Geraldine Clark Hellery grew up surrounded by books. Saturday mornings would be spent at the book shop, while Saturday afternoons would be spent in a faraway land. Raised on a diet of Nancy Drew and pancakes, her passion for creative writing blossomed. Travelling the world fed her imagination, filling it with ideas and stories of dragons, water gods, epic battles and so much more. Her first published story was featured in ‘Tales of the Nun and Dragon’. Geraldine currently lives in the UK with an orchid who has triffid aspirations, a magic teapot, a fish named She-hulk, a beagle and small child and a very patient husband.
Tell us one thing you loved or found fascinating about a place you have lived.
I’ve been really lucky to live in a number of different countries so here goes: I loved in the Galapagos being able to walk down to the beach to swim with turtles, I found the mix of modern and ancient cultures in Japan fascinating (I’d have students with their latest gadgets stopping to make offerings to crumbling forest gods), I loved how passionate people got about food and wine in Spain and the general laid-back air of Australia. However, I’m fascinated by where I grew up because the changing seasons make it different every time I go home, but it’s still the same.
What did you want to be when you grew up (other than a writer if that was an option)?
A princess! Seriously, whenever I was asked what I wanted to be, that was my answer. I had this long white dress and used to watch Labyrinth and Legend obsessively. I’m going to stop now before I say something really embarrassing!
Which super hero would you most like to be and why?
Well it’s very tempting to have the ability to fly or x-ray vision but I quite like some of the more cerebral heroes like Batman or Black Widow. They don’t have some of the physical strengths or abilities of heroes like Superman or Wonder Woman but they firmly hold their own. I’ve been experimenting with the red hair so going to go for Black Widow!
It’s finally happened! The zompoc is here! Name four things in your ‘go bag’ and your primary weapon.
Notebook & pen, shampoo bar (just cos it’s the end of the world is no excuse not to look good!), walking boots and a good book (title of this changes frequently).
As for weapon, as an Apocalypse Girl, I’ve obviously thought about this a lot and think a sword might be good but could prove heavy and unwieldy (unless you’ve got a little one like Arya Stark’s ‘Needle’). Guns have too many parts which might jam and are useless when you’re out of bullets. Bows and arrows are pretty cool and making arrows during long dark nights when the zombies are roaming would be pretty relaxing. However, I rather liked the look of the axe/pick that Lara Croft carries in her latest game so I think I’ll take one of those.
What is your go to comfort book or writer when you can’t settle into anything new?
I love Stephen King’s ‘Skeleton Crew’ which I’ve read so many times. However, if I’m too tired/attention deficit to read a proper book, I love the Hellboy comics.
What is the single most important thing to your writing process?
Time and discipline. When I have one, I rarely have the other.
If you could collaborate with any author who would it be and what would you write together?
This may sound a little cliches but I’ve read a little of Marilyn Monroe’s poetry, essays and mish-mashed thoughts so I think it would be really interesting to see what would happen with a full length book, although I’m not sure she was a genre fan so I’d have to throw a few unicorns in during editing!
Geri interviewed by Margret Helgadottir