Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Interview with Author Chantal Bellehumeur

Chantal Bellehumeur
I live in Montreal and I like it here,
but my fantasy life I think I would either live on a tropical island or Europe.

Good morning, Chantal.  Welcome to Vision and Verse, the Place for Art and Authors.  What have you written? 
I published fictional diaries ''Veronica's Soap Opera Life,'' ''Veronica's Attempt at Romance,'' and ''Veronica's Happily ever after,'' a horror novel ''Just. Another. Common, Killer,'' the fantasy book ''Sdrawkcab'' originally written for my son, as well as the books ''Thirteen-A Compilation of Short Stories,'' ''Hope'' and recently ''Not Alone.''  I also write family oriented short stories for The Suburban Online Magazine. 

Upcoming publications include ''Emily-A Compilation of Short Stories,'' my poem "Hiding in the Wilderness," which reads like a story, in the 2014 Aspiring toInspire Woman Writer's Anthology as well as the Fall 2014 issue of the AllAuthor's Magazine, my short story "Born to Sing," in the 2014 Aspiring to Inspire Woman Writer`s Anthology and my memoir of motherhood in ''They call me mama Bear''

For details on all my publications, please visit my website: http://author-chantal-bellehumeur.webnode.com/

What is your favorite genre to write? 
 I am a multi-genre writer because I am inspired by many things and don't really have a particular genre I prefer. 

Favorite food
I love chocolates!  As far as meals are concerned, I always loved pasta or steak.

Tea or coffee? 
Tea, although I do enjoy special coffees like French Vanilla or Hazelnut. 

Pizza or ice cream? 

Where would you like to visit?
I have travelled a lot in the past, but wish to go to Ireland one day because it is part of my heritage.

Favorite musical artist. Do you listen to music when you write? What?  
I don't really have a favourite artist.  I like dancing, so I enjoy anything with a good beat.  When I write however, I need complete silence.

What makes you laugh? 
The things my sons does, being with my sister (we laugh at nothing), when I do silly things like trip or run into walls... comedies (The Big bang Theory comes to mind)

How old were you when you started writing?
My first stories were verbalised to my mom, who would write them down for me.  Once I learnt how to write, I started making little books by stapling pieces of paper together.  I actually still have all of them. 

Describe your perfect evening.
It is tough to say.  I enjoy spending quality time with my son but am often tired when I get home from work so also appreciate the bit of time I get to myself. 

I guess the perfect evening would be for me to come home from the office and get a few minutes to myself, see that my son set the table and did the previous day's dishes, make dinner and eat with my son without being bombarded with things to sign or letters to read... watch a movie with my son, and then do some writing or reading when he is in bed. 

When my son is away, which is rare, my ideal evening would be to either write or go out for a bite to eat with friends.  I don’t like to eat supper by myself unless I am working on a writing project.  Then my characters entertain me.  Lol

I like to read outdoors with a cold drink when it is nice and sunny, or watch a movie under warm blankets while holding a cup of hot chocolate when it is cold out.  I also like to take warm bubble baths by candlelight to relax.

Where do you get your inspiration?
My inspirations mainly come from real life, my travel and my dreams.

What do you do when you get a writer's block?
If I get writer's block when I am working on a specific project I simply set it aside for a couple of days.  As od as this may sound, sometimes I go take a nap or go to bed early and my ideas start to flow in my sleep.  I wake up knowing what to write.
If I just can't think of what to write in general I write notes about random things until an idea hits me.  But, generally I am full of ideas. 

Who is your favorite author?

I don’t really have a favourite author.  I have discovered many good writers of various genres and it is hard to pick my absolute favorite.

Best book you ever read.
I read too many good books to pick just one. 

Who is the one person who has influenced your personal life the most and why?
My mom because she always encouraged me to be creative and has always been supportive of my writing

What advice would you give someone who aspired to be a writer?
Never give up on your dream, write every day, always keep writing material with you.
Appreciate all the positive feedback you get.  Don’t let bad reviews get to you but listen to constructive criticism since the comments could help you improve your work. 

What do your fans mean to you?
They have given me extra motivation to write.  Before, I just did it for myself.  I love hearing that my hard word was appreciated by others.  The internet has given me a way to connect with my readers with is great.  I love to hear from them, and especially thanking them when they give me positive feedback or reviews.


Here is the direct link to my US Amazon Author page, where you can also buy my books.

Here is the direct link to the Canada Amazon page, where you can buy my books.

Here is the direct link to my UK Amazon Author page, where you can also buy my books.

1 comment:

  1. Thank you, Chantal, for stopping by this morning to tell us about yourself and your books. We at Vision and Verse wish you continued success in all your writing endeavors. Come back soon and tell us more about your new book, "Not Alone." How about Thursday?