Meet Don Helin, author of Secret Assault, which was selected as the best Suspense/Thriller at the 2015 Indie Book Awards.
If you had a time machine, where and when would you be right now?
Perhaps surprisingly I’d be right here. I’m happy here and have no big interest in going back to another time. Going forward in time might be interesting, but I think we need to clean up the mess we have in our country now before it would be fun to go forward. We need to respect one another, not yell at each other. If I could help fix that, then I might be willing to go forward in time. Otherwise, I think it’s just going to get worse.
What advice would you give your younger self?
Be yourself. Don’t be a phony. Try and respect the other guy. Damn, I sound like my mother.
What is your favorite resource for writers?
How to Write a Damn Good Novel by James Frey.
What has been the most satisfying aspect of your literary career?
Certainly being a published author is great, but I think starting A Novel Idea, a workshop to help writers learn how to draft and market their novel.
What is your favorite tip for writers?
That’s easy. “Writing is an Art, but Publishing is a business.” That guides all I do.
What is the most challenging aspect of your work?
Keeping up with all the demands on my time and not having to pass on opportunities because I don’t have time.
If you were stranded on a desert island, what three items would you take with you?
My computer, a printer, and a case of beer.
Tell us about a project or accomplishment that you consider to be the most significant in your career.
I think again the workshops to help new writers draft and market their novels. We completed an anthology, Strange Magic, with eleven students and six faculty and held a release party in January where students read their stories. We are now working on a serialized novel to be published in our local paper the end of this year. It’s really a fun bunch of writers. We have a wonderful faculty and the students keep us on our toes.
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