Helena Echlin

Helena Echlin

Hello! I'm the co-author of the novel, Sparked, along with Malena Watrous. We've both published solo novels, but if you've ever tried to write anything, you know that writing can be a lonely, angst-filled business. So one night over a cocktail or two, we came up with a solution: write our next book together. Malena already had an idea: a girl's sister is kidnapped and she has to rely on mean girls with superpowers to get her sister back. We couldn't resist seeing where that story would take us - a wild ride that includes a loner girl who wants to be a writer and a gorgeous boy who can shoot fire from his eyes but also loves to talk about books. And an ancient Zoroastrian prophecy. And pie shakes. (OK, so maybe we got a little carried away.)

Used to writing alone, we had no idea how co-writing would work out, but we pounded out the first draft in a white-hot frenzy of inspiration we called "the Vortex." One of us would write a scene and send it to the other with a note: "My apartment is a pigsty and I haven't eaten all day. #inthevortex."

Find out more about us and Sparked at www.sparkedthebook.com

Twitter: @sparkedbook
Instagram: @sparkedbook
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/sparkedbook/

Also, we like to give advice about the writing life, and writing, and sometimes just life. Submit your question here: http://www.bay-ata.com/sparked/dear_lena.php. We dish out, ahem, pearls of wisdom on topics like how to get published, why you should keep a journal, and why you should always specify what type of sandwich your character is eating.

Like Malena, I teach fiction-writing for Stanford's Continuing Studies department, a glorious job because it's just so much easier helping other people with their writing than figuring out how to fix your own.

I live in Berkeley, California with my tae kwon do instructor husband and our two kids.

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