If you’ve been following my little string of disparate musings on the craft of writing for any significant length of time you will undoubtedly heard me mention the inimitable Helena Hann-Basquait. Self-proclaimed dilettante, writer, blogger and all round fabulous fictioneer, Helena is someone I have followed and admired for some time. Her keen edge never ceases to keep readers, including me, hungry for more, whether is be with juicy tales of horror she produces as Jessica Bell (tales of world-ending viruses, unspeakable monsters from the depths of the bayou and more), or with her often funny, often intense and always enthralling memoirs.
Ever the generous soul, The Sordid Tale So Far as the memoirs are so far known, along with a wealth of gritty fiction is available for the discerning reader on her blog, along with her musings on fiction, culture, music and more.
As a faithful follower of The Sordid Tale, it excites me no end to be able to reveal the cover for the soon-to-be-released collection, which includes the memoirs in their tantalising entirety. The covers are, not unlike herself, glamourous, exquisite and mysterious and I can’t wait to get my hands on a copy.
I hand over to the Inimitable One herself, with this one last instruction: check her out. You won’t regret it.
MEMOIRS OF A DILETTANTE VOLUME ONE – COVER REVEAL!
COMING SPRING 2014 — official date TBA
Memoirs of a Dilettante is a collection of reminiscences, following Helena Hann-Basquiat, a self-proclaimed dilettante who will try anything just to say that she has, and her twenty-something niece, who she has dubbed the Countess Penelope of Arcadia, in their off-beat antics in such places as common as the local McDonald’s or the comic book store, to their travels to Miami for the search for the perfect Cuban sandwich. Interspersed between wacky one-off adventures, Helena tells personal, sometimes painful stories from her past in order to try and make sense of her life as it has played out, tempering everything with an indomitable sense of humour.
Cummerbund Bandersnatch, the Accidental Plagiarist, strippers, rock stars, geeks, freaks, and the Barista With No Name — these are just a few of the characters you’ll meet inside.
Discover Helena’s tales for the first time or all over again, with new notes and annotations for the culturally impaired — or for those who just need to know what the hell was going through her mind at the time!
If you just can’t wait and you want a taste of Helena’s writing, follow her blog: http://helenahannbasquiat.wordpress.com/
If you just can’t get enough Helena, or you want updates on further goings on, release dates and miscellaneous mayhem, follow Helena on Twitter @hhbasquiat