Today we are excited to welcome author Helena Fairfax to our small corner of cyberspace. Helena has just had her first novel, The Silk Romance, a contemporary romance, published by MuseItUp Publishing. In Helena’s post she shares with us what inspired her to write the novel and the characters within it and also tells us about her background in an author bio. If you would like to read a review of The Silk Romance, please scroll down after reading Helena’s post. Over to you Helena ………. Tina 🙂
Romantic Lyon and Teenage Crushes
As a student I once spent an unforgettable few months working as an au pair in the city of Lyon. The time I spent in this beautiful city was one of the happiest and most romantic of my life. How different this hot and vibrant city was, to the bleak Yorkshire town I had come from. In the bright southern sun, everything seemed to me intensely colourful: the two rivers, the Rhône and the Saône, gliding through the city; the market stalls with their ripe fruits; the cypress trees; the street cafés and the night-life. It was an intense experience, which stayed with me long after I left France.
When I came to write my first romance novel, The Silk Romance, I knew Lyon had to be the setting. And it was easy to picture my French hero. As an au pair, I lived in with my family, in a centuries old stone building overlooking the city’s old town. In the apartment above mine, on the top floor, lived the most handsome young man I’d ever seen in my life. Tall, tanned, with the most piercing blue eyes, a devastating smile and a confident way of talking to me whenever we bumped into each other on the shadowy stone stairs. Sadly, my handsome crush was engaged to be married, and so my teenage longing remained from afar! But now I have brought my romantic Frenchman to life, and he has his own role in the form of Jean-Luc, the hero of The Silk Romance.
As for the glamorous silk industry, which also plays a large part in my story, many years after I left France I took a job in a woollen mill in West Yorkshire. The weaving industry once played a major role in both Yorkshire and Lyon, but is now sadly a dying trade. I thought it would be wonderful to revive Lyon’s once thriving silk industry, and so I made my hero the owner of one of the city’s few remaining silk mills, producing wonderful textiles for opera houses, theatres and fashionable people around the world.
And my heroine? Sophie is exactly the type of female character I like to write, and to read about. A young woman who is self-reliant, who has seen her share of tragedy in this life, who is compassionate, but not afraid of letting the hero know exactly what she thinks.
I hope you enjoy reading about my characters as much as I enjoyed creating them. I was sorry to say goodbye to them when I put down my pen – so perhaps instead of goodbye, I should merely say au revoir, Sophie et Jean-Luc – et bonne chance!
Helena Fairfax was born in Uganda and came to England as a child. She’s grown used to the cold now and that’s just as well, because nowadays she lives in an old Victorian mill town in Yorkshire, right next door to windswept Brontë country. She has an affectionate, if half-crazed, rescue dog and together they tramp the moors every day—one of them wishing she were Emily Brontë, the other vainly chasing pheasants. When she’s not out on the moors you’ll find Helena either creating romantic heroes and heroines of her own or else with her nose firmly buried in a book, enjoying someone else’s stories. Her patient husband and her brilliant children support her in her daydreams and are the loves of her life.
Thank you Helena for providing this author post and bio for us today. Please scroll down or click here to read my review of The Silk Romance. Tina