Author Helen Hoang Answers My Five Burning Questions and more

According to her bio Author, Helen Hoang is that shy person who never talks. Until she does. And the worst things fly out of her mouth. She read her first romance novel in eighth grade and has been addicted ever since. In 2016, she was diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder in line with what was previously known as Asperger’s Syndrome. Her journey inspired The Kiss Quotient.

Earlier this year when all the five-star reviews started coming in for The Kiss Quotient, I had to check it out. The buzz was that this new author had a unique voice that wasn’t being served in romance. She recently was included on a Today show list of 12 books to read this fall.

The busy author took five minutes to answer my burning questions. Check out the interview and get The Kiss Quotient or her first novel The Bride Test today.  Enjoy!


1. Let’s start off with Kill, Marry or Screw? Gideon Cross, Kellan Kyle or Michael?
I really dislike this game, can we skip it, please?  EDITOR NOTE: I feel the same way.  I love them all too much.
2. Do you remember the first romance book you ever read? Can you tell me about it?
The first romance I read was Gentle Rogue by Johanna Lindsey. I got it at my local Kmart when I was in 8th grade. At the cash register, I felt like I was buying drugs, but I loved the book. It was exactly what I’d been looking for–ROMANCE.

3. What type of stories would you like to write but haven’t yet? Menage, BDSM or a sexless romance. The sexless romance should come with a warning. Don’t you think?
I want to write erotic fantasy romance, something really sexy that is FAR from reality. I don’t like reality much nowadays. As for sexless romance, yes, I think it should come with a disclaimer. I love steamy books.
4. If you could have a dinner party and invite anyone to it, who would it be?  Celebrities, book boyfriends, intellectuals or anyone.  Name five people.
At a dinner party, I’d just like my family there (my husband, sisters, brother, and mom, so we’d need a bigger table). They know what I’m like, and when I say horrible things, they don’t get offended. A lot of the time, they just roll their eyes. Also, I love testing my thoughts on people to gauge shock value, and this can only be done in a safe environment. (I feel a little bad for my husband who has to put up with me every day. And my mom. Sometimes I’m afraid I’m going to give her a brain aneurysm, but where would we be if I stopped?)
5. For bonus points, what’s your favorite swear word? 
I’m new enough at swearing that the traditional cuss words all seem pretty tantalizing, though they never flow very smoothly off my tongue. I need to practice more, I suppose. I admit to getting a kick out of that old Orbit chewing gum commercial where they use terms like “You son of a biscuit-eating bulldog” “What the French toast?” “You lint licker” “Pickle you, kumquat!” and so on.
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