What’s Helene Young’s passion? Guest post

Today I’m delighted to welcome one of my favourite romantic suspense authors, ARRA winner, RUBY winner and all-round great lady, Helene Young, to my blog with her passion – or at least one of them!

SafeHarbour_cover-1 low resMulti-award-winning author and airline pilot, Helene Young is a Check Captain with Australia’s largest regional airline. Her fast-paced suspense novels star feisty women and sexy men. When she’s not writing or flying Helene’s sailing the seas with Capt G and Zeus, aboard their catamaran Roo Bin Esque.

Hi Helene, welcome to my blog. Do you have a passion other than writing?

I do, Kerrie, and thank you for asking. I had to make a difficult choice to answer this question, though, because flying is definitely a passion that’s consumed me for at least the last twenty-five years, but my new passion, sailing, won by a prodder. (And that sounds like something an erotica writer would say!) I’d dreamed of living aboard a boat for many years and it took fifteen years of hard work to make it a reality. Capt G, Zeus the Salty Sea Dog, and I now live on Roo Bin Esque (a sexy but very voluptuous French catamaran) down in Manly on Moreton Bay.

Tough choice – flying or sailing! How long have you been involved in your passion?

I grew up near the ocean. The first time I went sailing was off Currumbin Beach when a small catamaran got caught in the surf break and ended up beached. I helped the guy relaunch it and for my efforts he took me for a sail to Palm Beach and back. I was about sixteen at the time and I was hooked.

What is it about it that brings a sparkle to your eye / motivates you?

Sailing is challenging, exhilarating, unpredictable and soothing. I love the wind on my face, the hulls hissing through the water and the scattered diamonds of sunlight glinting on the waves. I love the challenge of navigation, the capriciousness of weather reports, and having a new view every day when we’re cruising. I love seeing the colours of the day change from sunrise to moonrise. I love the community of sailors – quirky, diverse and eclectic.

Breakfast on the back deckAnd I love seeing your photos and living vicariously through you – without the motion sickness 🙂

Do you have a funny story about something that’s happened to you while involved in your passion?

Capt G and I raced beach catamarans when we lived in Cairns. We had a boat called ‘Flying Colours’, a little cobra cat, and Capt G took our racing seriously (sheep stations were apparently at stake…)

At one particular regatta at Port Douglas we had a spectacular capsize and I was flung off the trapeze and onto the boom, in the process dislocating my shoulder. For once we were leading the points table, but we needed to complete the last race to win.

A friend’s wife thought I was being a bit of a wuss and came over and gave my arm a wiggle. It hurt like hell, but it did snap back into its socket. The boys then straightened the bent boom using the fork in a tree for leverage and ten minutes later I found myself whimpering, sat on the side of the boat, as we sedately sailed around the course.

And the prize for all this? A hard crafted ash-tray – and we both despise cigarettes!

Ouch!! I hope that ash-tray still has pride of place!

Thanks so much for being on my blog today, Helene and good luck with Safe Harbout!

Her new release, Safe Harbour, is available at all good bookstores, e-retailers and e-book sites. (And strangely enough the opening scene involves a yacht caught in a storm!)

Find all her contact details at:

http://www.heleneyoung.com

 

27 thoughts on “What’s Helene Young’s passion? Guest post

    li class="comment even thread-even depth-1 parent" id="comment-19807">

    For once – these two were not hard to pick!

      li class="comment byuser comment-author-kpadmin bypostauthor odd alt depth-2" id="comment-20774">

      You’re right there, Lily 🙂 Thanks for dropping by!

    li class="comment even thread-odd thread-alt depth-1 parent" id="comment-19828">

    Hi Helene & Kerrie,
    loved sailing in younger days we had a Hobbiecat. and used to race it on the lakes down here. Exhilarating is right. Not sure I feel so confident these days though 🙂
    Love the cover & sound of the story of your new book.

      li class="comment byuser comment-author-kpadmin bypostauthor odd alt depth-2" id="comment-20775">

      Thanks for your comment, Mary 🙂

    li class="comment even thread-even depth-1 parent" id="comment-20436">

    I love sailing but I’m not certain I could ever fly a plane! Fascinating insight into your life, Helene, thank you for sharing.
    Congratulations on your new release – I look forward to reading it.

      li class="comment byuser comment-author-kpadmin bypostauthor odd alt depth-2" id="comment-20776">

