The world thinks that pop superstar Kiara Anderson has it all, but she spends her nights drinking away memories of her childhood and life as a teen runaway.
The Jacobs family are desperate to see the girl next door again and discover why she ran away, especially their son Shane, who blames himself for her disappearance.
When Kiara’s manager forces her into a reveal-all TV interview she knows the family she loved more than her own will finally discover the truth.
Can she overcome her demons or will the shadows of the past rob her of fame, fortune, and a chance to finally fall in love?
Thanks for the interesting set of questions! 😊
– When and where do you prefer to write?
Anywhere and anytime I can – when I wrote Star in the Shadows I would get up at 5am to write before work, then write on the train, then at lunchtime, and then in the evenings too. Now I have a six month old baby I have very little time to write so I grab it when I can. I’m writing the answer to this question at 6am before he wakes up!
– Do you have a certain ritual?
As long as my laptop works I’m good to go
– Is there a drink of some food that keeps you company while you write?
When I’m in the zone, I get so engrossed in writing that I don’t eat until afterwards. I have to remind myself to drink water to make sure I don’t get dehydrated!
– What is your favourite book?
That’s such a difficult question! I find it impossible to choose just one, but the book I have always been happy to read again and again is Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier. One of the most beautifully written books I’ve ever read was The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt.
– Do you consider writing a different genre in the future?
I started writing a crime novel but I couldn’t get very far with it. The other three novels I have written or have in mind are all contemporary women’s fiction.
– Do you sometimes base your characters on people you know?
Yes sometimes! The character of Alicia is loosely inspired by a girl I knew at school. The Honduran characters in my novel are also inspired by people I knew when I lived in Honduras for a few years. I’ll often name characters after people I know even when the character itself isn’t based on them.
– Do you take a notebook everywhere in order to write down ideas that pop up?
I often use my iphone to note down ideas and questions on the go.
– Which genre do you not like at all?
I’ve never really read fantasy books or much sci fi although I love sci fi films
– If you had the chance to co-write a book. Whom would it be with?
I’d love to have the opportunity to work with Donna Tartt, or Catherine Cookson if she were still alive, as I loved her books when I was younger.
– If you should travel to a foreign country to do research, which one would you chose and why?
I’d choose Nepal. I’ve always wanted to go there, and the vast mountains of the Annapurna sanctuary would certainly be inspirational!
Thank you, Helen Buckley and Rachel’s Random Resources.
About the author
Helen has spent over thirteen years working and volunteering for charities in the UK and abroad, including four years in Honduras. She currently works as a charity communications manager and lives in Bedfordshire with her husband and son.
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