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Helen Hipp Author Interview

Helen Hipp Author PhotoA few questions for author Helen Hipp:

Q: Your children’s adventure books are based on some unusual true-life experiences, please explain and give a brief description of your books.

A: While on Safari in Africa during 2001, my family witnessed something few get to see – a pink hippo. Separated from the pod and barely tolerated due to her differences, my son Ray, who has been diagnosed with autism, felt an instant affinity to the hippo and he named her Rosie.

Rosie – the Pink Hippo knows a lot about being different, and her adventures offer up lighthearted, ever-changing perspectives that transform personal challenges into opportunities.

Q: What vision do you have for your books and where do you want it to take you? 

A: My adventure books have already taken me on a journey’s that has given me the opportunity to meet a large number of wonderful people, all of which I refer to as my “Safari Family”. I cannot imagine anything more rewarding than bringing more of Rosie’s adventures and their powerful message onto the stage and into schools to create an atmosphere of enjoyment, understanding, acceptance and awareness.

Q: What appeals to you most about children’s books?

A: I find the presence of innocence, imagination and creativity that is woven into many of the children’s books very captivating. I guess you can say I am a child at heart.




Helen Hipp has had her own kind of safari through the land of a large family. She was always exploring new ways to define herself. There are many ways to navigate the waters of life says Helen. “You may ride in a canoe, sailboat, motorboat, or you may find yourself on the back of a pink hippo!”

With a mindset that centered on creating opportunities out of obstacles, Helen explored career opportunities, by connecting her personal experiences (parenting a child with special needs) with her beliefs, professional skills, and aspirations.

Helen received her M.A. in counseling and began her career as a psychotherapist to help people find answers for their life problems. Her work eventually evolved into a coaching practice, WithinU Life Coaching, focusing on individuals with special needs and their families.

Helen has authored articles for Family Works and Washington Family Magazine and written multiple self-help articles published by ezine.com where she is viewed as an expert in her field. She has been a contributor as a special needs consultant to FOX44 News in Burlington, Vermont.

In addition to her work, Helen has written two children’s books creating a very effective way to motivate kids of all ages to meet their challenges with self-acceptance, confidence and understanding.

Her debut children’s book, A Different Kind of Safari, released in 2013 addresses the many questions life asks by offering up lighthearted, ever-changing perspectives that transform personal challenges into opportunities. Once again, the engaging safari family, led by Rosie the Pink Hippo inspires, and help you see your life differently in her new book, Rosie and Friends Positively Different. With a cast characters experiencing real-life issues such as anxiety, fear, physical differences and poor self-esteem, Helen Hipp’s adventure books provide children with the opportunity to identify, understand and feel supported by the characters handling of similar fears, interests, and concerns.

Readers can connect with Helen Hipp on her website and on Twitter.

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Interview with Blake Gardner, Author of Inhuman Emergence: Innocence

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In anticipation of Blake Gardner’s upcoming Virtual Book Tour for “Inhuman Emergence: Innocence” (November 30th thru December 4th) via My Book Tour, I took the opportunity to interview the author. Blake had some interesting things to say about the first book in his new series and about writing in general.


Q. Tell us a little about your new book, “Inhuman Emergence: Innocence”.

A. The book is a statement about the human condition. Society is so connected and intertwined. This is the opening book, an introduction to a world where the boundaries between the minds of people’s separate conscious and subconscious minds are grayed.

Q. What book genre would you say your book falls under?

A. The premise of the book is paranormal. Portions of it could be called science fiction, and some would agree that it is a science fiction novel but I tend to think of it as a paranormal one.

Q. Your main character, Owen, is a teenager. Will “Inhuman Emergence: Innocence” still appeal to readers of any age? Why?

A. It will, I know this from the ages of people I have sold the book to. Why would an older person want to read a book for a younger crowd? One thing for me stands out: it’s more family friendly. An adult might want to read a children’s book for the same reason they wouldn’t want their child to read Fifty Shades of Grey. Not that it’s a terribly written book but some things you just can’t unread.

Q. Did you always want to be an author?

A. There’s no simple way to answer that. I have always had an ability to write. The important thing is I want to be an author now. People have always encouraged me to write, some even suggested that I become an author before it occurred to me. It happened shortly after college that I decided I wanted to. I felt like the profession was calling me.

Q. How long did it take you to complete “Innocence”?

A. It took me over a year to complete. It was slow working on it at first. I didn’t know quite where I wanted to take the novel. It was just a hobby then, I had a day job and I would come home and write at night.

Q. Who are some of your favorite authors?

A. I enjoy many different authors. Tolkien, Rand, and Rowling just to name a few.

Q. If you could spend the day with any famous person – past, present or future – who would it be and what would you do together?

A. I would spend a day with Homer. There may be a language barrier, so I would study his native tongue before I visited him. His work was an inspiration to not only me, but many others over the centuries. I would have many questions about his work. After I ask him about the Iliad and the Odyssey, we’d enjoy a nice drink and a meal.

Q. When will the next installment of the “Inhuman Series” be out?

A. I hope it will be out next year, which means I will have to complete it soon. But don’t worry I’ve been busy working on it.


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Blake Gardner is a debut author from Michigan. He has always had a love of reading. Writing interested him from a young age. For a short period, Blake found himself without a driver’s license and decided to write a book with all his spare time. “You can think of a great number of imaginative things while waiting,” Blake says.

He loves sharing his work with readers. Blake encourages readers to connect with him via his website, and on Twitter and Facebook.

*My Book Tour will be hosting Blake’s upcoming book tour for “Inhuman Emergence: Innocence” from November 30th thru December 4th. Blake is generously giving away FIVE signed copies of his book, so please stop by to say hello and enter the giveaway.



Interview with me at eBook Review Gal



There’s a new interview with me at eBook Review Gal, a site that provides a terrific marketing platform for indie authors. Many of the options are free of charge — such as author interviews — so run over there and have a look if you’re a self-publisher looking for new avenues for reaching readers.

Thanks, Susan!

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New Books Featured on eBook Review Gal

We’ve been busy posting and sharing on the eBook Review Gal website. Several new Indie books have found their way to our Featured Books page. Among them: 


From a love story, which takes place in beautiful Australia, to a charming tale told from the point of view of a lovable horse, to the fast-paced world of big-business advertising, eBook Review Gal has something for any reader. You can read much more about these books and others on the eBook Review Gal featured books page. We’ve also had several authors stop by to talk about their books and their lives via our Author Interviews

If you’re an Indie author and you would like to have your book featured, or you’d like to be interviewed, please visit eBook Review Gal today! 

My Latest Interview – Poet and Author Rachelle Gallman


Dreams…Of an Undying Heart is an inspirational collection of poetry that is sure to uplift and stir many emotions in your soul. It is filled with motivational poems to help one get through the trials of day to day life.

Published in March of 2013, this is author Rachelle Gallman’s debut book and is available on her website, as well as on Amazon.com.

Read the interview here