Past, Present, & Future with Helen Lacey

In celebration of the upcoming release of my debut novel, Fast Forward (see announcement here), welcome to the very first interview in my brand new blog segment: ‘Past, Present & Future’. Kicking things off is Harlequin romance author, Helen Lacey. Read on as I delve into her past, her present, and (bring out the crystal ball) her future!


1. When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?

I wrote my first book when I was seven years old, so I guess I’ve always known I would be a writer. It was a romance about two horses and was sixty four handwritten pages long.

2. What did you do before you became a writer?

Well, I can’t remember a time when I wasn’t a writer. But a couple of years before I was published my husband and I had a sea change so that I could write full time. Before that I worked as a manager in a department store.

3. What is one of your most treasured memories from the past?

When I was thirteen I got my first horse. I had wanted my own pony since I was a small child and the day my parents bought me my very first horse, whose name was Oakie, I felt as though all of my dreams had come true.


4. What’s your latest release about and/or what are you currently working on?

My latest book is my November release from Harlequin Special Edition called Marriage Under The Mistletoe. It’s a Christmas romance and was just so much fun to write. I have another release out in January called His-And-Hers Family and another book scheduled for the middle of 2013.

5. What’s a typical day like for you? (If there is such a thing!)

I write every day. I send my husband off to work around 6.30 am and then try to work on achieving 1500 words a day. Of course this depends on things such as edits and revisions or new releases etc. Around three every afternoon I head outside to spend a couple of hours with my animals, which include eight horse, three dogs, two cats, three birds and a house cow named Ginger.

6. Name three things you are grateful for in your life right now:

The wonderful life I share with my husband and family. That I have a career doing what I love. And most definitely my animals, as my pets, particularly my dogs and horses are a big part of who I am.


7. If you could fast forward in time to any age or year for just one day, what would you choose & why? I’d go to the day that was meant to be my last day and work out which of my dreams/plans hadn’t been achieved and then come back to the now and make sure I did everything I could to achieve those dreams.

8. If you could have any new technology or invention in the future that would make your life a whole lot easier (or more fun), what would it be? Oh, that’s easy – a robot to do housework.

9. What are your hopes & dreams for the future?

To stay happy. To surround myself with wonderful family and friends. To travel to Africa. To write books and create stories I can share with readers.

Thanks for joining me on the blog, Helen, and all the best for the future (I’ll have one of those housework robots too, please!)

Just in time for Christmas you can pick up Helen’s book, ‘Marriage Under The Mistletoe’ via these retailers:

Amazon     Amazon UK

B&N     Book Depository       Harlequin      Mills & Boon Aust

Visit Helen online:

Web        Facebook           Twitter          Author Page


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Posted on November 27, 2012, in Books, Interviews, Past Present & Future and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 16 Comments.

  1. Lovely interview, Helen and Juliet, and nice to share a glimpse into Helen’s life. I’m off to add to my Kindle Xmas reading pile right now 🙂
    Susanne Bellamy

  2. Hi Helen and Juliet. I always enjoy reading what Helen has to say. Looking forward to your new releases in the coming year Helen. And Juliet, congratulations on your upcoming release.

  3. Hi Helen and Juliet!

    I loved reading Helen’s Past, Present and Future! Congratulations on the release of Marriage Under the Mistletoe, Helen!

    And congratulations Juliet on your upcoming release! Looking forward to reading about it more!

  4. Hi Susanne – lovely to see you here. I hope you enjoy the book 🙂

  5. Wow Helen – you have a lot of animals!! I just manage to look after one little dog. I always like to read about how authors structure their day. I like to write to a word goal too. Thrilled about your release – Fast Forward!

  6. Thanks for being on the blog, Helen. I LOVE your answer about going into the future to your last day…hmmm… could be an idea for a sequel to my book somewhere in there!
    All the best for Marriage Under The Mistletoe, nothing like a good Christmas romance. And thanks all for the congrats! 🙂

  7. HI Maria – lovely to see you here and hope you enjoy the next release 🙂

    Hi Nas – thanks for dropping by and thanks for your congrat’s.

  8. Love your Fast Forward answer to go to your last day, Helen! Wouldn’t that be great 🙂

  9. Hi Helen, I’m looking forward to reading Marriage Under the Mistletoe. I love how many animals you have. Thank u for the behind the scenes peek.

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