Interview with Helen Gailey

Author of Betsy and Catherine – An Uncommon Friendship

Betsy and Catherine, An Uncommon Friendship, Revised and Revisited


Where are you from originally and where do you reside now?

I was born in Australia and now reside in Tucson, Arizona.


If you currently reside somewhere besides where you were born, what’s the story that lead from there to here?

After raising my two sons with my Mothers help, I began writing to my second husband via a church internet site. We wrote for two and a half years. I finally took the opportunity of an overseas trip and subsequently married my second husband.


What made you decide to write and publish your first book?

A good question, several reasons. I wrote a short story entitled Catherine some years ago and enjoyed it immensely. My mother, whom I was very close to, always encouraged me to write more. And now, living with my husband in Arizona, I was encouraged to expand on the story.


How would you describe your books to first-time readers?

If you are looking for historical fiction, friendship, adventure, drama and love,  then you will find them all in this book.


Who do you feel is most likely to connect with the topics you write about?

Anyone interested in British and Australian history, drama, class differences, adventure, and love would find my book to be a real page-turner.


What unexpected or surprising thing did you learn during the process of writing and publishing?

Writing is easy compared to publishing. There are many people out there willing to make money for themselves by exploiting the author both in publishing and marketing.


If you could, what advice would you give to your past self before embarking on this journey?

Check out all the publishing and marketing costs.


How many people would you ideally like to reach with your books?

As many as possible. I believe it’s a good read.


What has been the biggest challenge and frustration during the process to date?

This book is the third edition. Hopefully, it will come out right this time.


What’s your biggest strengths when it comes to book a) writing, b) publishing and c) marketing?



What’s your biggest weakness when it comes to book a) writing, b) publishing and c) marketing?

Editing and marketing.


When do you think you will write your next book?

I have already commenced my second book: A sequel to Betsy and Catherine.


Are you self-published or did you use a hybrid publisher or a traditional publisher?



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