Helen A Rosburg is owner, president, and executive editor of Medallion Media Group, a nonfiction and genre fiction publishing company based in Aurora, IL. Helen is also an award-winning author and a sponsor of Triple Threat Mentoring, a not-for-profit organization devoted to helping under-resourced urban youth gain confidence and life skills. She lives on a slightly dusty farm in Florida with her husband, James, and a zoo’s worth of rescued or retired critters, including horses, rabbits, dogs, cats, pigs, and chickens. When not running Medallion Press, writing, or showing horses and dogs, Helen enjoys traveling to exotic locations across the world.
Julie: Welcome, Helen. Please tell us a little bit about yourself.
Helen: I’m a busy girl. I am CEO of the media group I founded. I write novels. I live on a 130-acre farm where I have over 200 domestic and exotic rescue animals. I also have a unique dog rescue and rehab facility, with currently 40 dogs and expanding. I mentor at-risk urban youth. Oh, and I show horses competitively. The rest of the time I try to squeeze in sleeping and eating.
Julie: What influenced you to get published? How long did it take for your first book to get published?
Helen: I have wanted to be a writer ever since I learned to write in the first grade. And, of course, all writers want to be published. I worked on my first novel for years, getting rejected over and over, taking rejection suggestions and rewriting until I finally got it right. That was about a ten-year span.
Julie: Do you have a book that was easiest to write or one that was the hardest?
Helen: The easiest was Lady Blue because it was a light-hearted period romance. I usually write heavily researched historicals. That being said, my hardest novels were By Honor Bound and Call of the Trumpet, because they required years of research.
Julie: Could you tell us a couple of favorite books that inspired you to write?
Helen: All books inspired me. Every one I have read over the course of my life contained magic, just in different forms. I can only say that I was inspired to write mainly historical romance because of three writers I devoured: Taylor Caldwell; Thomas Costain; Kathleen Woodiwiss.
Julie: I see that your latest release, Angelique, is an animated book app about vampires. Since this is something we don’t see every day, would you tell us more about it?
Helen: Angelique is unique. It’s a vampire romance novella based on the poem, Angelique, I wrote a number of years ago. The app has the story, of course, an original musical score, animated illustrations, and the audio book is narrated by me. A total entertainment package!
Julie: If you could collaborate with one author who would it be?
Helen: Dawn Schiller, who wrote The Road Through Wonderland. We have similar interests and backgrounds, and her voice is absolutely haunting.
Julie: Other than writing, what are some of your passions in life?
Helen: Rescuing animals and children are at the top of the list. Right after that comes cooking. I become Kung-fu cook in a kitchen. It’s another form of creativity and my main outlet when my writing muse goes on vacation.
Julie: What books are currently on your nightstand?
Helen: The Bible. Everything else is on my iPad and most are historical novels about Egypt, mainly from a French author.
Julie: What can readers expect next from you?
Helen: There’s just no telling what’s next. I’m full of surprises. Stay tuned.
Arabesque, Medallion Press
Books by Helen A. Rosburg
Filed Under: Behind the Books