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Helena Sorensen

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Helena Sorensen grew up outside Tampa, Florida in a little backwater called Fort Lonesome. She is not making this up. As a child, she went exploring in the orange groves, searching for empty shotgun shells and fragments of broken glass. Since then, she has performed in show choirs and chamber choirs, received a degree in Music Education, written songs and poems, and traveled to Italy and Ireland. She never saw any of this coming.

She also had no idea of becoming either a mother or a writer, yet here she is, living in Nashville with a husband and two kids and three published books to her name. She ponders the humor of God and the strange adventure of living while she drinks kombucha on the porch, or plans new homeschool units, or reads every
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I've made a bookshelf on my page with favorite books, but there are at least 60 in that list. Maybe I haven't narrowed them down quite en…more
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I've made a bookshelf on my page with favorite books, but there are at least 60 in that list. Maybe I haven't narrowed them down quite enough? :)

The Great Divorce, Till We Have Faces, The Hobbit, Megan Whalen Turner's Queen's Thief Series, The Tombs of Atuan, The Blue Sword and The Hero and the Crown, The Eyes of the Dragon, To Kill a Mockingbird, Wuthering Heights, Revolutionary Road, A Prayer for Owen Meany, Persuasion, Great Expectations, East of Eden, The Remains of the Day, Twice-Told Tales, Edith Hamilton's Mythology, anything by Buechner, The Ocean at the End of the Lane, Evangeline...

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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)
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