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NAS: What do you love most about writing for Harlequin Special Editions?
Helen:Harlequin Special Edition books have always been my favorite romance novels to read. And now I love writing about the richly drawn characters and tackling deeply emotional subjects. The line’s catch phrase is that they celebrate Life, Love and Family and that’s exactly what drew me to them. There is a strong sense of community in a Special Edition book and a feeling of ‘realness’ that it’s as if these characters could be someone I know – a neighbour, a friend, even myself.
NAS: What do you think makes a good story?
Helen: Strong and engaging characters for starters. In a romance, a heroine the reader can really identify with and a hero they want to fall in love with.
NAS: What is your ideal holiday destination? Do you use your experiences in your stories?
Helen: My ideal destination changes constantly. At the moment I have a hankering for the American mid-west or maybe a ranch stay in Nebraska or Montana – somewhere that includes horses, big hats and wide open spaces.
I live in a small seaside town which is located at the most southern point of The Great Barrier Reef, so I guess you could say I do use my experiences in my stories,since my first books with Harlequin Special Edition are all set in a similar little town. And as an animal lover, I will often include my own animals, like my horses or dogs, in my books.
NAS: Anywhere you haven’t travelled you would like to go?
Helen: Africa. I love animals and would love to see and experience the African native animals in their real habitat instead of at a zoo or on TV.
NAS: What one item do you always pack when you travel?
Helen: Clarins Beauty Flash – after a long flight this handy cream packs a wallop.
NAS: Tell us a little about your current release …..
Helen: My November release for Harlequin Special Edition is called Marriage Under The Mistletoe. It’s a Christmas story about Evie Dunn, a thirty-six year old widow with a teenage son who lives a quiet life running a beachside bed and breakfast in the small Australian town of Crystal Point. When she meets the much younger and totally hot L.A based firefighter Scott Jones, sparks fly, and the very sensible Evie has a brief holiday fling with unexpected consequences!
To celebrate the release of Marriage Under The Mistletoe I have a signed copy to give away to one commenter.
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