Good morning lovelies. I hope you get to enjoy some of this lovely weather today (obviously whilst staying away from others!). This morning I’m delighted to have the absolutely lovely Helena Dixon on Meet the Author. She’s talking to us about the comparison on book writing & child birth, being married for 35 years, what charities she supports, the thing she can’t live without (here’s a clue……it begins with a c!) and her most recent book, Murder at Enderley Hall which was released on Friday!
How many books have you written and published?
This actually took me a while to work out! I think I’ve had 30 different titles published now. These include short novellas and full-length books. The majority are under my Nell Dixon writing name as they are more romance focused. My Helena Dixon books are historical cozy crime.
How long does it take you to write a book?
Writing a full-length book with all the different edits and rewrites takes about as long as a pregnancy! Sometimes I write quickly, other stories take that little bit longer.
What other jobs have you done other than being an author?
I’ve had lots of different jobs. I’m a registered nurse, midwife and health visitor. I’m also a nurse prescriber. I’ve worked as a waitress and in food prep. I’m a qualified shoe fitter and have worked in retail for large supermarkets. I’ve run toddler and playgroups and worked in land conservation and reclamation.
Other than writing, what else do you enjoy doing?
I love architecture especially cathedral architecture. Old buildings fascinate me, and I love to visit interesting places. I also enjoy being in the countryside and by the sea. I love music, theatre and ballet.
What is the best thing you’ve done in your life so far?
Marrying my husband, we met at school and have been married for 35 years this year. That, and having our three lovely daughters
You win a million pounds – you give half to charity. Which charity do you pick and why?What would you do with the rest of the money?
I’ve always had several charities that I support on an ongoing basis. I would give the money to the RNLI which is the Royal National Lifeboat Institution. They are made up of volunteers who risk their own lives to save the lives of others at sea off the UK coast. They do an amazing job. The rest of the money I would give some to my family and then the other charities I support would get some. That would be my local hospice, Mary Stevens Hospice and the Fertility Network which supports people struggling to start a family.
What is something you can’t live without?
This was another difficult question. Everyone who knows me knows I am totally dependent on coffee so I think they will expect that to be my answer.
What is your favourite time to write, and why?
I like to write late afternoons and evenings after I’ve dealt with everything else during the day and I can give my full attention to creating my 1930’s world.
AND FINALLY, TELL US ABOUT YOUR MOST RECENT BOOK AND WHERE WE CAN FIND IT?
Murder at Enderley Hall – released 19.3.20
An escape to the country… ends in death.
Summer 1933. Fresh from the discovery that she has family living nearby, Kitty Underhay has packed her carpet bag, commandeered a chambermaid and set off on a visit to stately Enderley Hall. She’s looking forward to getting to know her relatives, as well as the assembled group of house guests. But when elderly Nanny Thoms is found dead at the bottom of the stairs after papers of national importance are stolen, Kitty quickly learns that Muffy the dog’s muddy paws on her hemline are the least of her problems.
Calling on ex-army captain Matthew Bryant for assistance, Kitty begins to puzzle out the mystery. And when more shocking murders follow, the stakes are raised for the daring duo as never before. Which of the guests stand to gain from the theft of the documents? And which, as the week progresses, stand to lose their lives?
A charming cozy historical murder mystery that fans of Agatha Christie, T.E. Kinsey and Lee Strauss won’t be able to put down!
‘Endearing, engaging characters; and a fast-moving plot line filled with unexpected twists and turns. This is a whodunit that you will not want to put down till it’s done!’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars
‘I loved this cosy mystery. There were many twists and turns and I couldn’t wait to find out the identity of the perpetrator behind the crimes. I look forward to reading more in this series.’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars
‘Gripping from the very first page. It was quite difficult to put the book down… Very deserving of 5 stars and more.’ NetGalley reviewer, 5 stars
more about helena
Helena Dixon splits her time between the Black Country and Devon. Married to the same man for over thirty five years she has three daughters, a cactus called Spike, a crazy cockapoo and a tank of tropical fish. She is allergic to adhesives, apples, tinsel and housework. Her addictions of choice are coffee and reality TV. She was winner of The Romance Prize in 2007 and Love Story of the Year 2010 as Nell Dixon. She now writes historical 1930’s set cozy crime. Nell enjoys hearing from readers and you can read her news and contact her via her website
final words from chelle…..
Thank you so much Helena for this wonderful interview. I think anyone reading this will agree how clear it is that Helena is an amazing lovely and caring person! Congratulations on 35 years of marriage, that is a fantastic accomplishment. As is writing and publishing 30 books! It’s also lovely to see that you support some fantastic and worthwhile charities.
Finally Murder at Enderley Hall sounds fantastic! And is yet another book I will be adding to my wish list!
If you have any questions/comments for Helena make sure you get in touch!
Have a lovely and safe day my friends.