Morning all. It’s Wednesday already! Today I’m on the book birthday blitz for Disarming the Wildest Warrior and am thrilled to bring you a Q&A with author Helen Louise Cox…..enjoy my lovelies! Happy book birthday Helen!
disarming the wildest warrior
Title: Disarming the Wildest Warrior
Author: Helen Louise Cox
Genre:Steamy historical romance novella
Estimated page count: 181
Formats available: Hardback,Paperback, Audiobook and eBook
Publisher: Helen Cox Books (30 Jun. 2020)
Tour organised by: Rachel’s Random Resources
No more English tea parties with her father’s medical colleagues for Gilda Griffiths. She left those behind for the open Virginia plains and plans to leave the East Coast too before a violent figure from her past catches up with her. When Williamsburg bully, Emmett Lawson assaults an elderly Shawnee chief however Gilda feels compelled to use her medical background to nurse him, despite the vocal protests of his embittered yet devastatingly handsome son.
Blue Sky knows his destiny is written in blood. If his father dies it will fall to him to keep the Shawnee people alive and safe from the cruelty of the white settlers who slaughtered his mother. Nothing can distract him from his duty until Gilda hustles her way into his life. How can this woman penetrate the armour he spent so long constructing with a single glance? And why is he tortured by thoughts of making her his?
While Gilda and Blue Sky grapple with their forbidden attraction, the dark threat Gilda fears most moves ever closer across the Atlantic. Can Gilda and Blue Sky put their pasts behind them and ride together towards a future neither of them believed could be theirs?
10% of all profits from this book will be donated to the Native American Heritage Association on an annual basis.
q&A with Helen Louise Cox
Romance, Fairytale and Mystery
Tell us a bit about yourself:
I’m a Yorkshire-born novelist and poet with a daily craving for Diet Coke and a tendency to narrate the thoughts of passing dogs. I don’t know why. Haley Joel Osment saw dead people, I hear dog thoughts.
I live with my husband by the sea in Sunderland where I write books and teach classes on creative writing.
What inspired you to start writing?
I’ve always written stories. I think I was always curious about the world and what might lie beyond it. I decided at the age of six that I wanted to be a writer. My working class parents were devastated that their first born child was going to be a starving artist. I tried a few other jobs on for size including banking, clothes retail and hospitality. Though these were all very sensible and set my parents’ minds at ease, I wasn’t happy. So I went back to writing. Gradually building to the point where more and more of my week was spent doing it. And now I do that full time.
How many books have you written and published?
Between non-fiction, poetry and fiction it’s now…. twenty books. My goodness. But some of those are very tiny. Like my poetry books are pamphlets and I’ve written some short non-fiction and novellas. When it comes to full-length novels, we’re talking eight books.
Which book, out of all the books you have written, is your favourite and why?
Hmmm! That’s a tricky one. I would say it was probably the first fiction book I wrote: Starlight in New York. It’s not that it’s my best fiction book (how could it be, it was my first?) but I learnt so much writing it and the reviews I got were on the whole very pleasing. So I think it gave me the confidence that, yes, this was something I could do. So those characters and that story will always be special for me because it’s really the space in which I learned to write fiction.
How do you choose the names of your characters?
I like to research the meaning of a name. So I’ll look for names that are a fit for that character’s personality or can be used in an ironic sense. Sometimes, they literally just come to you and you know they sound good. Have some kind of musicality to them. But that’s quite a rare gift after you’ve been writing for a while so usually it’s about research.
Which of your characters would you want to be stranded on an island with, and why?
Hmmm… I think it would probably be Sir Pierce Carlyle. Who appears in my book Once Upon a Rugged Knight. He’s deeply protective of Maddie, the heroine in that story and feeling safe is a big deal to me. Plus, he is from the medieval era so I’d learn lots about history from him. The fact that he’s a bit of a dish is just a happy coincidence.
Who is your favourite author and which of their books is your favourite, and why?
My favourite book is The Princess Bride by William Goldman. I’ve read it every year since I was 21. I think I will read it every year until I die. So I think, by proxy, that makes him my favourite author. Even though there are many others I admire.
What is the first thing you can remember writing?
Sadly, I don’t have to remember it. My mother kept it. It’s a fantasy short story that runs about three pages and is a blatant rip off of the Wizard of Oz – which I probably watched the day before writing it. I’m always terrified my mother will learn to use a scanner and make it freely available to the internet at large. I suspect a child psychologist would have a field day with much that is written in those few pages.
What other jobs have you done other than being an author?
You name a field, I’ve probably worked in it at some point. Bid writing, copy writing, PR, teaching kids in schools, teaching sports at gyms (even though I am far from athletic), hotel receptionist, dish washer, cleaner, shop assistant. The list goes on and on.
If you could get in a time machine and had one chance to travel, where would you go? (Backwards or forwards!)
I’d probably go forwards. I would love to see what’s happening two hundred years from now. The odds of me being here still are exceedingly low despite the marvels of modern medicine. I suppose my only trepidation about that is much like the time traveller in H.G. Wells’s book, I may not like what I find…
If you could have one conversation with anyone, dead or alive, who would it be and why?
I’d really like to talk to my aunt Shirley again. She died abruptly of cancer and I didn’t know the last time I talked to her was going to be the last. We were on holiday so she didn’t want to tell me on the call that she was so sick. If I’d known I wouldn’t get to speak to her again, there were things I should have liked to say.
What are your favourite things to do?
Write, listen to music on vinyl, pet the dogs of passing strangers, travel, read, watch the stupidest movies I can find on Netflix, cuddle teddy bears.
What is the strangest thing that has ever happened to you?
In a sea of strangeness, it is difficult to pick out just one strange thing. Selecting one at random, I was once in a pub in West London and from across the room, I saw the cutest ever… sausage dog! I was completely mesmerised by this dog and went over to ‘talk to him’. Completely ignoring the owners of said dog in an incredibly rude gesture, I started petting the little mutt who was only too pleased to lap up my attention. It was only when I looked up to apologise for my inability to keep my hands off their canine, that I noticed that the owner was Declan Donnelly – aka, one half of TV duo Ant and Dec. He and his lady friend were very nice about my ridiculously rude interruption to their evening and, I suspect, might have thought I’d come to pet the dog just for a chance to meet Dec. Which wasn’t actually the case.
This is weird enough but it’s not the end of the story. When I was a teenager, I had quite the crush on Declan Donnelly and filled out one of those quizes they put in magazines for teenage girls about whether I’d ever meet my celebrity crush. The magazine prophesized that I would meet Declan one day, but it would be at a time when I was well over my crush and when other things interested me much more. So never let it be said that the wisdom of Sugar Magazine doesn’t hold. I was truly over my crush on Declan Donnelly by the time we crossed paths and I was much more interested in other things – his very cute dog.
If you could give your younger writing self any advice what would it be?
Stop over-thinking things, kid. You’re wasting quality writing time here. Just get going and see what happens. You won’t know until you start.
Name one book you think everyone should read?!
I’m not big on ‘shoulds’ but I do think Goodbye to Berlin by Christopher Isherwood is an Important Book. Its portrayal of Germany at that time tells us so much about the world
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Thanks to rachel for inviting me on to the tour, and to helen for chatting with us!
I’ll be back again soon lovelies