Author Interview with Helen C. Hipp


I’m interviewing Helen C. Hipp today, author of children’s book “A Different Kind of Safari”. Enjoy the interview!

Q: Please tell us about yourself.

Having an artist as a mother provided me with endless opportunities to look at things from different perspectives. My father, whose work demanded strong problem-solving skills and out- of-the-box thinking, continually kept me on my toes, as well. As an adult, I have an adventuresome spirit and enjoy trail riding and horse camping with my horse Walker, as well as gardening and quiet moments with friends and family.

Q: Tell us about your book.

This is a children’s adventure book for ages 9 -12 year old. Engaging and fun the storylines universal message brings fun and inspiration to both the reading and listening audience. A timeless book for all ages!

Q: What inspired you to write A Different Kind of Safari?

The birth of the story began in Africa when my family spotted a pod of hippos and one was pink. My son fourteen at the time immediately named her “Rosie”.  Curious and wanting to learn more about this hippo my family  asked the guide many questions about hippos and hippo behavior.  Specifically I wanted to know why she stood so far outside of her pod? The familiarity of the guides answer took me by surprise, he explained that “Rosie” was tolerated but not necessarily accepted by the herd because of her differences.  As a parent of a child with special needs I immediately felt inspired to weave this experience into a children’s story that celebrates differences.

Q: How much time per week do you spend writing/editing your work?

It varies as I have many projects that require much of my time.

Q: If you could meet three authors, which authors would you choose?

Black Beauty -Anna Sewel

Where the Wild Things Are – Maurice Sendak

The Tao of Leadership – John Heider

Q: What are you working on at the moment?

I am currently working on a writing project that is meant to assist adults with feelings of personal loss.

A Different Kind of Safari

bookcover_smallTitle: A Different Kind of Safari

Author: Helen Hipp

Genre: Children’s Books

Has a book ever changed your life? Not just inspired you but helped you to see you’re life differently? In a tale that celebrates differences “A Different Kind of Safari”  addressing the many questions life asks by offering up lighthearted, ever-changing perspectives that transform personal challenges into opportunities. Engaging and fun young children begin to figure out how they are the same and different from other people, and how they feel about the differences. Full of fun and enjoyable teachable moments that move children and allow them to make personal connections with the characters handling of similar fears, interests, and concerns that they experience.

Author Bio

Hip9860_7x5final150dpiHelen Hipp’s experience raising a special needs child led her to an M.A. in clinical psychology and certification as a life coach. She began her career as a psychotherapist to help people find answers for their life problems. Her work eventually evolved into a coaching practice, WithinU Life Coaching, focusing on individuals with special needs and their families. Helen uses her 13+ years of counseling experience and 20+ years’ experience as a successful advocate for individuals with special needs by helping them reveal their innate ability to solve difficult situations. Her debut book ” A Different Kind of Safari” puts into words the essence of Helen’s teachings addressing the many questions life asks by offering up lighthearted, ever-changing perspectives that transform personal challenges into opportunities.


For more information, visit the books official website and to see a picture of the real Rosie the real life pink hippo that inspired this story, go to

Award Winning Book trailer:

Buy the Book:

A Different Kind Of Safari | Hardcover

A Different Kind Of Safari | Hardcover

A Different Kind Of Safari | Audio Book

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