Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Interview With Helen Scott Taylor

I'm thrilled to have my fellow Pixie Helen Scott Taylor on the blog today. Helen writes paranormal books steeped in Celtic lore, suspense, and magic. You'll fall in love with both her characters and the rich world they inhabit. If you love fairies, action, and sizzling romance, you'll love her books! When Helen agreed to be interviewed on the blog with her latest release, THE PHOENIX CHARM, I was thrilled! Here's a peek at THE PHOENIX CHARM:

Respectable wise woman Cordelia restrains her secret water nymph sensuality with the Celtic symbols painted on her skin. But Michael’s powerful fairy glamour leaves her breathless, off balance, struggling for control. When Gwyn ap Nudd, the Welsh King of the Underworld, steals away Michael’s infant nephew, Cordelia must work with him to save the child. But how can she trust her instincts with Michael tempting her to explore the hidden elemental depths of her nature and insisting that she believe in the power of…The Phoenix Charm.

Helen chose to be interviewed by that rum-swilling gentleman, Captain Jack Sparrow.

Captain Jack Sparrow

Helen Scott Taylor

Now that you know who's who, let's dive into the interview and reveal the beautiful cupcake my hubby made for Helen. Since a Phoenix charm is central to her story, my hubby recreated that charm on a cupcake. Without further ado, I give you the cupcake and Helen's interview with Captain Jack.

1. Would you classify yourself as a pirate or a member of Her Majesty’s Royal navy? Why?

I am definitely a member of HM Royal Navy. I’ve always been scared of breaking the law and getting into trouble so I wouldn’t have the guts to be a pirate.

2. Breaking the law can be exhilarating, my dear. Especially when the law is particularly stupid. I may have to broaden your horizons. We'll start with a short trip to one of my favorite places. What’s your favorite thing to do in Tortuga?

The place must have a rich and interesting history and there’s nothing I enjoy more than exploring historical buildings.

3. *squints at you* Exploring historical buildings? Of course, darling. We can do that. Let's just be sure the Rum Depository is on the list of buildings we explore. I’m offering you free passage aboard my ship to anywhere in the world. Where shall we go, love?

My mother was born in Ceylon, which we now know as Sri Lanka, so I’d love to visit there. I’m sure there will be rich pickings for you as Ceylon is known as the Jewel box of the Indian Ocean

4. Now you're speaking my language! Who is the hero of your story most like: me (savvy, debonair, and unquestionably smooth with the ladies), the insufferably honorable Will Turner, or that deceptive little minx Elizabeth?

Savvy, debonair and smooth with the ladies exactly sums up Michael, my hero in The Phoenix Charm. Like you, he loves to enjoy life and leave someone else to sort out the problems if he can.

5. Sounds like a man of excellent character. Rum? Or more rum?

Diet coke for me, I’m afraid. Or I might be persuaded to drink a little wine if I’m celebrating a special occasion.

6. Every day with me is a special occasion, love. Which leads me to the age old question: Why is the rum always gone?

The problem is that if you drink too much of it, you forget where it went.

7. Oh, I know where it went. I just don't understand why we don't have MORE. What’s the most piratish thing you’ve ever done?

I’m a dedicated member of HM Royal Navy so I uphold the law at all times. (That’s my story and I’m sticking to it.)

8. You know, my darling, that sounds like a challenge to me. Perhaps I should take on the task of breaking you of your deplorable law-abiding ways. Here's a test: Are they rules? Or more like guidelines?

Some rules are bendy. You have to give them a push to find out.

9. You see? You aren't so law-abiding after all. *winks* I can always sense a woman's inner pirate. I understand you’re a story-teller. Any undead monkeys in your stories?

Funny you should ask that…I don’t have an undead monkey, but I do have a fire-breathing monkey in my next story.

10. Lovely. As if an undead monkey wasn't bad enough. *shudders* Any curses in your story? Heartless monsters? Irritating women who insist on taking matters into their own hands?

All of the above and lots more dastardly creatures and honorable heroes.

