Helene Young Answers ‘Juliet’s Ten Awkward Author Questions’ (& Giveaway!)

In this new segment, authors will be subjected to a list of awkward questions that may reveal more about themselves than they really wish to share, and they will receive a score on the ‘Braveometer’. If they choose to answer only five questions, they are a ‘Brave Author’, if they answer 6 to 9 questions they are a ‘Mega-Brave Author’, and if they answer all 10 questions they are an ‘Ultra-Brave Author’!

Today I’d like to welcome romantic suspense author Helene Young, who has kindly offerred to give away a copy of Shattered Sky to one lucky commentor!

1. If only one of your books could have been / could be published, which one would you choose? (C’mon, I don’t want to hear ‘Oh, I love them all, there’s no way I could choose.’ Time to be ruthless, these are the Ten Awkward Questions after all!)

Oh no… that’s traitorous not awkward 🙂 Ok I’ve hardened up – Wings of Fear because it’s subject matter is so dear to my heart.

2. Okay, now which one of your children/family members would you… nah, just kidding! Which of the following words most accurately describes your best personality trait (you must pick only one!): Punctual. Good listener. Neat.  Graceful. Generous. Cheerful.

Hmm… Can I add one of my own? You don’t have obsessive there! No? Ok I’ll go with punctual then because no one wants their pilot to be late 🙂

3. Which of the following words most accurately describes your worst most challenging personality trait (even if you’re perfect, you must pick one): Always late. Blabbermouth. Slob. Complete klutz. Scrooge. Grumpy pants.

Go with complete klutz… My husband used to call me Frank after Frank Spencer in Some Mothers do ‘Ave em…

4. Have you ever had a romantic crush on one of your characters? Who and why?   

Oh yes, all of them are serious crushes but Ryan in Burning Lies is my most debilitating crush. I didn’t want his story to end.

5. When writing an important scene, do you act it out to allow you to better describe what’s happening? 

No, but I read the dialogue aloud and I have been known to try kissing my husband in unusual embraces, normally to poor effect.

6. Do you talk to yourself when writing or coming up with plot ideas?

Yep, and I pull faces! Not good if I’m in a coffee shop or airport lounge… Probably look quite deranged.

7. Who would be ideal to play YOU in a movie of your life?

Can I have Judy Dench or or Helen Mirren?

8. If you could be any book character for one day, who would you be and why?

Lily from Phillipa Fioretti’s book The Book of Love. I’d get to wear vintage dresses, float around in a dreamy haze, eat luscious jam and have gorgeous men fall at my feet.

9. You’re about to be left on a deserted island for a year, and while your basic food and water needs will be met, you can only bring one extra thing from the following. Which would you choose?

a) A pen and notepad that never runs out

b) An unlimited supply of books

c) An unlimited supply of chocolate, coffee, or alcohol (your choice)

d) A gorgeous man/woman depending on your preference

Easy, a) Pen and notepad because then I can create the gorgeous man, write my own stories and be forceably weaned off my caffeine addiction.

10. If you had the attention of the whole world for two minutes what would you say?

Can you lot be a bit more tolerant of each other? If you don’t like someone then stay away from them. Don’t get in their face and starting shouting! Sharing is good. Spread the love. 🙂

Thanks Helene! Helene’s website is here.

WIN! To be in the running for a copy of Shattered Sky (must be in Australia), comment below and tell us who YOU think should play Helene in a movie of her life. Prize will be drawn on Monday 12th December.

If you’d like to buy a signed copy for a Christmas present, or just for yourself, contact Helene.

Helene’s books are now available on Kindle too! Check them out here.

And now for Helene’s award…(drumroll)… Helene, you are an ‘Ultra-Brave Author’!!

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Posted on December 5, 2011, in Interviews, Ten Awkward Author Questions and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 26 Comments.

  1. Ahhh Helene, I’ve got news for you. No one wants a complete klutz for a pilot either – prompt or otherwise LOL. Hey, great giggle for a Monday Morning. As for who would play Helene. You are far too gorgeous and young to be played by Judi or Helen Mirren. I’d say Dianne Lane (amazing in Unfaithful with Richard Gere) or Julieanne Moore, or even Sandra Bullock to capture that great sense of humour.
    Sounds like I’m sucking up for that book. But no! I have it (and love it)

    Jenn (whose best trait is sincerity and who also pulls faces when she writes)

  2. Margareta Osborn

    Mmmm … now that is a difficult question. I’m looking for a blonde bombshell, with a gorgeous smile, a great sense of humor who is empathetic and altogether lovely. (And no I’m not sucking up either …) I have it! Our very own, Rebecca Gibney 🙂

  3. I’ve trained really, really hard to ensure I’m not a klutz in the aircraft, Jenn 🙂 And believe me, for a gal who’s been known to say ‘turn left’ while pointing right, it has been a herculean task!!

