For today’s interview, we are joined by Helena Fairfax, author of The Antique Love. Welcome to Books and Bindings!
Books and Bindings: Hi Helena, thank you again for joining us here for an interview. Tell us something about yourself and your background.
Helena: Hi, nice to meet you! I live in the north of England, very near the Yorkshire moons, where the Brontë sisters once lived. I go walking on the moons every day with my dog. They’re a great place for inspiartion.
Books and Bindings: Do you read much and if so, who are your favorite authors?
Helena: I love reading! My favorite authors are Jane Austen and Georgette Heyer, but I read pretty much anything.
Books and Bindings: Do you recall how your interest in writing started?
Helena: I started reading at a very young age, and I soon found out books are a great way to escape from the world into someone else’s imagination. I wanted to write stories of my own, so that I could thrill and entertain others in the same way.
Books and Bindings: When and where do you prefer to do your writing?
Helena: I have a routine! Rain or shine, my dog and I go for a long walk. Then we come home, have our breakfast, and she falls asleep whilst I sit at my desk and write. She’s a good companion 🙂
Books and Bindings: What inspired you to write your first book?
Helena: My first published book was set in Lyon, France. It’s a beautiful city, with fabulous old architecture, and a great street life. I worked there as an au pair many years ago, fell in love with the city, and wanted to make it the setting for my book.
Books and Bindings: Tell us something about The Antique Love.
Helena: The Antique Love is about a heroine who is imaginative and romantic, and a hero who has shut down his emotions because of events in his past. Through Penny, my hero Kurt comes alive, eventually revealing his inner passionate nature – in the most romantic way!
Books and Bindings: How did you come up with the title for your book?
Helena: I wanted Love to be in the title, because my hero Kurt refuses to believe in real love. And the Antique us because Penny runs an antique shop. I feel the two words combine together to give an impression of an age old eternal love.
Books and Bindings: Who is your favorite character from the book? Why?
Helena: Apart from Kurt and Penny (hero and heroine), I really like Penny’s grandfather, He tried his best to be all things to Penny, and is always there for her. He doesn’t always get it right, but he always champions Penny, no matter what.
Books and Bindings: How about your least favorite and what makes them less appealing to you?
Helena: Definitely David, Penny’s business partner. He is a bully, and Kurt, the hero, is going to bring about his downfall.
Books and Bindings: Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing your book and bringing it to life?
Helena: I want my story to seem as though the words have just flowed from my pen – but of course they haven’t! 🙁 Sometimes I write and rewrite whole passages until they seem “right”, and I can move on.
Books and Bindings: Could you share with us something you’ve learned from writing your book?
Helena: I did quite a bit of research for this book. The hero, Kurt, buys a house near Richmond Park in London. Richmond Park is the biggest park in the capital. When I researched, I found that it used to be just grassland, until a visit by Charles I in 1625. King Charles was escaping the plague in London. He enjoyed hunting the deer in Richmond, and decided to turn the grassland into a Royal Park. There are still deer in Richmond Park today – but no one hunts them anymore!
Books and Bindings: What are your thoughts on receiving book reviews (both the good and the bad)?
Helena: I love to have my book reviewed. If it’s a good review, I’m really pleased that someone has enjoyed the book. If it’s a bad review then I want to read it and find out just how I didn’t keep this reader entertained, and what I can do better in the future.
Books and Bindings: What can we except from you in the future?
Helena: I’ev almost finished my third book, which is a little adrker than the previous two. It concerns awidow, her child, and their growing relationship with a friend of the family.
Books and Bindings: Do you have any tips or advice for aspiring writers out there trying?
Helena: Yes, please persevere. If you enjoy writing, please just keep on. No matter how many rejections or knockbacks you get, one day you will get through.
Books and Bindings: And before you go, is there anything else you’d like to say to your readers?
Helena: Yes, I’d like to say thanks for buying my books. If you enjoy them, please let me know. I love to hear from people, and I can be contacted on my Facebook page or on Goodreads.
Thank you so much for taking the time from your busy schedule to do this interview and would you rather with us, it was fun!
Helena: Thanks for having me on your blog. It’s been really great fun!
About the Author:
Helena Fairfax was born in Uganda and came to England as a child. She’s grown used to the cold now and that’s just as well, because nowadays she lives in an old Victorian mill town in Yorkshire, right next door to windswept Brontë country. She has an affectionate, if half-crazed, rescue dog and together they tramp the moors every day—one of them wishing she were Emily Brontë, the other vainly chasing pheasants. When she’s not out on the moors you’ll find Helena either creating romantic heroes and heroines of her own or else with her nose firmly buried in a book, enjoying someone else’s stories. Her patient husband and her brilliant children support her in her daydreams and are the loves of her life.
Title: The Antique Love
Author: Helena Fairfax
Genre: Contemporary Romance
One rainy day in London, Wyoming man Kurt Bold walks into an antique shop off the King’s Road and straight into the dreams of its owner, Penny Rosas. Lively, spirited and imaginative, Penny takes this handsome stranger for a romantic cowboy straight from the pages of a book. Kurt certainly looks every inch the hero…but he soon brings Penny’s dreams to earth with a thump. His job is in the City, in the logical world of finance—and as far as Kurt is concerned, romance is just for dreamers. Events in his childhood have shown him just how destructive love can be. Now he’s looking for a wife, right enough, but what he wants is a marriage based on logic and rational decisions. Kurt treats Penny like he would his kid sister, but when he hires her to help refurbish his beautiful Victorian house near Richmond Park, it’s not long before he starts to realise it’s not just his home she’s breathing life into. The logical heart he has guarded so carefully all these years is opening up to new emotions, in a most disturbing way…