And last but not least, I’m chatting with Helga Jensen on Meet the Author. We’re talking inspiration, Robson Green, safety demonstrations, her debut book, Twice in a Lifetime, and more…..
What inspired you to start writing, and where do you get your ideas?
My love of reading and writing began as a child when I devoured Enid Blyton books. I was lucky that my mother encouraged reading from a young age, so I read many beautiful books. Being half Danish, we also spent time in Denmark, where I would visit Hans Christian Andersen’s house and buy books from there. They would have a special stamp, which was very precious. So, I guess I always had a childhood dream to be an author because of this. My ideas come from everywhere. Having been cabin crew in the Middle East and living overseas, I have had so many different experiences that there is always something that inspires me.
How many books have you written and published?
My first book, Twice in a Lifetime, has just been released. My second romantic comedy set on a beautiful island in Denmark will be out around Spring 2022.
Which of your characters would you want to be stranded on an island with, and why?
Jamie in Twice in a Lifetime, I think. He’s so kind and lovely. If you got into trouble, you know that he would be the one to save you. I basically built up the perfect man.
As a child, what did you want to do when you grew up?
I wanted to be an air hostess and would make everyone watch me do a safety demonstration if my parents had visitors. Poor things! As I mentioned, I also wanted to be an author. I had two dreams and was very fortunate that both dreams came true.
If you could give your younger writing self any advice what would it be?
Not to stress. The success of getting a book published would come when it was ready. Just practice, write the silliest stories and have fun with your writing. Your day will come when you least expect it.
What’s your favourite film of all time and why?
Like the character of Amelia in Twice in a Lifetime, it would have to be Sliding Doors. I love how the choices we make (and those around us) define our lives.
Do you believe in love at first sight?
Absolutely. I do believe that you can look at someone, your eyes meet, and you know they are The One.
What is the funniest thing that’s ever happened to you?
I’m not sure if it’s funny, but I did see the funny side when I calmed down a bit. I have a bit of a Robson Green obsession. He is even mentioned in Twice in a Lifetime. So it has become a bit of a joke amongst my friends. One day my friend was trying to ring me, but I didn’t answer the phone in time. It was the day before my birthday, and she had bumped into Robson on the street. She told him how much I adored him and tried to ring me so he could speak to me. I missed the call, and this has been a bit of a joke ever since. I will never forget the day I missed Robson’s phone call. Robson, if you’re reading this, please can you call back?!
What is your favourite genre to read and why?
I’m towards the end of my Creative Writing MA, and it’s been fascinating to read all different genres. Previously I was more of a rom-com reader, but I have been surprised by some of the books I read for the course. I am no longer sure that I have a favourite genre, if the story is compelling, I am happy to read it.
What was the best thing about writing Twice in a Lifetime?
I loved writing Twice in a Lifetime. I loved spending time with the characters and the setting. It wasn’t ever really a chore as I had so much fun bringing the characters and their experiences to life. I think most of the time was spent in the study laughing so much that I was often asked if I was okay!
And finally, tell us about your most recent book and where we can find it?
Twice in a Lifetime is the story of Amelia, an ordinary mother whose life is turned upside down by her divorce. By day she tries to be the best mother she can, but when the kids have gone to bed, she turns to Nutella and Pinot Grigio.
Amelia needs some magic back in her life. So when she finds the phone number given to her twenty years ago by a handsome stranger in New York, Amelia wonders whether he might be The One That Got Away.
Amelia’s friend, Sian, has a habit of getting carried away, so she decides to launch a worldwide hunt to find the handsome stranger Amelia met outside Tiffany’s two decades ago. Amelia finds herself on a flight to the Big Apple to reconnect with her ‘Perfect Patrick’. But is he really the one for her? Or is there someone closer to home?
Massive thanks to Helga for coming and chatting to us. I”m REALLY hoping Robson Green is reading and will get in touch!
If you have any comments or questions for Helga then you know what to do!
Have a wonderful day and I’ll be back tomorrow