Hedra Helix


what is your name?
Hedra Helix

how would you describe what you do?
Right-at-this-moment I am busting my nonexistent ass off to pen you guys a great American novel, while simultaneously planting my garden with edibles so that I don’t need to eat my neighbors or vice versa come the impending apocalypse. That’s called multitasking beyotches!

what are you currently working on?
I’m in the editing phase of my first novel, Small Scale Magic. I have 30 intense days left to murder my sweet darling before I hand it over to the first of its two professional editors.

what has had the greatest influence on your work?
Gah! Too many things to name, hmm, vibrant poetry, several books that never close at my house, Gatsby, Tortilla Flats, With by Donald Harrington, and last but certainly not least Oscar Wao, by Junot Diaz. Besides that, I love the way fruit looks when you cut it open, especially inedible poisonous types, the weird sense of the something’s wrongggg… that glitters from the wet pulpiness.

what is the greatest misconception about you or your work?
Hmm, that’s a hard one to answer right now. I’ll let you know after I publish and the haters come out. 😉

what do you see as the main strengths and weaknesses of the medium you work in?
I wrote this book using the cadaver of another book I’d quit. Never again, it was incredibly hard for me to piece the old things into something new. For me, that’s my main weakness in combination with the medium, not being able to see the entire MS at once makes it hard to come up with the same or appropriate energy to infuse the scene I need to write next.

how has technology impacted upon the work you do?
I love my Mac. Dear sweet old Mac that hasn’t let me down yet, knock on wood. Not only did I write my whole book on this lil’ old lap top but I’ll be making all the flat art, the banners, the blog and the trailer on it too. Go Mac!

what’s the greatest piece of advice you would like to pass on?
Know that it’s hard for every writer to finish a (worthwhile) book. It’s not easy. That’s a fact. It isn’t just you. So keep on going.

where can we find you online?
Nowhere until July 2011, and then every(freaking)where. I’m going to be rabid on marketing Small Scale Magic. I’ve put so much work into it. I’m gonna let all of you know where you can find it. Also, I’m going to be having the most magical giveaways you’ve ever seen. That, is a promise.

what are you reading at the moment?
A book by Jeremy C Shipp called ‘Vacation.’

what are you listening to at the moment?
Frogs vs afternoon birds duking it out to be the master of twilight. And some Grateful Dead drifting up from Tim’s studio downstairs

anything else we should know?
Small scale Magic is the first book in a trilogy. It’s going to be out on kindle and other e readers by mid July to early August for 99 cents, and it will be an amazingly immersive read -because I will not allow for it to be anything less. Personal promise x 2.

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