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Inside The Author’s Head: Geraldine Clark Hellery

Q1. What is your favorite word?

‘Epic’ at the moment but it changes every couple of months. 

Q2. What is your least favorite word?

‘Christ’ when used as an expletive but that could just be that it’s overused by a colleague alllll day. I’m not a big fan of the ‘c’ word either but sometimes it’s the best word for the job.

Q3. How has social media helped your career?

Social media has allowed me to interact with so many interesting people, and get my writing out to a wider number of people than my immediate family & friends. It’s also introduced me to new ideas and concepts which has encouraged me to try new styles of writing and read a wider variety of authors than I had previously. 

However, the biggest way it’s helped is by allowing me to keep in contact with writers & publishers like Adele, thereby getting my work into print.

Q4. What would you say are the downsides to social media in your career? 

Procrastination! I could spend hours on twitter/Facebook when I should really be writing and I’ll frequently get caught up in the latest ‘twitter storm’.  My work knows I’m a writer and many colleagues will read blog posts or short stories I’ve promoted via Facebook/twitter which has caused a few raised eyebrows (one manager asked me how I could write such dark, disturbing stories when I’m such a happy & chilled person at work).

Q5. What profession other than your own would you like to attempt?

Astronaut. How amazing would that be? 

Q6. What profession would you not like to do?

Abattoir worker! Seriously though, working in a hospital, I know I’d be a terrible nurse. I have sooo much admiration for the nursing teams who work ridiculously hard, doing ikky jobs, often with difficult patients (or doctors) but who remain caring & professional throughout. 

Q7. What is your favorite curse word? 

‘Bollocks’ is a fave as is ‘bugger’ but there’s nothing like a good ‘fuck’ when things go bad. Having said that, the nurses are teaching me some new phrases so ‘shit-balls’ is steaming up the ranks.

Q8. If Heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the Pearly Gates?

‘Cup of tea? Kettle’s just boiled.’

Thanks for taking the time to get involved Geri! For more information about Geri check out her website.

Next time: Marc Nash

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