Wednesday, 6 June 2012

Book Tour: Interview with Andrea Heltsley (Disolve)

I'd like to welcome Andrea Heltsley who is the author of Disolve for an interview on her book tour presented by the fantastic Innovative Online Book Tours.

I'd like to tell you about Disolve then introduce Andrea before we dive into the interview!

About Disolve

Everything seemed to be going right for Cora. She had a wonderful fiance, a great best friend and a fulfilling life. One day, a tragic event causes that life to crumble around her. She turns to her best friend in her time of need. They embark on a search for answers, delving deeper into a web of magic and destruction. The closer they get to the truth, the more questions they have. To Cora, magic was the stuff of fairy tales. Immersed into a very different kind of world, the real storm was just beginning to take hold.

“It felt like I was nowhere yet everywhere all at once. I was invisible and completely panicked. The millions of pieces I had dissolved to drift on the breeze and away from my nightmares. It was kind of like floating weightless in a pool, perfectly relaxing. The warm breeze from the window embraced and soothed me. I let the air current carry me as far as it could through the summer city.”
“Defeated, I closed my eyes and took a few calming breaths trying to relax myself. I pictured the dandelion in the park today and took a deep breath as to blow the fluffy seeds in all directions. I pretended I was light and fluffy and started to feel a tingling in my body. I began to feel as light as the dandelion seeds and soon I felt like mist floating. This time, I tried to keep myself in the room, swirling in a humid block.”

Let's meet Andrea

I am a biology nerd who loves reading just about anything paranormal and some chick lit. I enjoy sunshine and my two Italian greyhounds with my husband.  I always write to music, it helps the creative process.  Dissolve is my first novel. I have been writing ever since I was in grade school and have finally decided to make a career out of it. More books to come summer 2012 and 2013.

The Interview:

Why did you decide to become a writer?
I couldn't stop writing since grade school.

Where do you get your inspiration from? 
Glimpses.  I glimpse a magazine article, a book paragraph, a random photo and something just sparks. 

Can you talk us through the process you go through when you write a book? 
I start with a seed of an idea, then it evolves onto paper.  I have a ritual when writing.  I light a fruity smelling candle and load up my IPod.  Then I break out the computer and see what comes next.

If you were not a writer what would you be?
I was a scientist, but writing is more fun.

What is the best thing about being a writer? 
I love the freedom.  I can write whenever and wherever I feel like it.  I can write as much or as little as I want.

And the worst? 
I never step away from the job.

Did you have a favourite author as a child?
Christopher Pike was my favorite writer in high school and I just knew that I wanted to be in a similar genre.

What do you do in your free time? 
I am usually glued to my computer or Kindle, but my hubby breaks me away for family time once in a while to watch movies and go shopping.

You can visit one place in the world right now, where and why? 
A tropical island alone.  I want to write a whole novel in two weeks without distraction.

Can you give us an odd fact about yourself? 
I hate germs, but love my two Italian Greyhounds...go figure.  I am also known to be pretty silly.

Anything you would like to add? 
I have an incredibly supportive family and am thankful they have stood by while I worked on my dream.  Also, I am a huge music fanatic and listen to the wackiest things.

A few quickfire questions:
Coffee or Tea? Coffee of course.  Caffeine makes the world better.
Summer or winter?  I have to have the warmth!
Physical book or ebook? Gotta love the digital age:)
Wild night out or cosie night in? Definitely a cosie night in with my husband and two dogs.

Thank you to Andrea for taking the time to chat to us today! To find out more about Andrea and her books you can find her around the web here:


  1. Great interview. Yep, I totally understand your need for a tropical island!

  2. Thanks for the interview, it is fabulous!!!! I hope everyone enjoys my books:)


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