Author name: Chloe Helton
Genre: Historical fiction
Books: The Red Pearl, Culpa, Sanguis (and more)
What’s your story and how did you become a writer? At age 10, my first novel about Queen Elizabeth I was published on Wattpad and became popular after it was featured. Since then, I’ve written five additional historical novels from various time periods – the Civil War, the Revolutionary War, and a duet about Ancient Rome.
How do you balance your work with other demands? I also work full-time in real estate. I get up early before work every morning to write, and on nights and weekends. I’ve found that small, consistent steps can work wonders – so the fact that I write every day, even if it’s not always a lot, allows me to finish things quickly.
Name one of the happiest moments in your life: I sat in the front row of a Paul McCartney concert!
What’s your approach to writing? Are you a “pantser” or a planner? Both. I usually “pants” the first draft and then use it as a basis to plot the second draft. It can be difficult to plot without having a sense of the character’s voice, which is why I usually wing it the first time to get into the character before using the second draft as an opportunity to lock in the structure of the story.
Could you write in a café with people around? That’s how I do it every morning! My local Peet’s knows to put extra whipped cream on my drink.
Have you ever written dialogue in a second language? If so, how did you do it? Not much, but I’ll throw in words. For example, my characters in Culpa and Sanguis would have spoken Latin, so I peppered their speech with some Latin words when appropriate.
What’s your favorite book and what are you reading now? Mm! Right now, I’m reading The Alchemy of Noise by a fellow indie author Lorraine Devon Wilke. Normally, I stick with historical fiction: Philippa Gregory, Kate Quinn, and Michelle Moran were the ones who got me started, so anything by them is a favorite.
What’s your favorite way to read a book: hardcover, paperback, eReader? Kindle. I spent a lot of money on Kindle books.
Do you think print books will always be around? Yes.
Would you ever read a book on your phone? I have done so – I prefer a Kindle because, even though I can see the book fine on my phone, it just feels wrong somehow. I try to use my phone only for texts and calls as much as possible, and not use it as a “smartphone.” It’s difficult!
What’s your go-to device? iPhone, Android or something else? Android. I’ve had a few Android phones in a row now and I prefer them.
How long could you go without checking your phone? I often shove my phone to the bottom of my purse and won’t check it for several hours. My friends love it when they’re trying to get a hold of me.
Do you listen to audiobooks? If you do, what do you do while you’re listening? Yes! Podcasts, too. Usually while driving, because I do a fair amount of driving for work.
Do you like using social media to promote yourself and your book? If so, what’s your favorite platform? I love my email newsletter! (You can join it on my website). But blogs have been a great source of attention. Goodreads and Bookbub are also great.
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