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April 23, 2013

PP Guest: Tiffinie Helmer-EDGE

Hi, Tiffinie, and welcome to the PP where everyone wears a crown.
Here's yours and may I say you look fabulous!

Let's get to know Tiffinie!

How did you get from your day job to writing romance? I’ve always written romances, since I love a happy ever after. But it wasn’t until my husband finally finished college, and my last child of four entered kindergarten, that I started writing for publication.

What are your three favorite books of all time? Wow, this is hard. I have so many authors that I love to read. To Die For by Linda Howard, Bet Me by Jennifer Crusie, and A Grave Denied by Dana Stabenow. I have a love for sex, murder, and humor. Hmm…that about sums up the books I write.

Morning, afternoon, or evening person?
Oh, evening. There is magic at midnight.

Music--with or without? What kind?
Definitely with music. I actually chose music depending on the scene I’m writing. BEARING ALL is a spy story, and I wrote the whole thing to tango music.

First or third POV?
I like writing with more than one POV, but I really respect those who tackle first person POV.

How's tricks? Do you juggle multiple projects?
I have tried this, but it has yet to work for me. Hopefully I can get a handle on how to do this as there are a lot of projects I need to finish.

What's harder: beginning, middle, or the end?
Either I don’t want the book to end or I rush the ending. I always end up having to rewrite the ending.

Revisions: Love 'em or hate 'em?
Ooh, hate ‘em. I tend to edit when I write. A lot of the time, if I’m in a corner, I can’t write any farther until I figure it out.

How did you come up with that title?  Best advice anybody every gave you? MOOSED-UP is “my” Alaskan term for being messed-up by a moose, and the moose is a star player in getting my characters together.
And for the best advice I ever received, I’d have to go with my grandfather since he had a numbered list of lectures. I’ll go with one of his favorites. “Work smart, not hard.”

Fill in this blank: My ideal fictional hero would think me gorgeous no matter…how much I pissed him off.

What's your favorite dessert? Cheescake! Preferable with dark chocolate sauce and fresh raspberries.  

Do you write at home or someplace else? I write at home, but sometimes that can get chaotic with all the kids and their friends coming and going that I runaway to my favorite bookstore café and hide out. I really should do that more as I get some of my best writing done.

What's your favorite type of hero/heroine and why? Strong, creative, willing to fight for what they want, and complex, which gives me lots to write about. I also love when they can take what I torture them with and rise above it. 

He's lost his edge...

Photojournalist Cache Calder lives to chase a great story. He's just returned from the Middle East after surviving a suicide bombing that left him injured and grief-stricken. The last thing he wants is to travel to the wilds of Alaska on a "Where Is She Now" Assignment. But when his editor informs him that his subject is former kidnapping victim, Amelia Bennett who jump-started his career twenty years earlier, he packs his bags.

She lives on the Edge...

Mel Bennett's carefully maintained control unravels the moment she meets Cache Calder. Attraction flares for the man who seems to really "know" her. No one at the Edge of Reason Lodge is aware she was the young teenager who'd survived one of the most publicized kidnappings in recent history, and she wants it to stay that way. But she starts to question her heart and her sanity when unexplained incidents begin to happen and a deadly threat returns to finish what he'd started so long ago.


Thank you, Tiffinie, for joining the PP girls today!


Sylvia said...

Hi Tiffinie,
Your life sounds like it's very busy with school kids. I also loved the sound of your book and your title is fantastic. Congratulations. I hope you sell a lot of copies.

Vicki Batman, sassy writer said...

Hi, Tiffinie! I like your title too. EDGE is very suspenseful. And the spelling of your name is different too.

Tiffinie Helmer said...

First, I want to thank all the Plotting Princesses for guest spotlighting me. What a great place to be!

Yes, very busy life. Now with my kids older, half in college and high school, I feel more like a dorm mother.

EDGE is very suspenseful. I call it a romantic thriller as there is more romance in it than a classic thriller. And mothers never think that when they completely change the spelling of a name that the child will have to spell that name for people everyday of their life. :)

chris k said...

love the title and the cover - it says so much so quickly -

make them laugh or make them cry- either one will have readers coming back for more- dead bodies works too!! lol.

thanks so much for stopping by

Anonymous said...

Nice to get to know you and your process better.

Karilyn Bentley said...

Hi Tiffinie,
Nice to have you here with us. Your book sounds great! And I love the cover!!! Here's to great sales!!!

Tiffinie Helmer said...

Thank you Chris, DeNise, and Karilyn!

Liz Lipperman said...

Welcome, Tiff. And what she didn't tell you is that she spends her summers fishing for salmon in Alaska. Last year she helped rescue a baby whale.

And her books are fabulous!!

Tiffinie Helmer said...

Yep, I'm a badass. Thank, Liz!

Sandy said...

Great interview. Thanks for sharing. I loved The Edge and can't wait for your next story.

Tiffinie Helmer said...

Ahh, thank you, Sandy!