Our interview with Shrouds Over Eden: A voice for the broken-hearted author Helen Khan
Helen Khan has lived a full and eventful life, from the quietude of growing up in rural Canada, riding horses across the prairies; to living in an army occupied tribal area, hearing guns and heavy artillery overhead. She can cook, but loves to sew and spend time with her husband. At night they often do word games together. Helen quips: “I guess that is called growing old together.”
Now, let’s get to know more about Helen with this weeks interview. I am so happy to be able to present our interview of Helen Khan author of Shrouds Over Eden: A voice for the broken-hearted .
What did Lamon Reviews learn from this weeks featured author interview?
LR: Describe a typical writing day
HK: Typical means busy for me as I am not just a writer. I work as an international student recruiter for a major university. I have a husband and a whole hub of people around me, things to attend to. So usually writing is confined to an hour or so at the end of the day. And yes, let’s not forget marketing, that needs to be fit in to the schedule too.
LR: Describe your writing space
HK: My writing space is the living room or dining room table where I am surrounded with people coming and going, talking and just stuff that happens in a full household. I have a very busy household with a door that is always open.
LR: Do you want each book to stand on its own, or are you trying to build a body of work with connections between each book?
HK: Most of my books will probably be stand alone books. Currently I am writing a book where the main character is introduced in my first novel, but it would not be necessary to read the first one to enjoy the second one. My third book will be a sequel to the 2nd one, but that would probably be the only two. Some of my books are related to country and writing style but will be on very different topics within the family and social relationship context.
LR: What does literary success look like to you?
HK: Having an audience that enjoy what they read and are encouraged; enough so that they recommend their friends to read one of my books.
LR: If you were to tell your younger writing self anything, what would it be?
HK: I would say, start marketing before you publish your book. I wrote my first book, self-published and then found out how much I needed to do to market the book. Marketing is a major part of writing a book, so set time aside for that.
LR: What would you say is your most interesting writing quirk?
HK: Thinking of a wonderful scene, dialogue, etc. just as I am about to jump into bed. By morning, the thought is usually gone, never to be restored!
LR: How do you come up with the titles to your books?
HK: I like to keep my title related to the theme of the book, so somewhere, while writing the novel, the title comes. But in one case a title was born and now I am planning how to create a novel around this title.
LR: Are you on social media and can your readers interact with you?
HK: Yes, I have a Facebook page where they can comment on an article or they can message me.
LR: When did you start writing?
HK: I started when I was 64 and published my debut novel at 66 years.
LR: As most of our readers know, writing can be an emotionally draining and stressful pursuit. Do you have any tips for aspiring writers?
HK: Writing can draw out of you because usually, sometimes, you end up in the book, either as a character or an event relived. Or just the heavy schedule of writing and doing other tasks, being with family. So tips would be to be organised. If you have family demands, work out a schedule where you have “your” time to write. If you have work demands, maybe it is just an hour or two a few times a week, but setting that schedule and timeline is important. A timeline is important because, even small tasks, you can click off and say, “I have done this today.” It is one less task to do in getting that book written, published and distributed.
And get proper rest. Write, if possible when you mind is the freshest.
Our final thoughts
I had a great time getting to know more about this weeks featured author, Helen Khan. I would like to personally invite readers to visit her website and check out her blog and the insightful and inspiring posts she writes. I was able to read and share with my twitter followers, Helens post from Febuary 28th which drew my attention, entitled Where Girls Don’t Matter. Hopefully, those that visit her blog will ” …find love, encouragement, validation, and dignity” through her posts.
Don’t forget to get Helen’s book Shrouds Over Eden: A voice for the broken-hearted. It is available at Barnes & Nobles, Apple Books, Kobo, and Amazon. You can also connect with Helen via her Facebook group. Readers can keep up to date on latest releases at her website: All of Eve’s Daughters. What was your favorite part of this weeks interview? Leave a comment down below, and don’t forget to support great indie authors.