Interview with A.E. Hellstorm

What do your fans mean to you?
They mean everything. Without my fans I would feel very lonely. I love their involvement and commitment and if I can reward that I'll gladly do it. In 'Of Darkness Born' I've let my first fan create a character that will have a significant role and change how Henry views himself and his life.
What are you working on next?
I'm working on the third book in the Field Researcher's series: 'Of Darkness Born'. It is set in 1973 when Henry is 21 years old and just graduated Star Students, becomes part of a Field Researcher Team, and gets involved in his first Research Project.
Who are your favorite authors?
There are so many authors out there that I love. It's impossible to name all of them. I really enjoy Emily Brontë, Salman Rushdie, Katharine Kerr, plus many Swedish authors that had a great impact on me when I was a child and a teenager, like Inger Edelfeldt, Maria Gripe, Selma Lagerlöf, Gustaf Fröding, Dan Andersson... So, so, so many...
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Curiosity of what comes next in my life. My love for my husband, children, and cats. The itching in my fingers to write. All my wonderful characters who want me to write their stories.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I'm spending most of my time with my children and my husband, but if there are any time left I try to read a book. I have to admit that that part is sadly enough very rare nowadays.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
At the moment I try to read the books written by my Goodreads colleagues from SIA. There are many talented people there. You should go check them out.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes, I was seven years old and wrote poetically about my summer in a notebook that I just gotten for my birthday.
What is your writing process?
There is no writing process per se. The beginning of the story shows up in my head. I write it, it takes my hand and leads me on. Usually I have no idea where we're going to end up. That leads me very often to exclamations like: 'No way, you did WHAT?' when one or another of my characters decides to do something really stupid or dangerous...
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
The first story I ever read on my own must have been 'Five on a Treasure Island' by Enid Blyton. I loved that series; the adventures and the bravery, the friendship between the children and the to the dog Timmy, and I identified myself so much with George. It made me want to experience adventures like that myself and it sparked my imagination a lot. After that I always imagined myself being in an adventure like that every time I played.
How do you approach cover design?
I usually try to capture a specific scene in the books, and then I take my camera and either have a photo session with a model or I find an object that works for what I want to show. I try to experiment with geometrical lines and with colours as well.
Describe your desk
That is a most interesting question. My desk is usually quite messy. There are notes and sheets of paper laying around with information about the Field Researchers, lots of books on Greek mythology, a small wooden house my daughter built on which I've put two small red octopi on the roof as a mascot for my writing, lots of pens and pencils, some photos... and of course whatever my children decide that I need for the day.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I was born in Sweden, but I spent years of my childhood in Portugal and Greece. Together with the many Swedish cities my mother decided that we had to move to, I've seen a lot of different places and met many different people and been introduced to several different cultures. I think this has given me a wider perspective on where people come from and how their backgrounds forms them into who they are and how they think. It has also taught me not to judge. It is very important for me to be open-minded.
When did you first start writing?
As soon as I learned how to hold a pencil and form letters into words.
Published 2015-10-13.
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Books by This Author

Series: The Field Researchers, Book 2. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 203,480. Language: English. Published: August 20, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Weird fiction, Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
FBI-agent Carl Hansen has seen too much of the darkness, too much of things that shouldn’t exist, that nobody would believe, and he longs for a break, but instead of the quiet and peaceful life he wishes for, he once again gets dragged back into pandemonium and turmoil.
In the Hands of the Unknown
Series: The Field Researchers, Book 1. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 85,040. Language: English. Published: August 6, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Occult, Fiction » Horror » Crime
The dead girl in the morgue wasn’t more than ten years old. As a Field Researcher within the FBI, agent Miriam Goldblum has seen many tragic deaths, but this girl… she was special. She had been eaten alive from the inside.