Helena Newbury is a New Adult Romance author with a love of bakingly hot summer days, strawberry gelato, good coffee and interesting people. Unlike the characters in her books, Helena cannot dance, act or play anything (though she is substantially more flexible since she started writing Dance For Me and tried doing dancer’s stretches, so she’s hoping that something will rub off on her from each book).
Helena writes in a very noisy, very busy coffee shop which means she sometimes end up mainlining caffeine to keep her seat. You’ll know when this happens because she’ll still be on Twitter that night at 4am.
She loves meeting and talking with other authors, traveling to new places and discovering new books. You can find her on:
If you were stuck on a deserted island, would you rather have with you a book, a banjo, a pineapple or a cinnamon scented candle with you? How would you use it?
I feel I should say “book”, but actually I think I’d take the banjo and try to learn it. As long as I could convince myself I’d mastered it, there’d be no one to burst my bubble.
What is a book that you secretly adore?
Oh, okay, as long as it’s secret and this isn’t going to wind up on some blog somewhere. Any of the 1980s bonkbusters (Jackie Collins, Jilly Cooper). I have a big stash of them.
If you could go back in time for one day, where would you go?
Ancient Rome, for the baths and the clothes.
Which book did you have the most fun writing?
In Harmony, specifically the Jasmine Sex 101 scene.
Have you ever been to Disney World/ Land and if so what was your favorite thing to do?
Yes, and Pirates of the Caribbean.
Which character from your books do you feel is most like you?
Oh, Karen. Easy call. Slam dunk, I’m Karen (except without the talent).
What is your favorite book setting?
I’m a sucker for really hot places in America – Texas, for example. Something about the desert sun, beads of sweat on the hero’s brow, the chink of cold bottles of beer in the cooler – all that stuff.
Describe your book in 18 words or less.
Sheltered cellist hates, lusts for then loves bad boy guitarist, must choose between her future and him.
Bonus: If the world was taken over by pigs, would you side with them or form a rebellion. If you form a rebellion, what literary characters would you want on your side?
I’d totally side with the pigs. I’d be rounding you up into giant human sties and helping pigs with the things they had problems with, like opening jars.
Literary good boys or bad boys? Bad boys
Vanilla or Chocolate? Chocolate
Favorite Holiday? Italy
Cats or Dogs? Cats
Soul mates or Love triangles? Soul mates
Coffee or tea? Coffee