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Saturday, 18 May 2013

Saturday Storyteller Interview: Helen Johnston

Please welcome Helen to our blog today. Helen tells about what inspires her and her biggest weaknesses!
What’s your name and where do you come from?
Helen Johnston, Hampshire, England.
Tell us a bit about your latest release.
Innocence Lost, is the first of a set of three books, the series is called the Journeys of Innocence. It’s basically a love story, the corny saying “love can conquer all.” You are taken on a journey with twists in it. There are characters to fall in love with, to hate, and everything in between. Vampires that have fangs, and do bite, but not necessarily on the neck... Plenty of hot steamy sex that will tease your senses and leave you craving more...
Where do you get your inspiration from?
For this book I kept having the same scene play and replay in my mind and decided one day, as I was bored with what was on TV, to write it down. That scene is a little way into the book. I wanted to write about a couple meeting, being parted for whatever reason and proving their love for one another was so strong that no matter what happened to them.
I started out wanting to write a book that I would find sexy, enjoyable, and hard to put down. With characters that I loved, and hated, that was believable. I wrote it for myself with no intention of trying to sell it.

How do you go about creating the perfect "Swoon" worthy man?
I started with Blake and he was easy to do as he had been in my mind for a few years before I started to write. So I knew what he had to be. Tall, dark, charismatic, everything I could put into making a swoon worthy man went into him.
Do you have a favourite character from your books? Why are they your favourite?
I do, my leading man Blake, because it all started with him. I'm only the one telling his and Siobhan’s story. He has been the one constant thing while all the madness happened.  

What do you do to unwind and relax?
I work full time away from the home, and write as much as I can, so I don’t get a lot of time to relax as there is something always to do. Being married with a family I wish I could split myself into about three parts so I could do everything equally.  But when I get time to myself, I read and a real indulgence would be to read while soaking in the bath with bubbles. But that doesn't happen very often.
What’s your greatest weakness?
Chocolate and handbags.
What trait do you find the sexiest?
I have a great love for animals, so a man has to be good with them and a wicked sense of humour.
Is the stuff you write about from experience or mostly imagination?
It’s all completely from my imagination.
What do you do when you’re not writing?
I'm either at work, doing housework or some other real life stuff. I only wish I could write full time...
Tell us something that might surprise our readers.
I started writing seven years ago, and didn’t know how to even turn on a computer let alone know how to work the Micro Office Word. I've had to learn everything myself from scratch.
Helen Johnston grew up in her home town in Hampshire, England. Her childhood dreams filled with the desire to become a dancer. An only child she was never alone, her years spent entertained with her vivid imagination. She met and married her husband not long after leaving school and soon after their son was born, their family is made complete with Helen's two cats that are spoiled rotten which results in them often thinking they rule the home.
Her life consisting of home life and a few jobs in the retail industry her vivid imagination refused to stay quiet and combined with her love of erotica and all things vampire she decided to try her hand at writing and has never looked back.
Get sucked into the Journey that is Innocence Lost. Impossibilities and heartaches, wonder if love prevails all. Join us as we follow the story of Siobhan and Blake as they battle through the trials and tribulations of two very different worlds.
Blake is an Elder Vampire, over four hundred years old, dark, mysterious, bold, tall, and extremely gorgeous, as only a vampire as he could be. Centuries of feeling incomplete, knowing there’s a part of him that is missing, a part he yearns to be complete. Never knowing he would find this in the oddest way. A chance meeting with a gypsy fortune teller has him intrigued when she foretold of when and where he could find his Queen.
But he is warned there would be many brutal obstacles to be overcome before any kind of happy ever after could be accomplished, before his Queen, the missing link to his soul, the woman whom would complete him, would be safe in his arms.
Siobhan, pronounced (Ser-bi-on) is a beautiful young woman, an innocent, on holiday with her friends when she unexpectedly meets a tall charismatic man who completely and utterly sweeps her off her feet. She is drawn to him like a moth to a flame. He's so sexually dominant, taking his time to initiate her, step by slow step, patiently and completely too all the carnal pleasures, her body could endure. What he made her feel... 
But unbeknown to either of them, a dark and evil presence from Blake’s past has been observing them, planning to shred their worlds apart, and sooner rather than later. Siobhan is cruelly ripped from his embrace and is thrust into a world beyond anything she has ever dreamt of or could ever have imagined existed. 
Follow us as Blake has to battle with forces he’s not sure he can defeat all to bring home the one and only woman he would ever have, love and desire with all that he is.
Welcome to Innocence Lost
Purchase Innocence Lost on Amazon.

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