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Author Interview: Chantal Bellehumeur

Author Interview with Chantal Bellehumeur, author of Just.Another.Common.Killer and 13 – A compilation of short stories

Chantal’s book:

Thirteen-A compilation of short stories

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

I have a son, whom I love more than anything in the world.

407697_10152195815435262_230225100_n[1]What is your perception of your personality.

I like to think of myself as nice, friendly and caring. I admit to being 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.

What do you like to read?

Mainly mystery novels

What kind music do you prefer?

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

Where do you live?

Montreal, Quebec (Canada)

Do you have a routine you follow daily?

13 bigI get up a bit early to go to work become when I get to the office I like to take my time to wake up and check personal e-mails before starting my work day. When I get home, I make diner for me and my son. We usually do dishes together and then try to spend some quality time together. Friday is usually our movie night. Saturday mornings is reserved for doing errands and housework.

What’s your fave food, beverage, and/or restaurant?

I have colitis so I have to be very careful of what I eat. But, I am a chocoholic so I eat chocolates when I can. I also like cheesecake; especially oreo cheese cake. I can’t have it often though. I love eating pasta, pizza and medium rare steaks. My comfort foods are fish, chicken, rice and carrots because I never have problems digesting that. I eat a lot of rice cakes and crackers, but not because they are my favorite. I need to stick to a very bland and boring diet, which I hate. I used to be able to eat anything without a problem.

I need to drink a lot of water for my health but find it boring so I sometimes take flavored vitamin water. I treat myself to exotic fruit juices or hot chocolate. This might sound strange, but because I can’t always eat my favorite foods, I have become a lip balm addict. I don’t eat them. I just like having the different flavors on my lips. I have sticks everyone. Lol

Is there anything else you’d like the reader to know about you?

Acting used to be my favorite hobby. I originally took acting classes to overcome my shyness and started liking doing shows. I performed in a few amateur stage production and joined a youth run theatre company. I started studying theatre at Condordia but when my son was born he became my priority. I was an extra in a few movies, shows and commercials but much prefer the stage. I always loved to write and found it more feasible that acting because I could just do it on my spare time. I feel like my acting training helped in the sense that I have to put myself in other people’s shoes when I create characters.

What do you like to do to balance the demands writing places on you? (e.g., hobbies, interests, pursuits,outings)

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 prepared you for becoming a writer?

Support from family and friends. (I do this as a hobby)

What habits or routines do you find you must follow to be able to write?

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

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

What is your writing style.

I write a bit of everything. Horror/mystery fits more my personality in the sense that this is what people who know me very well expected me to write. I am a Halloween freak so nobody close to me were really surprised that I wrote “Just.Another.Common.Killer.” or “Thirteen-A compilation of short stories”. Those who don’t know me well were kind of shocked though. They all said I looked so innocent. I wrote the fictional diaries “Veronica’s Sopa Opera Life”, “Veronica’s Attempt at Romance” and “Veronica’s Happily Ever After” which are soap opera and romance type novels. I also wrote a fantasy novel called “Sdrawkcab” for my son. I hate to talk about my fictional novel “Hope”. I wrote it when I was really sick because I wanted my friends and family to understand what I was going through. Not my best work though.

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.

Are you an independently published writer or a traditionally published writer?

I self-publish, but still needed to get my manuscript approved by a publishing company who got my copyrights and ISBN number plus put the books together… My books are sold through my publishers website and Amazon.

What do you write? (genre and sub-genre, target audience, and ebooks and/or hardcopies)

I write a bit of everything: horror, mystery, romance, fantasy. All My published books are available as paperbacks and e-books.

How do you keep yourself motivated to write?

Generally I just get random urges. When I get good feedback it gives me an extra push.

What do 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. 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.

Talk to us about your cover.

I needed a child like drawing of a typical Jack The Ripper portrait for the inside of my book. I decided to use that same drawing, done by my son, for the cover.

Is there anything else you’d like the reader to know about your writing?

I started writing short stories for The Suburban online magazine, even though they are not used to publishing fiction.



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