Character Interview with Helena Talbot
(ghost in HEART OF THE OCEAN)
Where do you dream of traveling to and why?
I’ve always dreamed of going to
What do you think makes a good story?
Growing up in the Puritan community of Maybrook, I’ve only read the Bible. Once I found a newspaper in my father’s room and read about a world outside of my small town. A world of crime and gossip and faraway places. I spend my nights before falling asleep imagining what it would be like to be in one of those places.
Tell us about your family.
I’m an only child, much to my mother’s dismay. She would have liked two or three sons to help my father on the farm. So when I became with child and with no husband in sight, it was the last day my mother ever spoke to me.
What was the scariest moment of your life?
The scariest moment of my life was when I gave birth to my little boy. The storm raged outside my secluded cottage, and I was alone. I gave my pain over to God. It was all that I had left.
As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?
As a child, I wanted to be what everyone good Puritan girl wants to be when they grow up. I wanted to be a wife, a mother of many children, a warm and safe home, the love of her husband, and respect in the community. I have none of that.
What are you passionate about these days?
I am dead inside. But I have never given up on my love, Jonathan Porter. Although now I accept that we will not meet again in this life.
If you could apologize to someone in your past, who would it be?
I would apologize to Jonathan Porter—for not telling him of my pregnancy before he left Maybrook. Would it have changed anything? Would he have stayed and married me? I don’t know, but I should have told him the truth.
Morning Person? Or Night Person? How do you know?
I rise early in the morning for chores, but I lie awake at night, thinking, hoping, dreaming. Often the darkness plays with my mind, creating new hope that is gone when the sun rises.
Is there a piece of advice that you have received that has really stuck with you? If so, what was it?
In Steven Pressfield’s book, The War of Art, he says: “Most of us have two lives. The life we live, and the unlived life within us. Between the two stands Resistance.” This really touched me as I think about my writing and my goals in life—how to get there and how to overcome obstacles that stand in the way.
Heart of the Ocean
by Heather B. Moore
A dark secret . . . a grieving ghost . . . a handsome stranger . . .
What more could Eliza Robinson want?
Except for maybe her life.
In Heather B. Moore’s enthralling 1840’s historical romance, Heart of the Ocean, Eliza Robinson has turned down the very pretentious Mr. Thomas Beesley’s marriage proposal. As a business partner of Eliza’s father, Thomas quickly discredits the family and brings disgrace to the Robinson name.
While her father scrambles to restore his good name in New York City, Eliza flees to the remote Puritan town of Maybrook to stay with her Aunt Maeve. Although relieved to be away from all- things-male and unforgiving gossip columns, odd things start to happen to Eliza, and she is plagued by a ghostly voice. Her aunt’s explanation? That Eliza is being haunted by a woman who died of a broken heart twenty years ago.
After Aunt Maeve is tragically killed, Eliza's life is put in danger as she tries to uncover the mystery of her aunt's death. She encounters Jonathan Porter in Maybrook, whose presence in the town seems suspicious, yet she finds herself drawn to him. When she discovers that Jonathan’s dark secrets may be the link between the dead woman who haunts her and her aunt’s murderer, Eliza realizes that Jonathan is the one man she should never trust.
Author Heather B. Moore
Heather B. Moore is the award-winning author of ten novels, two inspirational non-fiction books, and two anthologies, including The Newport Ladies Book Club Series, A Timeless Romance Anthology, and Christ's Gifts to Women (co-authored by Angela Eschler).
Her historical fiction is published under the pen name H.B. Moore. She is the two-time recipient of Best of State in Literary Fiction, two-time Whitney Award Winner, and two-time Golden Quill Winner for Best Novel. Her most recent historical novel under H.B. Moore is Daughters of Jared (2012 LUW Gold Award of Excellence & 2012 LUW Best Book Trailer).
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