Follow Me Darkly by Helen Hardt @helenhardt #Interview

Follow Me Darkly by Helen Hardt

She’s a take-charge woman. But he’s a master of control.

Skye Manning knows what she wants. Her job as assistant and photographer for a major social media influencer isn’t perfect, but it’s a rung on the ladder to bigger and better things. She’s confident she’ll one day take feature photos for National Geographic.

Self-made billionaire Braden Black didn’t get where he is by taking no for an answer. When a chance encounter with the refreshingly innocent and beautiful Skye piques his interest in more ways than one, he’s determined to make her submit.

Dating a billionaire soon has Skye in the middle of a Cinderella story…until the clock strikes midnight and Braden reveals his dark side. Heat sizzles between them, and Skye finds herself falling hard.

But Braden Black is no Prince Charming, and his dark desires are far from his only secret.


Can you tell us a little about your publishing journey, please?

I wrote my first story at six years old! But I took some detours to get where I am today. I studied in France, went to law school, got married, and was a stay-at-home mom for fifteen years to my two wonderful sons before I got serious about writing in 2007.

How do you decide who to dedicate your books too?

I think about who’s important to me and who helped with the particular book the most.

What was the inspiration behind your latest release?

Follow Me Darkly was a collaboration with my editor, Liz Pelletier. She and I have known each other for over ten years and we wanted to work together, so we came up with the premise in tandem, and then I wrote the book without plotting anything. I’m a pantser all the way! During edits, we continued our collaboration. It worked well!

Do you find it hard to let your characters go when you finish writing the book?

Not really, because I have new characters to get to know!

What is one of your favourite reads?

Shark’s Edge by Angel Payne and Victoria Blue.

Who is your favourite author?

I can’t choose just one! I’ll pick a few from a long, long, list. Diana Gabaldon, Nora Roberts, Lisa Kleypas, Laura Ingalls Wilder, C.S. Lewis, J.K. Rowling.

Was there a point in your life that a book helped you get through, if so which one?

I can’t pinpoint a single one, but many times I’ve gotten advice I need at the time from the book I happen to be reading. The universe seems to know what I need to be reading!

Is there anyone that you would like to mention and thank for their support of your writing? 

Many! But the person I credit most with getting my work into the world is Meredith Wild. She and her company definitely took me to the next level and made sure readers knew who I was. Thank you, Meredith! And thank you also to the many talented editors I’ve worked with. I’m looking at you, Liz Pelletier, Celina Summers, Scott Saunders, Jeanne De Vita, and Diana Carlile. I’ve learned so much from each of you!

If you had the power to give everyone in the world one book, what would it be and why?

As a Man Thinketh by James Allen. It’s a short treatise on the power of positive thinking. It will change your life!

What are you working on now?

I’m writing the third book in the Follow Me series, Follow Me Always.

Lastly, do you have any questions for your readers?

What would you like to see from me next? And also, thank you for reading! None of what I do would matter without all of you!

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