      Thanks for dropping by, SE.

    li class="comment even thread-odd thread-alt depth-1 parent" id="comment-20559">

    Love sailing – but I’m the G & T sailor on a Sunday afternoon. Flying – now that is still on my bucket list – my father was a pilot …. I envy your ‘passions’! Enjoy.

      li class="comment byuser comment-author-kpadmin bypostauthor odd alt depth-2" id="comment-20777">

      You’re still a better sailor than me, Tea 🙂

    li class="comment even thread-even depth-1 parent" id="comment-20561">

    Great interview, Kerrie and a lovely glimpse into your life Helene. My sister and brother-in-law race their yacht on Lake Macquarie and around Port Stephens but I just enjoy a nice calm sail.

      li class="comment byuser comment-author-kpadmin bypostauthor odd alt depth-2" id="comment-20778">

      Thanks for dropping by, Erin. I like my water calm too 🙂

    li class="comment even thread-odd thread-alt depth-1" id="comment-22721">

    Oh no!!! I missed the date!! Thanks so much for hosting me, Kerrie 🙂

    Maryde, we raced a Cobra and a Taipan for a few years in Cairns and loved the speed!! Hobies were always close competition 🙂

    SE Gilchrist, flying aircraft is a whole lot of fun and I do miss it right now…

    Thanks for dropping by Kerrie’s blog!

    li class="comment odd alt thread-even depth-1" id="comment-22722">

    Téa, you must have had some adventures with an aviator for a Dad! And I’m very happy to have a G&T in hand once the anchor’s down 🙂

    Erin, I think sailing on Lake Macquarie would be gorgeous! And I have plans to do that one day 🙂

    li class="comment even thread-odd thread-alt depth-1 parent" id="comment-22723">

    Kerrie, thanks so much for hosting me on your blog! And for coming to chat in Newcastle – lovely to meet your Mum as well.

      li class="comment byuser comment-author-kpadmin bypostauthor odd alt depth-2" id="comment-22985">

      Thank you so much for being my guest Helene!

    li class="comment even thread-even depth-1 parent" id="comment-22724">

    Such an adventurer and it shows immensely in your writing. Well done, Helene! Great blog. Thank you!

      li class="comment byuser comment-author-kpadmin bypostauthor odd alt depth-2" id="comment-22987">

      Thanks for dropping by, Donnell!

    li class="comment even thread-odd thread-alt depth-1 parent" id="comment-22770">

    OOh, the chase longe. Great spot. Great post.

      li class="comment byuser comment-author-kpadmin bypostauthor odd alt depth-2" id="comment-22986">

      Thanks for the comment Jenn 🙂

    li class="comment even thread-even depth-1" id="comment-22771">

    Every boat should have one, Jenn 🙂 Thanks for dropping by – I know you’re busy playing with your new home as well!

    li class="comment odd alt thread-odd thread-alt depth-1 parent" id="comment-22780">

    I love hearing about other people’s passions, even if I don’t share them. Sailing looks wonderful until I get in the boat – and then it’s not! For me anyway. But how fabulous that you can live this passion 24 hrs a day, I always enjoy your pics of the sea on FB.

      li class="comment byuser comment-author-kpadmin bypostauthor even depth-2" id="comment-22988">

      I’m with you, Phillipa – I prefer to stay on the shore and look at the boats 🙂

    li class="comment odd alt thread-even depth-1" id="comment-22797">

    Thanks for dropping by, Donnell, I don’t feel adventurous but I do like a challenge!!

    li class="comment even thread-odd thread-alt depth-1 parent" id="comment-22798">

    Phillipa, there are so many sailors who get quite green at the first sign of swell and yet they continue! I”m not that brave so I’m very glad I don’t get seasick.

    And I’m glad you like my ocean pics – Capt G is forever rolling his eyes when I post ‘yet another’ sunrise or sunset 🙂

      li class="comment byuser comment-author-kpadmin bypostauthor odd alt depth-2" id="comment-22991">

      Well, pffft to Capt G! Tell him we like your photos!!

    li class="comment even thread-even depth-1 parent" id="comment-22842">

    Your life sounds nearly as exciting as your books, Helene!

      li class="comment byuser comment-author-kpadmin bypostauthor odd alt depth-2" id="comment-22989">

      It does, doesn’t it Denise?! Thanks for dropping by!

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