    Bless you for saying Judy or Helen are too old, but I love the character in their faces – not to mention their awesome acting talent. I adored Judy Dench in ‘As Time Goes By.’

    Having said that I’ll take any of your recommendations!! Have always been a Sandra fan 🙂

    And good to hear there are more face pulling writers!

  4. Helene, I’m in love with Ryan also…and I haven’t got to his own story yet lol. And as to who would play you in a movie…bugger that, I think you should play your own self. 🙂 Can’t wait to read Burning Lies!!

  5. Ooh, what fun! Thanks, ladies. I enjoyed this. Very glad to hear you’re not a klutz in the air, Helene!!

    And I’m voting for Rebecca Gibney to play you as well. Perfect!

    • Thanks for dropping by Cathryn. I try very hard to keep my kluztyness to myself in the aircraft. Glad you approve of Rebecca. Hubbie has just suggested it should be Helen Mirren as she’s prone to the odd topless shot… Not sure where he’s going with that… sigh… Perhaps he’s been harbouring a crush on Helen…

  6. Yep, Rebecca Gibney sounds just perfect! Now, who would be the leading man….

    • Hi Fleur, I’d love to think I could be as bubbly as Rebecca! As to the leading man??? Hubbie (reading over my shoulder while holding his glass of red) has bravely volunteered to play himself! The lure of playing opposite Rebecca is clearly a very large draw card 🙂

  7. They were absolutely fabulous questions, Juliette. 🙂

    Helene, I agree with Fiona, you are an amazing woman in your own right and I stand in awe of your abilities – so why not add superstar to the list?

  8. Sandy, now you’ve made me blush! I’ll enjoy the compliment, but women who have full time jobs, write, and raise families get the superstar tag from me!! I only have a staffie and a husband to run around after and they’re both well behaved – most of the time 😉

    And thanks for dropping by!

  9. What about Tracey Grimshaw ???

    Great interview …. I still have to read one of Helene’s books, but Wings of Fear is on the top of my list.

  10. Hi Iris, Tracey’s an enduring part of Aussie TV isn’t she!! It’s good to see she’s still on the screen – it feels as though women presenters are shuffled off earlier than their male counterparts. Hope you enjoy Wings of Fear 🙂

  11. What about Cate Blanchett??! I think she’d make a good Helene Young 🙂

    I loved Wings of Fear – looking forward to reading Shattered Sky!

    lol at you kissing your husband in unusual positions – sounds like a lot of fun 🙂

    • Hi Kez, Cate Blanchette is a wonderful actress! I’d love to have her cheek bones and ethereal air of goodness 🙂

      Glad you enjoyed Wings of Fear and hope you enjoy Lauren’s story in Shattered Sky.

      I think hubbie would be a little embarrassed if he read some of my blog posts… good job he doesn’t!!

  12. How about Jane Seymour? I grew up watching Doctor Queen Medicine Woman and find her ever since very inspirational.

    • Jane Seymour is another wonderful actress who brings something different to every role she plays. I don’t think I saw her in Dr Queen Medicine Woman though… Thanks for dropping by Mademoiselle.

  13. Hi Helen and Juliet!

    Lovely reading your answers to Juliet’s awkward questions, Helen.

    Helen is gorgeous, Juliet and I’d love to see her play herself in a movie about her life!

    Please so not enter me as I’m not in Australia, anyway!

  14. Thanks, Nas, but my acting talents are sadly lacking… The last play I performed in was thirty years ago…

    Hope you enjoy the rest of the ‘awkward questions’ Juliet’s lined up for her blog 🙂

  15. And…. Kez is the winner of Shattered Sky! Congratulations Kez, I’m emailing you now 🙂 Thanks Helene, was great hosting you on my blog 🙂

  16. Thanks, Juliet, for having me on your blog! It was fun chatting for the week. Congrats to Kez – hope you enjoy Shattered Sky!

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