11. Sounds like my kind of story! Perhaps one of your dastardly creatures could be called Jack? One of my favorite words is “egregious.” Care to share one of yours, love?

Indubitably—one of my characters said that just the other day.

12. I admire your character's perspicacity. Parlay? Or draw your sword?

Parlay, without a doubt. I run a mile from conflict.

13. Run away to fight again another day, I always say. Speaking of running, you’ve got a crowd of cursed sailors and a nasty sea monster on your trail. How do you escape?

Have a mythic god throw down a lightning bolt. What’s a little divine intervention between friends?

14. *glances around uneasily* You're on speaking terms with a mythic god, are you my dear? Perhaps you should put in a good word for me. Just in case. Romantic night in? Or adventure on the high seas?

I like blending genres so I think romance on the high seas might be fun.

15. I like the way you think. My personal motto is: Take what you want, give nothing back. What’s yours?

Make your own destiny.

Thank you, Helen, for the fun interview! To learn more about Helen and to read excerpts of her books, head to her website. Of course, the fun isn't over yet. Helen is giving away a signed copy of THE PHOENIX CHARM to one of my lucky commenters. Here's how to enter:

How to Enter:

1. Earn entries:

*Comment on this post with a question or comment for Helen = 1 entry

*Be a follower of this blog = 3 entries

*Tweet the link to this interview = 3 entries (Use @cjredwine or leave url to tweet in your comment so I can see it.)

*Post the contest on your blog = 3 entries (Include link in your comment.)

*Post a link on your Facebook status = 3 entries (Include link in comment.)

2. Tally it up: Please tally up your entries and leave the total in your comment.

3. Check back: The contest is open until 8 p.m. Saturday, July 17th. Please check back to see if you've won and to claim your prize!


  1. Hi Helen & CJ (& Jack, of course),

    Lovely interview! You matched wits with Jack and came out on top!

    Can't wait to read bad boy Michael's story. Must be some woman to tame him!

    Have a great day.



  2. Such a fun interview. Captain Jack you are great as always but bad Boy Michael is the best!!! The Phoenix Charm is a wonderful book that will transport you in an incredible world of suspense, magic and sensuality. I love that book.

  3. +1 Great interview! The Phoenix Charm has been on my wish list for some time now :)

    +3 follower

    = 4 entries

    throuthehaze at gmail dot com

  4. Thank you so much for having me as a guest. Captain Jack was a total gentlemen while he conducted the interview. And what a fab cup cake!


  5. Helen - you held your own with Jack - good stuff! :)

    The book sounds like a lot of fun - it would make a perfect summer read!

    (4 points)

  6. Hi Susan, I'm glad you enjoyed the interview. I had fun answering Captain Jack's questions.

    Hi Mona, Thank you for your kind words about The Phoenix Charm. Don't you just love the cute cup cake with the phoenix symbol on top?

    Hi throuthehaze, Michael loves to be on people's wish lists!

    Hi Jemi, Glad you like the sound of the book. I had a lot of fun writing it.

    Thank you all for stopping by to read my interview.


  7. I love Helen, love Captain Jack and the Phoenix Charm sounds fabulous so its all a win win. I'm partial to cupcakes too. :)

  8. That is a beautiful cupcake.

    Great interview! And as a huge fan of all things Celtic, this book is going on my TBR list!

    comment = 1 point
    follower = 3 points

    4 points total

  9. Hi Beth, thank you for stopping by to read my interview.

    Hi Ella144, glad you enjoyed the interview. It was a lot of fun!


  10. Sounds fun! I'll add Helen to my list of authors I want to try.

  11. Sounds like a great book and I'll have to check it out! Excellent interview and cupcake.

    I believe I have 10 entries. I can't include the link to my FB bc my account is private, but I know you can see it, CJ> =)

  12. Helen, you almost stuck to your guns and confounded that silly pirate. Next time, don't even give him an inch. ;)

    4 entries.

    I'm sure I've tweeted it, but I can't remember how many points that is. Hey, I just woke up.


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