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 day—one 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: http://www.jqrose.com/2013/06/hobby-hoedown-knitting-with-author.html
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 http://romanceuniversity.org/ 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 https://www.facebook.com/HelenaFairfax . You can also follow me on Twitter @helenafairfax , friend me on Goodreads, or email me at email@example.com . My blog is at www.helenafairfax.com. 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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