IWD with Lisa Heidke and Helene Young

Yesterday, I had the great pleasure of meeting authors,  Lisa Heidke and Helene Young when they spoke at my local library in Taree in a celebration of International Women’s Day. These two very charming and friendly ladies spoke to the capacity 50 strong audience for around an hour, answered questions graciously and signed books purchased by the crowd.

Lisa Heidke spoke of her journey to publication from her first book, Lucy Springer Gets Even to her fourth release Stella Makes Good which I reviewed earlier this year. Lisa was hilariously frank and entertaining about both the pitfalls and pleasures of being a published author.

Helene Young discussed how she developed a love of reading and how that influenced her to write. A pilot, Helene talked of her experiences in aviation and how her work has been the inspiration behind her loosely linked trilogy of romantic suspense novels, which includes Wings of Fear, which I reviewed in January, Shattered Sky and Burning Lies due for release in July this year.

Both women fielded questions about writing from the audience sharing their techniques (they are both ‘pantsers’), how they deal with writers block, and where and when they write.

Thanks to Great Lakes Wines we sipped on bubbly and nibbled at local produce as Lisa and Helene signed books and posed for photo’s with fans.

Afterwards, Lisa, Helene, a few of the library staff, Brenda Telford (a Goodreads friend, who is lovely and a pleasure to meet) and I headed out to dinner at Fish, Fish, Fish where we enjoyed a tasty meal, some wine and a lot of laughs. I can’t begin to tell you just how warm and delightful both Lisa and Helene are. We had some really interesting discussions about books, writing, blogging and everything in between. Mostly though we laughed and to think I was so incredibly nervous about the whole thing! I am already very much looking forward to meeting up with them again.I was a fan of their work and now I am a devoted fan of who they are. Anytime, you are in the neighborhood ladies!!

Truly is was a fabulous night spent with some wonderful people, and if you ever get the chance, you must go and listen to them talk.

That’s me, with them!


Lisa Heidke is the author of: Lucy Springer gets Even, What Kate Did Next, Claudia’s Big Break and Stella Makes Good. Visit her website for more details and follow her on Facebook and Twitter

Helene Young is the author of: Wings of Fear and Shattered Sky. Visit her website for more details and follow her on Facebook and Twitter


13 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Patty
    Mar 10, 2012 @ 02:00:21




  2. Leeswammes
    Mar 10, 2012 @ 02:49:27

    Sounds like you had a great time! I actually had 3 bookish events this week and nothing to show for it – a poet at the local bookshop, a jury meeting for the short story competition and a reading aloud competition for 10-12 year olds where I was also in the jury.

    I love meeting up with people that share a love of reading!



  3. mari (Bookworm with a View)
    Mar 10, 2012 @ 04:12:41

    I love that you had an opportunity to meet authors!

    I live just 16 miles outside NYC, with only one bookstore about 15 minutes from my home (they don’t host many events). Getting to the city takes 90 minutes + the commute to final destination… so I don’t get in much for events during the week and weekend day events are hard to find. So I’m jealous that you have this (even though it’s my choice not to travel). 🙂



    • shelleyrae @ Book'd Out
      Mar 10, 2012 @ 14:51:57

      This was my first author event Mari, I live a 3 and a half hour drive (about 230 miles) up the coast from Sydney and it isn’t often you can convince authors to come up this far.
      Lisa drove up from Sydney and Helene had to catch two planes (from Cairns to Sydney, Sydney to Port Macquarie) and then drive an hour to Taree. How generous were they?!



  4. Rachelle Lerner
    Mar 10, 2012 @ 06:03:48

    Great Lake Wines sounds like something that would be produced in North America from one of the 5 Great Lakes between the States and Canada. We often go to one of the Finger Lakes Wineries in New York State – we have many wineries to choose from. It sounds like you had a great time.



    • shelleyrae @ Book'd Out
      Mar 10, 2012 @ 14:57:57

      The region I live in is known as the Manning Valley/Great Lakes though most of the wineries are in the Hunter region below us, we do have quite a few in the area. I don’t actually drink wine LOL



  5. Marg
    Mar 10, 2012 @ 12:30:59

    This sounds like such a fun event. I have heard Helene speak before and she was very entertaining!



  6. Brenda
    Mar 10, 2012 @ 19:37:37

    A thoroughly enjoyable evening, with a lot of fun had by all:) Loved meeting you, Shelleyrae, and putting a face to the fantastic work you do! The ladies were brilliant, so relaxed and casual, they put everyone at ease! A total pleasure to meet them both 🙂



  7. Elizabeth Lhuede
    Mar 12, 2012 @ 17:19:35

    Thanks for the wrap-up, Shelleyrae. I would have loved to be there to see Helene and Lisa again and meet you and Brenda. Sounds like you all had a brilliant time. Too many wonderful things happening on International Women’s Day. Maybe there’ll be another occasion?



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