Helena: Thanks for having me, Exquisite Quills!
I write contemporary romances, and that’s the genre I love to read, too. I live in the north of England, close to the Yorkshire moors, the home of the Brontë sisters. Every day I walk the moors with my rescue dog, taking in the wildlife and the changing seasons. It’s a wonderful location for finding romantic inspiration - and for dreaming up my next hero!
EQ: Tell us a little bit about your most recent release.
Helena: My most recent release is The Antique Love, which is set around London’s oldest park, in Richmond-on-Thames. Here’s the blurb:
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. 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.
But when Kurt hires Penny to help refurbish his 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…
My next novel is called A Way from Heart to Heart, and is due for release on 14th December.
Photo One. Richmond Park in London is the setting for The Antique Love. There’s a great sense of history behind this setting. It’s a Royal Park, and the oldest green space in London. I chose this location because my heroine, Penny, is an antique dealer. She loves to immerse herself in the past, and to picture how the people and places must have been in those days.
My hero, Kurt, is from Wyoming, and misses the space and the great outdoors. Richmond Park is the perfect place for the two of them to get to know one another!
If you’d like to know more about this wonderful park, and some more photos, I have some more about its history here on my blog: http://helenafairfax.com/2013/08/16/richmond-park-incorporating-setting-in-the-theme-of-your-novel/
Photo Two. These are the Yorkshire moors, near where I live in the north of England, and where I walk every day. You can see from the photo what a beautiful place it can be. I took this photo in the summer. In the winter, the moors are bleak and harsh, but I love the dramatic landscape, which features so strongly in Wuthering Heights.
I’ve made the moors part of the setting for my next novel, A Way from Heart to Heart, which will be released in December. The heroine takes a group of disadvantaged teenage girls from London on a trip there. It was fun to write the location from their eyes, and it makes a dramatic backdrop to the hero and heroine’s growing relationship.
Photo Three. If I didn’t live near the moors, I’d love to live on the coast in England. I usually spend Christmas on the south coast, and this photo is of my step-daughter, walking along the Cobb in Lyme Regis, Dorset. The Cobb is a wall that protects the harbour, and it features in the film The French Lieutenant’s Woman, where Meryl Streep stares dramatically out to sea, and also plays a big part in one of the scenes in Jane Austen’s Persuasion – one of my favourite books of all time!
The seaside is the perfect setting for a romance, and I have a few ideas for stories going around in my mind that I’d really like to explore.
Photo Four. This is how I write, and this is my rescue dog, Lex. My constant companion whilst I’m writing and dreaming up stories, and my greatest fan :)
I hope you liked my photos. If you’re interested in seeing more, or finding out more about me and my books, please check out my blog at www.helenafairfax.com; or you can like my Facebook page, where I post lots of pictures of the moors throughout the seasons, https://www.facebook.com/HelenaFairfax; or else follow me on Twitter https://twitter.com/HelenaFairfax
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