Monday, March 5, 2012

FLYAWAY author Helen Landalf

A few months ago while attending a YA book event at Third Place Books in Seattle, a lovely woman sat next to me. Turns out we knew each other from Twitter and that her debut YA Contemporary was getting ready to take flight into the world. I couldn't wait to read it.

Fast forward to last month and this same lovely author made the trek up to Bellingham for her own event at Village Books. Happy to attend, I got myself an autographed copy.

From the bit that Helen read, I knew I'd enjoy the story. And there was so much more to love. I read it in one gulp.

I hope you'll go find yourself a copy.

Helen's Author Website
On Writing:
Favorite thing about writing a first draft:
I love it when I surprise myself and come up with a plot twist I didn’t expect. Those are the moments I live for!
Best thing about writing for kids and/or teens:
Teens have such a rich emotional life, and I love having the chance to go back there and experience it all again.
Favorite word?:
Yearning. It sounds exactly the way it feels.
One word that describes your path to publication:
If I could have two dream careers, I’d be an author and:
An actress
On Life:
If I could snap my fingers and solve one of the problems here on earth, it would be:
No more war
One question I wish I had a definitive answer to:
Why am I here?
Best thing about being a child:
The total lack of responsibility
Worst thing about being a child:
The complete lack of power
Best thing about being a teenager:
The intensity of the emotions
Worst thing about being a teenager:
The intensity of the emotions
Most memorable teen moment:
Being told I had cancer at age 15
One thing I’d like to say to my teen self:
“You’re going to be a writer, so pay attention to everything!”
A quote I live by:
“A ship in the harbor is safe, but that’s not what ships are for.”
My dream vacation:
I’ve always wanted to see Paris. Hopefully someday I will.
In My Perfect World…
Everyone would get home-baked bread and fresh produce at least once a week.
There would be an abundance of food and water.
No one would be deprived of love.
Every child would have a family. 
No one would ever be homeless.
Medical care would be free for everyone.


  1. Beautiful interview. Just added "Flyaway" to my "to order" list.

    and yearning does sound the way it feels...

  2. Great interview, nice to meet you, Helen. :))

  3. I love these interviews - especially the questions part. And the cover of that book alone makes me want to run out and buy it!

  4. Yearning does sounds exactly the way it feels. Great post and interview. Lovely to meet you, Helen!

  5. Fantastic post and interview! Definitely going to add Flyaway to my TBB list. Lucky you Angelina to meet Helen :) And Helen, thank you for sharing your words with the world!

  6. So glad you all enjoyed the interview and I hope you enjoy the book as well.

  7. Thank you, Angelina, for this introduction to Helen and her book. She sounds lovely, and I'm adding Flyaway to my list!


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