I only know the persona of The Phantom Writer. This is the second time I’ve been interviewed by them and it was as enjoyable as ever!! Here’s what we discussed:
Holly is a full-time writer, devoted wife and loving mother to three gorgeous children. She’s a huge Harry Potter, Star Wars and Marvel fan and a wine lover. She is a fan of historical fiction. She is not, however, a fan of chocolate. Weird.
1. What are you working on right now?
Right now I have 3 projects on the go – I’m getting ready to re-release my novelComing Home, which was first published in 2013. I’m changing publishers and so the book will be getting a new cover and a few changes inside. It’ll be out April 11.
Oops, I think I just announced the release date here before my website!
I’m also working on a sequel to The Secret Life of Charlotte Dodd called The Best, Worst First Date. It’s chick lit with a side of action adventure. I guess we can call Charlotte an action chick, and in the sequel our heroine Tenley Scott gets caught up in Charlotte’s adventures, which are a little out of her comfort zone. It will be available June 2017.
My third project is pretty close to my heart. I have 3 kids and they keep telling me they want to read one of my books. Because my books aren’t exactly kid-friendly, I wrote them their own novel, The Dragon Under the Mountain. Now they want a sequel! I was hoping to have it finished for them by last Christmas but the way things are going, maybe I should aim for December 2017!
2. Can you tell us a little something about it?
I’ll tell you something about Coming Home, because I’m pretty excited about it. It’s a story about sisters and small-towns and how even though you may love them, it’s not always easy to like your family.
3. What inspired you to write it?
It was inspired by my own relationship with my sister. Like Brenna and Cat, we’re from a small town, and like them, we did not get along. (Although there was no cake batter thrown by us, there has been mashed potatoes seen flying across the table) After we both left home, any relationship between us disintegrated, until my sister’s divorce some years ago. It was like I got my sister back, as well as a good friend.
4. What advice would you give to aspiring writers?
Advice to aspiring writers –Write. Keep writing. Write every day. It’s the only way you’ll improve. And don’t rush it. And don’t disregard self-publishing. Things have changed and traditional publishing isn’t always the end game.
5. If you weren’t an author, what do you think you’d be doing instead?
If I wasn’t a writer, I think I would be working in a book store. Reading other people’s books!
6. If you could have written any book, which book would you have written and why?
If I could have written any book…that’s a tough one. I would want to write a book whose characters jumped off the page and into your heart, with a world a reader would want to escape to, over and over again, full of history and romance and excitement.
The Harry Potter series is too obvious, so let’s say Outlander, by Diana Gabaldon.It has all of that and more.
7. If you were asked to write a book in another genre to the one you currently write in, which would you choose? Why?
If I could write in another genre, I’d pick historical fiction. It’s my favourite genre to read, and I love learning about history but as for writing it, I think I’m daunted by the amount of research I’d have to do!
8. To me there’s nothing like a good paperback, the smell of the pages as I read, turning them, that new book smell. But now e-books are growing ever popular. Do you think paperbacks and hardbacks will soon be a thing of the past and something we’ll all miss, or are you a fan of the modern way of publishing and reading books?
I personally, will do everything I can to make sure actual paper books stay around forever! I publish ebooks, but every one of them (except the prequel to Charlotte Dodd) is also in paperback and I have a copy sitting on my shelf. I agree, there is nothing like the smell, taste (maybe not taste!) and touch of a book. I find I don’t read the books I have on my Kindle! I forget about them. I’d rather see a tidy stack of books waiting for me to pick up rather than scrolling through an ereader, trying to decide what to read next.
9. Who is your favourite fictional character from literacy?
I can’t pick just one favourite fictional character, and I did my best not to pick the usual suspects. (For me that would be Elizabeth Bennett and Hermoine Granger!)
I limited myself to 3, all surprisingly from books with a bit of a sci-fi slant!
* Stuart Redman, from The Stand
* Mark Watney from The Martian
* William, the alien from V
10. If you were trapped on a desert island, what three things or people would you want with you?
If I were trapped on a deserted island…I should say I would want my family with me, but right at this moment, I might want to be intentionally trapped on an island just to escape from the chaos!! So let’s leave them out of my answer!
Three things I would want, providing I’m not concerned with rescue or survival, but just simple enjoyment:
* A library supply of books
* A never-ending stack of notebooks and pens
* A healthy stock of wine
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