Friday, April 26, 2013

Q&A with Author Chantal Bellehumeur


Author Chantal Bellehumeur




Author: Chantal Bellehumeur

Book Titles: Just.Another.Common.Killer, Thirteen-A compilation of Short Stories, Veronica’s Soap Opera Life, Veronica’s Attempt at Romance, Veronica’s Happily Ever After, Sdrawkcab, Hope.

Book type:  All of Chantal’s published books are available as paperbacks and e-books. 

Genre: Horror, Mystery, romance, Fantasy

Book descriptions: Go to the following link to view back to back book cover images along with the summaries of each book: http://imgur.com/a/J62oc

Book exerts: Go to Amazon sites or http://figment.com/users/304170-Chantal-Bellehumeur




Author bio:
I always loved to write but never thought about publishing anything until a friend of mine told me I should.

Before that, I was more interested in acting. I performed in a couple of amateur stage showed and joined a Youth run Theatre Company. I was also an extra in a few commercials, TV shows and movies.

My love for acting soon got replaced with the love for my son. I made him my number one priority. I found it easier to write on my spare time than to work around other people's schedules to act. I found that I had to use some of my acting training to write since I had to put myself in the shoes of the characters I created.

I write a bit of everything, but horror is more ME.  I wrote the novel "Just.Another.Common.Killer", which is based on Jack the Ripper. I wrote some mysterious short stories, which I published in "Thirteen-A compilation of short stories"   I also wrote a series of soap operas/romance books for female readers.  The fictional diaries are entitled "Veronica's Soap Opera Life", "Veronica's Attempt at Romance" and "Veronica's Happily Ever After".  In addition, I wrote a fantasy book, "Sdrawkcab" for my pre-teen son.  I hate to talk about my novel “Hope”.  I wrote it when I was really sick (I have colitis) and desperate to make my family and friends understand what I was going through.  It is definitely not by best work, and I don’t generally encourage people to read it.  I have been receiving a lot of positive feedback form my other books and am hoping that others will help me pass the word along about my published work, even if I simply write as a hobby.

My co-worker wrote an article about me and my novels. To read it, go to www.thesuburban.com, click on the magazine tab and go to page 19 of the March 29 2013 issue.

I started writing short stories for The Suburban's online magazine, even though they do not usually publish fiction.  My story "A mother's Love" should be in the Mother's day issue, and "A Father's promise" should be in the Father's day issue.

While I continue to come up with stories, I encourage my son to so some writing of his own since he is full of good ideas and has a big imagination. He reminds me of myself as a child.  I wrote a lot of stories and turned then into little books by stapling pieces of papers together.
I am a single mom and feel very lucky to have my son in my life



Q & A:

How do you perceive yourself? 

I like to think of myself as nice, friendly and caring.  I admit to being a neat freak as well as a drama queen sometimes.  I am also very creative.  Aside from writing, I do artwork and I used to act.  I also performed in dance shows, which I really enjoyed.  I took singing lessons when I was younger, but did not like it as much.  I like to sing when I am alone, not in front of a crowd.

Do you have any children, a significant other, or pets?

I have a son, whom I love more than anything in the world.  I had to give away my cat when he was born because she became very jealous of him and kept peeing in his crib and stroller.  I got Persephone when she was just a newborn kitten that fit into my hand and treated her like my baby.  I guess she felt neglected when my son was born.  I am no longer in a relationship with Aidan’s father, whom I lived with for almost 6 years, but we remained friends.  I am currently seeing somebody. 

What can’t you live without

Writing material and lip balm.

What are your hobbies? 

During the warmer seasons I like being outdoors.  I like to take walks or sit in the park to read.  Sometimes I go out in thunderstorms.  During the winter, I like cuddling in front of the TV with a blanket and a warm beverage.  I like watching horror and suspenseful movies and sometimes comedies.  I love to travel and explore different parts of the world.

What do you like to read? 

Mainly mystery, suspense, and horror novels.  Sometimes I you will find me reading a girly book.  It is the same with my movie choices. 

What is your favourite book?  

Just.Another.Common.Killer?  Lol  That is the one I am most proud of.  I don’t really have a favourite book.  I used to love “Romeo and Juliet”.  I still do but am not as obsessed with the story.    

What kind of music do you like listening to?  

I like dancing, even when I do dishes or housework, so anything with a good rhythm.

Where do you live? 

Montreal, Quebec (Canada)

Are you a full time writer?  

No, I just do this as a hobby.  I write when I get hit with inspiration. 

What is your daily routine? 

I get up a bit early to go to work because when I get to the office I like to take my time to wake up and check my personal messages before starting my work day.  When I get home, I make diner for me and my son.  We usually do the dishes afterwards and then try to spend some quality time together. 

Does your day-to-day life affect your writing?  

Sometimes I get an urge to write but can’t and it bothers me.

What do you like doing on your days off?

Friday is usually a movie night.  My son and I both love watching movies.  Saturday mornings are reserved for running errands and doing housework.  I try to do an activity with my son, if he does not go to a friend’s house.  I like going out with my friends or just relaxing around the house.  Obviously, I also like writing and do so when I have a bit of time to myself.

What kind of atmosphere do you need to do your writing?  

When I just write notes I can be anywhere.   I tend to bring note books with me, but when I don’t have them I jot down ideas on random scraps of papers, post-its, napkins, inside my puzzle books… Any paper available really.  When I am trying to focus on a story I must be in a quiet area.  I use my laptop. 

How long have you been writing? 

I’ve been writing since I was a child, but never thought about publishing anything until a friend of mine told me I should.  I published my first novel in 2009.

What motivates you to write?   

Generally I just get random urges. When I get good feedback it gives me an extra push.
  
What do you like and dislike about writing?  

I like seeing my ideas grow.  I hate it when I am at the stage or reading my work over and over because I start to hate it.  But, I set it aside and read it again a few days later and start to like it again.  I am always very proud of my finished product, and hearing people say they enjoyed reading my stories.  I hate the fact that I have to spend so much time marketing my books and myself.  It feels like it is time I could be spending doing more writing.  But, it has to be done for more people to know my books exist.





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