of book you would like to write but haven't yet?

My romances are short contemporary romances.  I would really love to have a go at writing a saga.  Something in the style of Penny Vincenzi, or Barbara Taylor Bradford. 

What would be the best way for readers to contact you? Do you have a website? Email address? MySpace site? Blog? Message Board? Group?

I have a Facebook page at .  You can also follow me on Twitter @helenafairfax , friend me on Goodreads, or email me at .  My blog is at Feel free to get in touch.  I love to meet people!


Jean-Luc Olivier is a devastatingly handsome racing-driver with the world before him. Sophie Challoner is a penniless student, whose face is unknown beyond her own rundown estate in London. The night they spend together in Paris seems to Sophie like a fairytale—a Cinderella story without the happy ending. She knows she has no part in Jean-Luc’s future. She made her dying mother a promise to take care of her father and brother in London.   One night of happiness is all Sophie allows herself. She runs away from Jean-Luc and returns to England to keep her promise.


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Marie Laval said...

Helena, I had a look at your Royal Wedding knitted characters and I am absolutely speechless! They are great! I tried knitting on several occasions but was so bad at it I always gave up. I did find it very addictive, though. I loved your two romances. Thanks for a great interview!

Helena Fairfax said...

Thanks for coming by, Marie! Knitting is really addictive. I'm about to start a jumper for my niece's baby, and can't wait to get going :) Thanks for your comment!

Lorrie Struiff said...

If I tried knitting, I'm so clumsy I'd poke myself in the eye. Those needles are dangerous. lol.

All kidding aside, Helena, both books sound like great reads. The first release is in my E-reader and I'm looking forward to having some time to read it.

Congrats on the second release.

Helena Fairfax said...

Hi Lorrie, thanks so much for your comment. I enjoy knitting, and have really found it therapeutic in the past, in times of stress. There's something satisfying about creating something - and it doesn't use as much brain power as trying to write! Thanks also for downloading The Silk Romance. I hope you enjoy it!

Barri Bryan said...

You are fortunate to live so near the English moors. Your books sound like something I'd like to read.I can knit, I mostly make scarves and caps for my grandchildren.Good luck with your books.


Helena Fairfax said...

Hi Barri, Thanks so much for your comment. I love to knit for babies - it's quick to do, it doesn't take much wool, and you can see the results of your work very quickly. Plus babies look really cute in hand-knitted clothes! You're right, I am lucky to live so near the moors. I love to watch the wildlife and the changing seasons. I post photos on my Facebook page quite regularly. If you are interested, and are on Facebook, please do take a look. Thanks so much for taking the time to comment, and best wishes