Helle Gade is the author of several poetry collections, and a successful book blogger.
I met Helle Gade in various groups and through various comments, because it turns out that we like a lot of the same books and authors. And then I found out that she was also a blogger, and a poet, and a photographer! In short, an incredibly interesting and talented person. And then I finally read her poetry and I was speechless for a while. I was so deeply touched by her amazing talent, the power in her words, and her incredible positivity. And now here she is, and she graciously agreed to answer a few questions about herself, her writing and her blog.
Q1: Can you tell us a bit about yourself? Please feel free to quote the bio from your poetry books, that was one of the cutest bios ever. And please don’t forget the chocolate.
A1: Helle Gade lives in Denmark with her little diva dog. She is a poet, hobby photographer, nocturnal creature, avid reader and chocolate addict. She has been writing poetry since 2011 and published four poetry collections since then. She has been fortunate to work with a bunch of brilliant authors and photographers on The Mind’s Eye series.
That’s my public bio. I have to say that chocolate is my crack. A life without chocolate would be one big depression for me.
I can’t work because I suffer from fibromyalgia, so it’s nice to have a hobby like blogging to entertain me while I can lie down (I do everything on my phone), a hobby that makes me feel like I’m making a difference.
Q2: Let me start with your poetry because I read it and fell in love with your expression. What inspired you to start writing poetry?
A2: Poet Ben Ditmars inspired me. Before I met Ben and read his poetry, I never had any interest in it. What we learned in school about poetry was difficult and so boring. Ben simplified it for me. I understood what he was trying to convey. Then one evening I was trying to write down some characteristics of a character for a book, and suddenly I was sitting with my very first poem. I think it was a month or two after that I published my first collection.
Q3: Your poetry is very powerful, you convey all kinds of emotions, struggles, pain, longing, and you make the reader feel all of those. How did you manage to achieve this? Did you expect this was going to happen or did you just go with the flow and expressed yourself how you felt in the moment?
A3: Many of my poems were written when I was trying to fall asleep. I write everything on my phone, so it was easy to pick it up and write. After I wrote my first poem, it was like a dam opened up. I just kept writing stuff down and only look at it later. There’s even one poem I couldn’t remember writing. 🙂
Q4: You are also a photographer. Is your photography connected to your poetry? For example in your books you often have an image related to a poem. Does the image inspire you or you write a poem and then search for an image that will complement it best?
A4: Photography has been a hobby since I was 13 y/o and my grandparents gave me my first camera. Mixing it with my poetry was just natural to try. Some poems are inspired by the pictures and for some poems I searched through my pics to find a match.
Q5: You are also a very successful blogger? What came first blogging or poetry, how did you become a blogger, what was your motivation?
A5: Poetry came first. All the indie authors I knew recommend that I should start a blog. So I made one where I could share my photography, poetry and indie authors. I didn’t post anything regularly until this January. Suddenly I’m told that people are talking about me and stuff. I was extremely surprised.
Q6: How do you choose books to blog about? Do you have favourite books and authors or does that change with every new book you read?
A6: Well first it was only authors I had read that I interviewed on my blog. I found that I loved to make those posts so I started finding other authors I didn’t know so I could keep the ball rolling. I have had some amazing debut authors on my blog whose books blew my mind.
I love so many authors and their differences. I just can’t pick favourites since new authors pop up every day.
Q7: Do you have a favourite genre? I am getting the idea that it might be Reverse Harem or why Choose romances but is that a general like or are there more specific sub-genres that you like more than others and why?
A7: Well Reverse Harem is my absolute favourite with menage next. I prefer paranormal romance, sci-fi romance, urban fantasy and fantasy. I do read contemporary romance, but I prefer to live in the clouds. Clouds filled with smut. LOL
Q8: What is your favourite thing about blogging?
A8: I love sharing my own stuff, but I take a great deal of pride in knowing I’m helping authors to be seen. I also enjoy interviewing graphic designers, formatters, personal assistants and other author services. That I might help bring people together to make beautiful books is rewarding. I’m not making any money on this, I simply love doing it.
Q9: What are your plans for the next couple of years when it comes to blogging?
A9: I’d like to keep the momentum up and keep going as I am now, but I suffer from fibromyalgia, so that makes everything a bit unpredictable.
I’m also lucky since I found another blogger with the same book interests as me. We are starting to collaborate on different projects. Yes readers, it Ira. ♡ She swept into my life like a whirlwind and now I couldn’t imagine not talking or chatting with her every day. Just wait until I visit her I Holland, I know well bring our shenanigans online for you all to enjoy.
Q10: What are you plans for the next couple of years when it comes to writing? Will there be more poetry? Perhaps a novel?
A10: Um, I try not to think too far ahead since my life can be unpredictable because of my chronic illness. I do plan to try and put a new poetry book together, I have the material. I’m sure Ira will be kicking my butt demanding it. As for any other work, well you’ll just have to wait and see.
Books by Helle Gade
The author’s poetry is deeply touching, filled with emotions and heartbreak. But there is also hope, love, acceptance, and infinite strength. Her powerful expression makes it possible for her to convey all of this. Her poetic talent is immense.
Northern Whispers – This is a collection of Helle Gade’s three first three poetry books: Silent Dreams, Nocturnal Embers and Savage Rose.
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