Interview with Helen Jones

What drives you to write?
I love the open-ended creativity in writing fiction and the opportunity non-fiction provides to re-present facts in my own way. I am still honing my writing skills, supported by great teachers who are themselves successful writers, and the process of writing is an important part of my daily life.
What is your favourite literary genre?
My favourite is the short story genre: you can portray events and characters in a way that allows the reader to have an experience of someone else's world, moral issues or life challenges, in a one-sitting time-frame that is not onerous.
Who are your favorite authors?
I enjoy the work of a range of writers, but gravitate to Australian authors for their ability to speak wonderful stories in settings that resonate. My favourites include Tim Winton, and I still remember the adventure of reading Cloudstreet; I love Helen Garner and her fabulous family characters in the feel of steel; and Joan London's wonderful journey in Gilgamesh. I enjoy other authors like Gail Tsukiyama and her introspection in The samurai's garden.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
I am new to Smashwords and I look forward to seeing where it takes me and my work.
Do you prefer print books or eBooks?
The feel of print books is a familiar one and I will always read them, but the world is changing. ebooks offer convenience and portability, and there are only so many books I can fit on my bookshelves!
What is your writing process?
I research, research, research, then put together a rough outline. I find the outline can morph into something only vaguely like the original, once I pull together the pieces of plot. Then I edit, rewrite repeatedly, and proofread. Then I leave it a while, come back and read the entire work again, sometimes changing the structure as I review. Then edit and proofread again, perhaps several times.
What are you working on next?
I am writing a biography of a country policeman in the late 19th century in rural Western Australia. The many changes that occurred in Australia in that period were the genesis of our current life in Australia.
How do you approach cover design?
I take the theme of the story and decide which aspect I will use as a focus for the cover. I try to bring in aspects that will make sense to the reader, but that also catch the eye. I play with colour and layout several times until I can view it as I think a new potential reader will on first glance, and am satisfied it will work in attracting readers. I check that the thumbnail is still effective in displaying the title and my name and then finalise the design.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
My inspiration is from family and friends, but life is an adventure and there is always more adventure just around the corner, even on a quiet day!
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I grow as much food as I can and have a very productive organic home garden. I also play the piano (badly), am learning Italian (thankfully not so badly now) and socialise with my wonderful family and friends.
Published 2017-10-09.
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Books by This Author

Fool's Gold
Price: Free! Words: 2,000. Language: English. Published: November 4, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Amateur sleuth
(5.00 from 2 reviews)
Angharad Morson has arrived in London to help find the killer of her ex-partner, art historian Bryce Davis, and to assist with the police investigation into the forgery of a Streeton landscape painting. Angharad had just begun a new life in Boston, planned before Bryce's death, but her position as fine arts consultant at Galerie d'Orsay is now in jeopardy