Monday, August 26, 2013

Welcome Guest Author, Irene Helenowski (CONTEST ALERT: ENTER TO WIN!!!)

Today we welcome guest Author, Irene Helenowski.  I had the pleasure to interview Irene regarding her latest release, Order of the Dimensions.  Following the interview are instructions on how to ENTER TO WIN a free copy of Order of the Dimensions!

Welcome, Irene.  Please tell us a little about yourself. 

Thank you!  Happy to be here.  I am a Chicago native and a biostatistician at an academic medical center here in Chicago.  My family emigrated here from Poland in the 1960s, where my sister and brothers were born but I was born here.

Wow, that’s very impressive!  What genres do you write? 

My first book and its sequel is science fiction, but I’d love to explore other genres.

Tell us about your newest release and what inspired you to write it. 

I was inspired to write Order of the Dimensions after watching a science special on the multiverse theory and thought it would be neat to write a story where the characters lead different lives in different dimensions.

If you could spend a day with one of your characters, which one would it be and why? 

Okay, I'll say it - probably Anton.  He's evil but he is also kind of hot, LOL :)

What is your favorite part of writing? 

Just coming up with stories.  Sometimes I take daily anecdotes and elaborate them into exaggerated adventures.

What is your least favorite part of writing?

Editing, but it’s a necessary evil :)

Which of your works would you most like to see as a movie? 

I think  Order of the Dimensions would make a pretty neat movie :)

Who would you cast as the lead? 

I do already have a fantasy cast in mind, LOL.  It's even on my facebook page at

I know I will be sure to check out that cast!

So where do you get your inspiration for your main characters? 

Everywhere.  From other books and movies to different people I have meet in real life.

Does your hometown or other areas of your personal background figure into your work? 

There are parts of the story that take place in Chicago as well as places I've visited.

Have you done or currently plan to do any sequels?

 I am working on one now :)

Ahh!  You heard it here first!

Tell us about your experience with the road to publication?

I am self-publishing, but unfortunately, book sales have been dismal so I am trying to get into the traditional route.  That has also been harder than expected, however.

It’s not easy; in fact, it’s almost impossible (“almost” being the key word!).  That’s why it’s so exciting that you’ve actually done it twice and are working on your third!  But how do you balance your “real life” with writing?  

I just try to carve out time to write whenever I can.

Also easier said than done!

If you could go back in time, what historical period or event would you most love to visit? 

The Renaissance - I'd just love to talk to all the artists, scientists, and authors at that time.

How did you become a writer? 

I don't know if I still would consider myself a writer; I just still like writing for fun.

You most certainly are!  You are way too modest, but who are some of your other favorite authors? 

Joseph Conrad, Jack London, Michael Crichton.

What author would you love to trade places with for a day?

JK Rowling -- I'd love to know the secrets of all her success ;)

Yes, I agree – that would be fun! 

Does your family and/or significant other comment or critique your work? 

I have several good friends that offer me advice on my writing.

Is there anything else you would like to share about the book

Just hope people enjoy it and perhaps that young girls might be intrigued to look into the sciences.

Have you written other books, or have any other projects in the works that we should know about? 

I’m still working on a sequel now.  And I have some ideas for the future but haven’t gotten to them yet.

Where can we purchase Order of the Dimensions?

Buy Links:

And now for the contest!  ENTER TO WIN a FREE copy of Order of the Dimensions!

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Thank you for joining us today, Irene!  Please come back anytime – we look forward to hearing more from you soon.  In the meantime, we will follow you on your facebook page: and check out the cast as well!

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