Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
The Way is a River of Stars is my first book. A second, this time fiction, is on the way. Over the years I have had poems included in journals and anthologies.
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
Inspiration for The Way is a River of Stars was a little walk across Northern Spain – seven hundred and fifty kilometers.
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
I prowl around my desk like a wolf sometimes – it’s my version of the dreaded writer’s block. But when I’m in the zone I can write for hours forgetting to eat or drink. I don’t even hear the lawnmower next door. My favourite time to begin writing is 4am. Everybody is sleeping. It’s so quiet and when that first bird starts to sing outside my window I know it’s time for a cup of tea.
What authors, or books have influenced you?
The Sea by John Banville, anything by Patrick White, David Malouf, Georges Perec, Jeanette Winterson, Virginia Woolf.
What are you working on now?
A story about a girl who grew up in South India twelve hundred years ago. She only lived for sixteen years andrefused to marry a mortal man. Today she is revered as a goddess and divine poet.
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
Best? I’m not sure about that. What I do enjoy though is posting updates on the ‘Facebook page. Photos, snippets, excerpts and interaction with readers.
Do you have any advice for new authors?
Be authentic. And read copiously.
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
Be authentic and read copiously. Write wild for that first draft.
What are you reading now?
My Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferrante
What’s next for you as a writer?
A writing retreat in a cabin in the bush where there is no mobile phone coverage, no wi-fi or internet access.
What is your favorite book of all time?
That’s impossible to say. mmmm. Because it changes. I loved the Secret Garden best of all fifty (!!) years ago. The Secret Garland makes me swoon today.
Author Websites and Profiles
Helen Burns Website