A virtual cup of Tea with... is back! Today I welcome Helen J Rolfe to my blog
Thank you so much for taken part in my feature a " A Virtual Cup of Tea with..." Here are my questions for you:
Can you tell me something we readers/bloggers don't know about you yet? :)
My debut novel, The Friendship Tree, wasn't my first attempt at a full novel. I wrote another which I still have somewhere. It went through the Romantic Novelists' Association New Writers' Scheme and my report was very long. It was advised I put the novel to one side and start another, which I did. It was a big learning curve to write a book and I think it's easy to forget how much work it takes to get there.
Do you prefer Tea or Coffee when you write/ read?
I mostly drink water when I'm writing although I love a hot chocolate every day too. I don't drink coffee at all, but I have recently developed a liking for fruit teas so I'm working my way through lots of different flavours. I also have a weakness for Diet Coke but try not to have it more than a few times a week.
Is writing books your dream profession?
It wasn't until I started studying a Masters in Writing that I realised how much I enjoyed writing fiction. Apart from the 'novel' I wrote in my teens (which I wish I'd kept for comedy value!) I didn't think much about fiction and the desire developed over time after leaving the I.T. profession, working freelance for magazines and a stint as a media assistant.
Do you have any writing rituals?
I always have colourful notebooks at hand. When I start a new novel I plan the book and write research notes in a large notebook, as well as character profiles I can refer back to. Then, in a smaller one I make chapter notes as I go along so I can watch out for any pitfalls in the plot.
Where is your favourite place to write?
I always write at a desk facing the wall! It sounds so dull but it suits me for now. My dream location would be at a table outside in an outdoor room so away from the heat of the sun, but overlooking the ocean.
Where do you find writing inspiration?
Absolutely everywhere! Conversations I may hear, things I may see or read about. Ideas pop up at the oddest of times!
Who is your most favourite author/writer and why.
I will always love Enid Blyton from my childhood and then Judy Blume from my teenage years. I loved absorbing myself in the worlds they created. There are so many authors I love reading now. Any author who can write women's fiction with a bit of love, a little drama, and a Happy Ever After (or at least a Happy For Now), gets my vote! I'm really enjoying Sarah Morgan's books at the moment.
What was one of the most surprising things you learned in creating your books?
I was surprised I could write that many words! My books are between 70k and 90k and even now it amazes me that I can have all those words and tell a big story.
Find out more about Helen and her writing world here!
The Books; Amazon UK
Books on a #BlogTour
Professional Reader Badge
On my reading shelf in autumn #amreading