Interview with Tiffinie Helmer author of Impact.
Why are you taking part in the author blog challenge and what do you hope to achieve?
I was told about this challenge by a fellow writer and it has been so much fun to take a minute and do the challenge and read the others who are also doing this. What a great exercise!
How long have you been writing for?
I’m been making up stories since I was little. Mom used to call it lying and I got in lots of trouble. I called it being creative. As a teenager, I escaped the world I couldn’t control for one that I could. It wasn’t until my last child went to school that I took writing seriously.
What would you say is the most difficult part of writing a book?
Life interfering. Just let me write, please.
What genre do you generally write?
I love romantic adventures/romantic comedy. Even my romantic comedies end up with adventure and suspense. To me, the best books are about love. After all, isn’t love the biggest adventure?
Do you have a favourite author and why?
Too many to choose! I have many favorites for many different reasons or moods. Jennifer Crusie, she makes me laugh. Linda Howard, she keeps me up all night. Ooh, so does Harlan Coben. Kerrigan Byrne and Cindy Stark because they make me fall in love again.
What is your book called and how did you choose this title?
IMPACT. It’s about a plane crash involving two estranged lovers who in order to survive they have to survive each other. The title just fit. Besides the word impact mirrors so much of what has happened in my characters’ lives. So it worked on more than one level. I love it when that happens.
Has your book been published and how did you go about this?
I was actually told by my agent to write a short story and self publish it while we were waiting to hear from editors. So far, I’ve published two Romantic Alaskan Adventures with another to be released in August and then October. In my opinion, I have the most amazing, forward-thinking, finger-on-the-pulse of publishing agent who is out there. Christine Witthohn of Book Cents Literary Agency.
Approximately how long did it take you to finish your book?
Depends on the story and what’s currently happening in my life. Full-length novels usually 6 to 8 months. Shorts 1 to 2 months.
What advice would you give aspiring authors?
Write! And then write some more. There is nothing that develops your talent more than just writing the next book.
Do you use social media to promote your book, if yes then which social networks do you like the most?
If you had to do it all over again what would you do differently?
Get my book up faster! This experience has been so gratifying, a bit stressful, and so exciting!
What books do you like to read in your spare time?
Right now, I’m reading Deadlock by Charlaine Harris. But I generally choose anything that catches my eye. I’m a voracious reader.
What do you feel is the most important stage of writing a book?
Getting to know your characters. The good, the bad, and the ugly.
How did you go about designing the cover for your book?
The setting is Alaska with a bush plane in peril. The cover was easy. The hardest thing was getting the sky right. I commercial fish in the area of Bristol Bay on the Bering Sea of Alaska where I set this story. The storms there are legendary and the sky had to be perfect. It took a while to get the vision across to my cover designer, Kelli Ann Morgan, but in the end she nailed it. I couldn’t be happier.
Are you writing or considering writing a follow-up to your book?
The follow up to IMPACT is already written. HOOKED is currently under review. Hopefully we’ll hear great news soon.
Do you have a day job (if so, what do you do?) or do you write full-time?
I wear many hats. I write full-time, throw and sell pottery part-time, do the above mentioned commercial fishing in the summertime, and moonlight for Barnes & Noble the rest of the year. I’m also the mother of four amazing kids, who are pretty much grown, and I have managed to stay married to my husband for the last twenty-five years.
Where is your book available to buy?