Interview with Helma Pietsch

What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
My Tiger, a selfish, domineering cat, staring at me, ready for his breakfast. Also all the kookaburras, sitting in the old gum tree. Their noisy spectacle can be extremely annoying at 5am in the summer months. I've an agreement with my next door neighbour, he will not practise shooting towards their directions as long as I keep feeding them raw kangaroo meat, to keep them quiet. It is really dog food, but the birds don't know that. Trying to sleep in is impossible, when 6 noisy kookaburras are determent to compete with each other in the spectacle.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I like watching old fashion romantic/comedy movies. My spare time is devoted to the local animal welfare/rescue organisation and all unwanted presents from my last birthday or Christmas will finish up on their shelves. I'm volunteering for a senior citizen organisation, where I try to teach mature writers the do and don'ts on how to write their own biography, before many memories are fading away. Otherwise grandchildren never would understand the reason for a glory box and the grandfather's slogan; no money in the drawer makes the love fly out of the window.
What do you read for pleasure?
The weekend paper with the real estate market. Unfortunately the cooking section in the same paper could be in the near future my financial downfall. Similar to a car full speed down the hill, without any brakes. No matter what I try, bake, fry, whatever, I feed the lot to the chooks next door. My kitchen needed a major upgrade for all the different pots, utensils and electrical appliances, plus a larger pantry and fridge, for all the partly used ingredients, which is now well designed for a family of four people, whenever I decide to sell my house.
How do you approach a cover design?
It is the first impression for a book. I always get it done by a professional, Miss Mae, from Mark's list at Smashwords. The title is also important. From looking at a cover, it should indicate the category, whatever the book is about.
Describe your desk
Messy, 2 mobile tea-trolleys, large, each one with a laptop on top, stack of papers and notes piled around, printer on 2nd trolley shelf, bottom shelf more mess and printing paper. Both trolleys at an 90 degree angle to each other and me in between on my stool. I like to sit straight without comfort and without slouching.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Germany with classical books, many books, the complete collection of Tolstoy, Goethe, Schiller, Lessing, Kleist, Voltaire, Dumas, Shakespeare. Radio and television were frown upon, instead it was always an annual booking for the opera, ballet and drama, which is reflecting in my writing.
What's the story behind your latest book?
I am working on a book to explain in detail 'How to be wealthy and happy, without winning the Lotto or robbing a bank', but I probably call it 'Sex will open doors'.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I don't know if my writing is good or lousy and I'm not a person waiting patiently for a publisher to be gracious enough to publish my book. I also believe it is not right for an author to pay $1,000s only to see their own book printed and then hoping for people to buy it. Many publishers will take your money up-front, so more so better, by polishing up your expectation of success. Smashwords' e-book is different, no false promises, no contracts, no costs involved. Perfect for me to write about my angst in life, without paying a fortune to a psychiatrist and if someone likes my stories, I thank you.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
Hans Christian Anderson's story 'The Little Match Girl' made me cry. I'm a true softy at heart, no matter what people's opinion is about me and my lifestyle. When I was 4 years old, I saw the movie 'Bambi' and when he called for his Mama, I went hysterical, cried out loud, unable to stop, my mother had to leave with me the cinema.
Published 2016-07-21.
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Books by This Author

Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 24,920. Language: Commonwealth English. Published: December 16, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Women's fiction » Chick lit
She died and did not like it. Unfortunately, this was only one of her new problems. How to be a ghost; it turned out to be the major challenge for her, when there is no instruction book and no voice is whispering some rules and regulations. It could happen to you.
Money Can't Buy It
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 86,140. Language: British English. Published: April 15, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
Three brothers had only in common the family motto 'Plenty of money can fix anything' and they were convinced that love was a meaningless word, an overrated useless emotion, until a nymph with red curly hair turned their non-existing family life into turmoil, a lisping blond Aphrodite created new English words and an unapproachable bachelor became a sentimental romantic man.
How To Lie Sincerely
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 146,810. Language: British English. Published: December 29, 2013. Categories: Nonfiction » Biography » Personal memoir, Nonfiction » Biography » Personal memoir
This biography is revealing an insider report about the deceitful techniques in the slimming industry, also the reason a scientist disappeared permanently, when he researched cosmetic products, also revealing different facts about the way Marilyn Monroe died; Helena's life in Paris, while is mingling with the European high-society, until she is escaping to Australia.
Kissing The Wind
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 71,390. Language: British English. Published: July 12, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
The subtitle could be 'How To Deflate A Modern Casanova's Ego'. Thirty year old Fabian is filthy rich, obnoxious and egoistic, with the only positive aspect of him being damn good looking. He only likes things, not people, until Jasmine turns his world upside-down without her knowing it. His sex life is completely ruined after she kissed him.
The Wind Never Smiles
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 82,610. Language: British English. Published: November 29, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Women's fiction » General, Fiction » Women's fiction » General
Helena is a huntress and prefers using men for one night only. She comes across the unemotional and extremely self-controlled Vince, who ticks all the right boxes for her, but he only wants her as a companion while he is introducing her to the European high-society. In Paris she is experiencing the difference between sex and making love in a big way.
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 37,870. Language: British English. Published: July 25, 2012. Categories: Nonfiction » Biography » Autobiographies & Memoirs, Nonfiction » Relationships and Family » Ethics & morals
'Unforgiving' could be subtitled, 'How to get away with different murder techniques' and explains the circumstances, which can turn a young woman into a merciless killing machine.
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 68,060. Language: British English. Published: May 18, 2012. Categories: Nonfiction » Biography » Autobiographies & Memoirs
The mysterious Mister Vincente introduced Helena to the international high society, while showing her how to enjoy wealth beyond comprehension. She started the biggest food fight in Rabat, also a commotion at the 'Monte Carlo' casino and on a flight to Las Vegas, she had an argument with Yves Saint Laurent about a new perfume - all unintentional - as with most of her experiences.
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 24,510. Language: English. Published: March 17, 2012. Categories: Nonfiction » Biography » Autobiographies & Memoirs, Nonfiction » Relationships and Family » Family relationships
True events in Europe from 1958 to the middle of 1960, narrated into a humorous and romantic story, also disclosing the background of a scientific discovery, which was then never revealed to the public.