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Helena Sorensen

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It started with those Choose-Your-Own-Adventure books. My mother would take us to the library when I was in elementary school, and I would check out several at a time. I would read every possible option, making every possible choice, sometimes jumping from the train, sometimes going with the mysterious stranger, sometimes returning to camp, until the book made absolutely no sense.

Then, in fourth grade, I read The Chronicles of Narnia, and I was hooked. Every book in the series seemed better than the last, and I understood how much joy could be found in stories. That year my teacher read Where the Red Fern Grows to our class, and I cried. There again was the power of words, of story.

Later, my father read The Eyes of the Dragon to my brother
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When I started writing Shiloh, I had no idea where I was going. There was no master plan. So when I finished book 1, I knew the story…more
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When I started writing Shiloh, I had no idea where I was going. There was no master plan. So when I finished book 1, I knew the story wasn't over, but I felt that it was almost over...too close to the end to fill three books (which felt like the right length for a series).
Also, I was intrigued by the connection between Evander and Amos, and I wanted to explore the question of what happened to the Lost Clan. It seemed like a nice, nuclear story. More than that, it was destined to be a tragic story, and the second book in a series is always the darkest. I had a few scraps of information from Shiloh: Evander as the Father of the Sun Clan, Valour, the lantern, and the awful fate of those brave clansmen and women. It was so much fun to build a story on top of that, especially discovering Mina, this unbelievable young woman who appears in none of the legends, but who played such a vital role in Evander's story.
One last reason I chose this story as a follow-up to Shiloh: this series is about more than physical darkness. Pain and loss and fear and despair are woven into the fabric of that world, and to rush from one adventure to the next to the next without pausing to honor the things that were lost felt wrong to me. I don't know how readers will react to the book, but I make no apologies for the grief in this story. The Lost Clan, and all loss, needed to be honored, and Seeker was how I chose to do it.(less)
Helena Sorensen I don't believe in writer's block. I think it's a myth that writers keep alive so they can rationalize their fears. (I'm not exempt from said fears,…moreI don't believe in writer's block. I think it's a myth that writers keep alive so they can rationalize their fears. (I'm not exempt from said fears, not at all. But sitting down and putting my hands on a keyboard usually takes an axe to even the worst of them.)

Granted, if you're one of those people who believes you have to produce a certain number of words on every single calendar day, what you call "writer's block" may just be a need for rest or reading or some variety in your creative pursuits. As a mom of two small kids, I'm not sure I could write at all if I didn't take breaks and piddle with other pursuits. (less)
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I’ve had four earaches in the last nine months.
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