Tiffinie Helmer is an award-winning author who is always up for a gripping adventure. Raised in Alaska, she was dragged “Outside” by her husband, but escapes the lower forty-eight to spend her summers commercial fishing on the Bering Sea.
A wife and mother of four, Tiffinie divides her time between enjoying her family, throwing her acclaimed pottery, and writing of flawed characters in unique and severe situations.
What inspires you to write?
Everything. I’m a big “What if” personality type.
Tell us about your writing process
I write at night. I’m even called the Night Writer. 🙂 Hubby and kids are usually in bed by 10 and I head to the computer. It’s quiet, no one knocks on the door, the phone don’t ring, and the laundry is silent. Magical time of day.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I’m getting better at outlining, though I really don’t like it. I love being surprised by my characters, and outlining tells me what’s around the corner. Though knowing where you are going does help in not getting lost. But then you sometimes miss out on the surprises that happen when you do get lost. See, still on the fence. Mainly a pantser. My agent wishes are for not.
What advice would you give other writers?
Write. And then write some more. After that write a hell of a lot more. Just like anything else, you want to be good you must hone your craft.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I have self-published, with the help of my agent, 4 novellas in the Wild Men of Alaska series. We are working hard for a sale but if that doesn’t happen, I kind of like the control aspect of self-publishing. For new authors, do what is best for you. There are more options out there now than ever before. I tend to want to have a foot in both traditional and self-publishing.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I think the future is wide open. I’m more thrilled with what is happening in publishing for the authors. We are taking publishing back.
What do you use?
Professional Editor, Professional Cover Designer
What genres do you write:: Romance, Romantic Suspense, Paranormal Romance, Thrillers
What formats are your books in: eBook, Print
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