What’s something you’re working on that excites you?
Since publishing my book last year, that is all about the history of this town and its people, over the past year, I have continued to write about Port Orford. I have had several articles published–about the crab fishery and agate hunting–and am excited about a current piece I am working on about the artistic thread that weaves this town together.
- For me, good storytelling comes alive when it is personal. It is that aspect that evokes emotion and feeling, allowing the teller to connect with the audience.
What is one thing would you recommend for aspiring writers who are just starting out; something they might not think of?
- The one piece of advice I would give an aspiring writer is to have others read your work. The feedback you receive will help immeasurably and make you a better writer.
Can you give us an example of the power of story and how it’s affected your life?
People who have read my book or came to hear me read from it, then told me their story, how the events affected their lives. That is very powerful.
How do you rank books as companions?
Also, do you have any pets?
Books are my constant companions–I am never without a book. I read every day, non-fiction and fiction, from a variety of genres, my favorite being historical fiction. And, yes, I have a pet. He is Jackson, the Wonder Dog, as I call him, a handsome yellow lab, my constant companion, and best friend.
Helen Picca is a former marketing executive from New York City. She has a B.A. in English from Marymount College where she learned to love the written word. She has written many essays and short stories, and recently published her first novel. She currently resides in Port Orford, Oregon, with her husband and Jackson, the Wonder Dog.
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Her books are available for purchase at the library.