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SD Press Club interviews Helen

19 June 2010 No Comment

What’s your favorite place?

Hmm… I keep searching my mind for a place in Hawaii, where I grew up. Maybe the ocean off Diamond Head, where the water is a serene royal blue; or the waterfall in Manoa Valley, where the pool is deep enough to swim and the forests smell of guava; or the Na Pali coast of Kauai, where the mist covers the sheer mountain cliffs like a fine lace. But really, my favorite place these days is La Jolla Cove beach, where the white crested waves remind me of Hawaii and the shoreline is where I walked on the first date with my sweetheart.

What’s your favorite movie?

I don’t have a favorite movie, but my favorite show of all time is Les Miserables, a richly-woven musical which tells of love, forgiveness, redemption and courage. My favorite line from one of the songs is: “To love another person is to see the face of God.”

What book has had the most impact on you?

The Book of est, which recreated scenes from the popular, yet controversial self-improvement course from the 70s. I read it in high school, while taking a class on existentialism, and wrote a paper comparing the course to T.S. Elliot’s work. Later, when I attended university in California, I actually took the workshop and it changed my life.

Which words or phrases do you tend to overuse?

“Like,” “Great,” “LOL!”

What’s your addiction?

The Internet

Whose shoes would you like to walk in for a day?

Gandhi

If you could have any other profession, what would it be?

Wow, that’s tough, because I’m already living my dream profession as a writer. I guess my ultimate dream profession would be a best-selling author and speaker, like Isabel Allende or Mitch Albom. I would still be writing, but at a much higher level.

What topic gets you the most fired up?

Politics.

What one hidden truth would you most like to uncover?

I’d love to experience nirvana, the awareness of being one with the universe and all beings. But I figure that will happen when I die and merge with the Light. So I’m not really concerned about it. No one can tell a story the way I do.

Follow Helen on Twitter @helenchang.

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