About Real People, Not Heroes

Helen Daniels
Helen Daniels Author Interview

We’re Not Heroes follows survivors of the apocalypses on their journey to reach loved ones in a world where everything they knew is changed or gone. What was the inspiration for the setup to your story?

Honestly, I’m a ‘what if’ kind of thinker. I love the post-apocalyptic genre, but was always disheartened by the need for authors to use a ‘hero’ – you know, the ex-SAS Soldier or retired Navy Seal. (Talk about coincidence that one might be on hand for every post-apocalyptical story). Anyway, I got tired of it, and decided to tell a story that I would want to read. About real people, not heroes.

One of the highlights of your novel is how detailed the scenes were, it was easy for readers to visualize the action. What was your favorite scene in this story?

Thank you, I’m so pleased that I was about to conjure the imagery. I enjoyed writing the scene where Maree and Leon come across the young mother with her children. I wanted to detail the horrific acts that some people will commit in a state of lawlessness, and yet others still will be compelled to hang on to their morals and humanity. In saying that, Luca intrigues me and I thoroughly enjoyed creating his character. His broken English made it difficult for him to fully express himself. I would love to find the time to explore his past.

Was there a reason why you chose The Great Southern region of Western Australia as the backdrops for your story?

Yes! I live here. The area is the backdrop to my life. I can see and feel the characters in and around where I live. The Great Southern is semi-isolated from the most isolated city in the world (Perth)! It is majestic and powerful and holds me captivated.

What is the next book that you are working on and when will it be available?

I am hoping to intertwine other sets of characters with Jon and Maree’s story, exploring the hardships after taking many things in life for granted. Ideally, this book is probably around 12 months away.

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A friendly barbecue turns to panic when what appears to be an earthquake shatters the lives of a group of friends. Deep in the heart of the Great Southern of Western Australia, the mountains are ablaze and with little to no communication with the world outside the farm gates, the need to grasp onto something comfortable and familiar is quickly overshadowed with the need to survive.
Struggling with a deep sense of foreboding, Maree struggles with the desperate need to find her family hundreds of kilometres away. A fight for survival and family she can’t live without.
Their world has changed. It’s time to survive.

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