1. Tell us about your newest release.
Then Comes Baby, my December Superromance, is the 3rd in a so far 4 book series set on Mirabelle Island. (Three more books are possible for 2011.) This book takes us away from the quaint idyllic village to the secluded, rustic northwest end of the island where Jamis, a horror novelist, has attempted to isolate himself from the world. His peace is shattered when Natalie moves in next door and starts a summer camp for kids.
2. When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?
I’ve always been a voracious reader, especially of romances, but never, ever imagined trying to write one. My undergraduate degree is in accounting, for heaven’s sake! But when I started staying home with my, then, two year old daughter, I decided to give it a try. What a roller coaster of a journey this has been!
3. Where do you get your information or ideas for your stories?
My information and ideas come from all over the place. Travels, newspapers, movies, music, books, brainstorming with my kids and writer friends. In the shower, driving, cooking, it can happen anywhere, anytime.
4. What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?
I’m not very interesting. Really. As for writing quirks … it used to be the only way I could write was at my computer in my office wearing a particular sweater. But then I suffered a herniated disk in my spine last year and had to learn how to write on my laptop while in a prone position. Now I’m not quirky any longer. I don’t even wear the sweater!
5. What was one of the most surprising things you learned in creating your books?
This is a tough question. I do a lot of research for my books. They’ve been set in the Bahamas, Peru, Greece, Argentina. I’m writing one now that takes place, in part, in Turkey and Russia. I’ve never been to any of these places, but I learn about languages, customs, food, you name it. It’s all good.
6. What authors or friends influenced you in helping you become a writer?
I had just finished reading a LaVyrle Spencer historical when I first got the urge to write. I then joined a critique group – we were all unpublished at the time – with Connie Brockway and Susan Kay Law, both of whom are now multi-published award winning authors. I would’ve never sold my first book years later without what I learned from that first critique group.
7. What does your family think about your career as a published author?
My family is extremely supportive. They think my writing is awesome. They cheerlead, cook and clean when I’m under deadline, pimp my books to their family and friends, and even brainstorm with me. Some even read my books and like them! At least that’s what they tell me.
8. Can you tell us about what’s coming up next for you writing wise?
The 4th in the Mirabelle series is out in June 2010. The book I’m writing now, as yet untitled, is the sequel to my October 2008 Superromance, FINDING MR RIGHT and features Maggie’s little sister, Kate, and her bodyguard from that story. It’s a romantic suspense/adventure that has Kate and Riley working against the clock to steal several statues in order to save Riley’s kidnapped sister. I just turned in a proposal for 3 more Mirabelle stories I hope to write for 2011. Sarah needs her own hero!
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You can learn more about Helen Brenna by visiting her website at: www.helenbrenna.com
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Now, for an added treat, we want you to ask Helen questions or make comments because she has graciously agreed to give away a copy of her December book to one lucky reader!!!
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