Her answers are below in bold. Let us know what makes Hélène like you in the comments.
Hélène on Writing
- My favorite type of scene to write is funny, smirky dialogue.
- No matter how long I've been writing, I still have issues with punctuation; like using semicolons: instead of colons—or em-dashes instead of – whatever en-dashes are.
- A typical comment from my critique partner is you keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means.
- The book I wished I wrote is The Princess Bride (of course!).
Hélène on Getting Published
- If my editor really knew how damaged I was, she would find out that I was under the influence of copious amounts of Diet Coke when I wrote most of my manuscripts. I’ve now, thankfully, replaced that vice with a Perrier addiction.
- When I was querying, I felt equal parts hopefulness and despair.
- The biggest mistake I ever made querying was sending queries in too-large batches when I should have sent 4-6 at a time to see if the query or pages still needed tweaking. Live and learn!
- The craziest thought I've ever had while being published is what if they made a grave mistake? What if they meant another Hélène Boudreau (like there are millions of us…)?
- When I got "The Call," my first thought was WHY DID MY ANSWERING MACHINE CUT OUT BEFORE THE END OF THE MESSAGE? WHO WAS THAT? DID SHE SAY WHAT I THINK SHE SAID???
- When I saw my book sale in Publishers Marketplace, I cried.
Hélène on Life Outside Writing
- If I weren't a writer, I'd probably be a mail carrier because I love to go on long walks. But I’d only work on nice days. None of this ‘rain, snow, sleet, hail’ stuff.
- Secretly, I'm terrified of mice, heights and cotton balls (if I were holding a mouse, chewing on a cotton ball, while looking down from a great height—I’d be done for).
- My secret boyfriend is greying Richard Gere or greying George Clooney. I bet Matt Damon will look great with grey hair, too.
- Sometimes, when no one is around, I compose imaginary Facebook statuses as I narrate my way through my day.
Hélène Boudreau writes fiction and non-fiction for children and young adults. She is also a compulsive walker, a chicklet wrangler and a lover of cheese and cheap chocolate. Her tween novel REAL MERMAIDS DON'T WEAR TOE RINGS is a 2011 Crystal Kite Member Choice Award Finalist