Hey everyone!! So I recently got a chance to do an interview with Helen Scheuerer who is the author of Heart of Mist: Book 1 in The Oremere Chronicles. She contacted me back in April about possibly doing an interview and/or review of the book and I said yes.
So here is our interview!
Do you have a writing routine? If so, what is it like?
When I’m writing a book, I definitely need a routine! I like to get up early, make a cup of tea and then spend ten minutes or so plotting the next scenes I’ll be working on.
Then I set a timer for 45 minutes to an hour, and write consistently all morning in timed bursts.
In an ideal world, I’d spend at least the first half of the fay just writing, but unfortunately freelance work, social media management, and book marketing take up a lot of my time these days.
Do you have anything that helps you keep focused on writing?
Using a timer helps me stay focused. It reminds me that I don’t have all day to be writing and so I need to make the most of the time I do have
It’s often easy to get distracted by emails and social media notifications, so I try and make sure these aren’t open when I’m working.
If I’m writing a particularly intense scene, I find that listening to a playlist can help (as long as the music doesn’t have words!).
What has been your favorite moment been while working on The Oremere Chronicles so far?
I think one of my favorite moments was receiving the final map from my designer. I was lucky enough to find someone incredibly talented who was a dream to work with.
We collaborated for months on all of the details of the realm, and the different features like the terrain and the illustrations.
Seeing my world come to life in such a beautiful. detailed map is something I won’t be forgetting in a hurry.
Why did you choose to incorporate addiction as a theme in Heart of Mist?
I didn’t originally set out to explore addiction as a theme. As Bleak’s character developed, it became apparent that she struggled addiction and that this would be a huge part of her character arc. I made the conscious decision not to shy away from the issue because I felt it’s important that we don’t gloss over the darker experiences in YA.
Does Heart of Mist reflect your passion for women’s right?
I think the feminist undertones of Heart of Mist definitely reflect my passion for women’s rights. I love Bleak and Henri as the strong female leads, and I feel like book does capture a number of experiences that women go through.
It’s my hope that Heart of Mist starts some discussions between young women, and gets them sharing their own experiences with one another.
Do you have tips for people looking to write their own book?
I actually run an online writers’ platform called Writer’s Edit which is full of advice for both authors and self-publishers. I’d definitely recommend that any aspiring authors check it our- there’s a tonne of free advice there on both writing and publishing.
But if I had to pick one piece of advice to say here, it would be: write the first draft of your book for you. Don’t worry too much about making it perfect, or who’s going to read it.
Write the first draft for you, and the following drafts for your editors and readers.
Thank you so much to Helen for taking the time to answer these questions!
If you guys think this book might be for you, be sure to pick it up when it hits stores on August 31st! You can also check out my full review of the book here!
Goodreads Book Page: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/34865933-heart-of-mist
Goodreads Author Page: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/9898249.Helen_Scheuerer