Thursday, September 13, 2012

Catching Up With Author Tiffinie Helmer






Interview with Romance Author Tiffinie Helmer

When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?
When my mother told me to quit making up stories and tell her the truth. I was like eight. And telling stories was much more fun than the truth. Though I didn’t enjoy the spankings. Now, I can weave tales and not worry about spankings that is unless I want—nope not going to go there.
How long does it take you to write a book?
Depends on the book. I’ve written a book in a year, and the same length of story in three months. Some stories just write themselves, or life moves aside so they can be written. Sometimes life likes to challenge me.  
What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?
I write on the graveyard shift. There is magic after midnight.
What do you think is the best way of publishing a book these days? 
Whether its traditional publishing or Indie publishing, that is for the author to decide personally what is best for them. For me, it’s both. The most important thing is the reader and getting my book into their hands.

Where do you get your information or ideas for your books?
A lot of them come from my life. My life is anything but normal.

What do you like to do when you’re not writing?
I throw pottery, especially if I’m experiencing writer’s block. I have my own wheel, kiln, and studio. Actually it’s really part of the garage, but studio sounds so much chicer, doesn’t it? Oh, and I spend my summers commercial fishing on the Bering Sea of Alaska. Yeah, I’m a badass.

What was one of the most surprising things you learned in creating your books?
I’m funny. Seriously, I’m not joking. I write sexy, sometimes dark, but humor or sassiness comes through pretty loud.

How many books have you written? Which is your favorite?
Ten big ones! Usually the one I’m currently working on. But I do have a soft spot for HOOKED (which isn’t out yet) since my hero is an Alaskan Trooper based on Daniel Craig, and I have it bad for Daniel Craig. This character also moonlights in two other books.

Can you tell me and your readers something about your main characters?
For Dreamweaver, releasing today, I killed my hero in a previous book. Usually that’s the end of a great character, but obviously Lucky Leroy Morgan didn’t want to stay dead. He saw his future and the woman destined for him, and he is doing everything to be with her. I love a man willing to sacrifice everything for the woman he loves, and Lucky is that man.

Gemma is a contemporary woman with traditional values. And a crazy mother. She’s trying to run a business and keep her mother on her meds, while questioning her own sanity when she starts having nightly visits from a dream lover. Only he isn’t a dream.

I love these two characters. They have chemistry, and heart, and their beliefs are tested to the edge of no return in this story.

Do you hear from your readers much? What kinds of things do they say?
I love my readers! Everyday I’m get mail wondering when the next book will be out. Or threatening me to hurry and get that next book out.

What do you think makes a good story?
The characters. The books that I’ve read and loved, the ones that stay with me, I can remember the characters names. I strive very hard to always put the characters first.
What are your favorite book genres in writing and reading? Why?
Romance! All of it. From paranormal, to mystery, contemporary, or historical. I love it all. Love is the biggest adventure out there. People die, kill, and sacrifice all in the name of love.

They won’t survive if they can’t survive each other…
Alaska State Trooper Skip Ozhuwan has waited five years to reunite with Wren Terni, the woman he's always loved. Flying back home for his sister's wedding with only him and Wren in a chartered bush plane guarantees he'll have her undivided attention.

Ever since Skip arrested her five years earlier, Wren vowed never to lay eyes on him again. She's gotten sober and made a life for herself that she's proud of. Seeing Skip now throws her into a tailspin.

When the plane crashes, they are forced to battle a violent arctic storm, outwit predators, and dispose of a dead body. They must find a way to get past their differences if they are to survive to have a future together.

That is, if they don't kill each other first.
A desperate man...
“Lucky” Leroy Morgan led a charmed life, until he was murdered. Now he’s stuck in Limbo, unwilling to move on after catching a glimpse of the future he was supposed to have and the amazing woman who was destined to be his. Using the Northern Lights as a conduit back to earth, he attempts to seduce her in her dreams, hoping to anchor himself to the physical plane. If he doesn’t win her heart, he’ll be forever lost.

A tempted woman...
Gemma Star is fairly conventional considering her hippie upbringing. Her biggest fear is that she’ll end up like her Tarot card reading mother, who isn’t all there. When Gemma starts having out-of-this-world sex with a dream lover, she starts to wonder if she is losing her mind along with her heart. What if her crazy mother is right? If she continues consorting with her Dreamweaver will there be lasting consequences to her soul?

Will their love survive? Or is it just a dream...
Learn more about Tiffinie and her books through the following links:


  1. I loved Impact and can't wait to read Dream Weaver. Love the new covers.

    1. Thanks, Sandy! I drool a little everytime I look at them.

  2. Congrats, Tiffinie. Love your covers.

    1. Hi Boone! Thank you. I love your covers too. Hot!

  3. Good luck on Dream Weaver, Tiff. Keep the midnight oil burning.

    1. Kim, I crawled into bed this morning around 5 this morning. It seems like I push it every night. Now if I could find a way to nap during the day.

  4. We all started out telling lies. Too bad we couldn't have explained to our mothers that it was just fiction!

    Can't wait to read this next one! Whoot!

    1. Just think what encouraging our children to fib would do for their creative side. :)