Helen Lacey answers Juliet’s Ten Awkward Author Questions!

In this 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 Helen Lacey to the blog!


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!)

I have to say my first book, Made For Marriage – because if these two people hadn’t met and fallen in love, then the next six books in my series might never have been written.


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. 

Cheerful. (Or at least I like to think so)


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.

I am an absolute klutz. If there’s a ditch, I’ll fall in it, if there’s mud, I’ll slip over.


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

I just finished writing book five in my series and absolutely fell in love with the hero. He was a doctor with a painful past and I just loved him. Although, I thinks it’s important to fall a little in love with my hero every time a start a new book. If I want readers to love him, I need to love him first.


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

Sometimes I do, especially to get the rhythm of the dialogue right.


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

Constantly! Coming up with ideas is one of my favourite things, so talking about it, even to myself, makes it all the more fun.


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

Hmmm. Tough question. I’d like to have Charisma Carpenter, because I think she’d make a great cheerful klutz 🙂


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

I’d like to be Jo March from Little Women. She was spunky and spirited and had an amazing imagination. She longed to be a writer and  it would be great to experience being that driven by a dream in those long ago days.


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

A pen and notepad that never runs out.


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

To be tolerant and not judge others. And to read more books, of course.


Thanks for taking part in my Ten Awkward Author Questions, Helen. You have achieved Ultra-Brave Author status on the Braveometer!




Check out Helen’s book, MADE FOR MARRIAGE:

Equestrian Callie Jones was used to difficult parents at her riding school. But Noah Preston took the cake.

How dare he question her teaching abilities, after his headstrong daughter paid no heed to rules—her teacher’s or her father’s?

Single dad Noah was ready to apologize for overreacting. But he wasn’t sorry for the way the stunning American riding instructor made him feel. And he soon learned that there was more to Callie than her smarts, sass and fire: a shattered heart that threatened to splinter even further. Could he make her see that he—and his family—were for keeps?

Buy Links:

Harlequin   Amazon        Amazon UK      Book Depository

Helen Lacey on the web:

Website     Facebook     Twitter     Blog           Helen’s Page at RomanceWiki


For full itinerary on Helen’s Celebration tour check out Helen Lacey- Author Page.


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Posted on February 27, 2012, in Interviews, Ten Awkward Author Questions and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 14 Comments.

  1. I’d want the endless supply of ;books first and then the writing material. I reckon that the stories going around in my head and the voices will start speaking again, but I must be able to read, read, read.

    • I’m a bit with Maria. Mind you, I’d need the writing material. Can’t I have two choices?? And I’m a punctuality freak as well as the klutz thing.

      • Helen, glad I’m not the only klutz around! My husband marvels at how I alway manage to trip, fall or slip. Only yesterday I slipped in the mud while feeding our horses 🙂

  2. Hi Thakur Yash Purohit – thanks for stopping by 🙂

  3. Hi Maria! Great to see you here. I’m with you. I love books and read when I can. But to have a pen and paper would be a must for me. They are some great questions Juliet’s got going.

    PS – Maria, I think you won a book from when you visited Laura O’Connell’s blog a while back. If you contact me via my web page I’ll make sure you get it 🙂

  4. Awesome interview I adored the questions ! Thanks for a really interesting interview !


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

  6. Read more books! Yay! Awesome advice! LOL

    Fun interview, Helen and Juliet! Helen… are you a Sagittarian? As a fellow clutz, you have my sympathy!


  7. I’d like to say a big thank you to Juliet for having me on her blog. Her questions were fun to answer.

  8. A BIG thank you Helen for being brave and taking part in the Ten Awkward Author Questions! I loved reading your answers, and had a little giggle at the slipping on mud and falling into ditches bit, I have a character who always has those things happen to her!

    All the best with your book, it was nice to have you on the blog! 🙂

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