Interviewed by The Phantom Writer today

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:

The Phantom Writer 

Holly Kerr

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.

 

INTERVIEW

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

 

To follow and her work, please follow the links below:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/HollyKerrAuthor

Website:  http://hollykerr.ca/

Amazon Author page: http://amzn.to/2l8Qx8f
It was a pleasure to interview this wonderful writer again, I’ve previously interviewed her under her other name. She certainly talented and ambitious. Thanks for taking the time to sit down with me Holly 🙂
Don’t forget to keep a look out for the re-release of Holly’s novel Coming Home, available on April 11th.

Blog tour Stop for Coming Home- Interview with Booklover Sue

Only 2 more days to go on my blog tour!  Where did this month go?

For today’s stops, Coming Home is featured on Cheryl’s Book Nook  and I’m interviewed for Booklover Sue

Loving your sisters is easy.  Liking them is the hard part.

Loving your sisters is easy. Liking them is the hard part.

Coming Home
Author: Holly Kerr
Publisher: Etopia Press
Pages: 495
Genre: Women’s Fiction
Format: Kindle

Purchase at AMAZON

Loving your sisters is easy. Liking them is the hard part.
Brenna Ebans always wanted more than what Hill n’Valley could give her, so it seemed a simple decision to follow her black-sheep sister Dory’s footsteps and leave Hill n’Valley in her rearview, hoping to locate their missing father. Leaving her sisters and her first love Seamus was harder than she thought, but she’s made a life for herself inVancouver, started her career at a prestigious law firm, and has found the man of her dreams. But when she finds her husband Toby in a compromising position at work, she loses both her love and her job, and has nowhere to go but home.

Youngest sister Cat has remained in Hill n’Valley, leaving a string of broken hearts—and ex-husbands—in her wake. She’s happy living in the family home, with the ghost of their dead mother to keep her company during the day, and her latest conquest—Brenna’s old boyfriend, Seamus—to keep her warm at night. And she’s less than thrilled to hear about Brenna’s return.

But when tragedy strikes, it brings their father back to Hill n’Valley, and the sisters will have a lot of issues to resolve…

Let’s learn a little about Holly Kerr:

What is your writing environment?

I prefer to work in the mornings, and when no one is around.  I have a desk set up in the corner of my living room, right by the window which is often a distraction!  I need a drink beside me, usually tea or Pepsi!

han and leiaWho is your perfect hero/heroine and why?

I’ll do hero, but I can’t think of just one.  He would be flawed, a reluctant hero and a bit of a smartass.sawyer

Like Han Solo, or Sawyer from Lost, or Rupert Campbell- Black, from Jilly Cooper’s books.  Strong and tough with a soft spot.

Top 3 things on your bucket list?

Jump out of a plane. Preferably with a parachute and strapped to someone who knows how to use it

Get a tattoo

Get certified for scuba diving and see some really cool stuff under water

How did you get the idea for this particular novel?

I like the idea of big families, probably because I don’t come from one.  I have tons of aunts and uncles and cousins, but only one sister, and we never got along. So it was easy to write the disagreements and resentment between Brenna and Kat.

What is your favorite scene in your new release?

The fight scene between Kat and Brenna!  The one where they get physical.  It was so much fun to write!

What do you like to do when you are not writing?

I love to spend time with my kids; I like to go to movies, read, work in my garden and run.

What would you consider a perfect date?

A date?  I haven’t dated in so long!  It would have to involve food, because I love to cook and am a bit of a foodie.  And I would have to laugh a lot.

What is one interesting fact about you that readers don’t know?

Argh!  It’s hard to tell what people would think is interesting!  Okay – so I was obsessed with Beverly Hills 90210 in the 90s and really wanted to be Kelly Taylor.  Read my blog – you’ll see!http://hollykerr.ca/monday-musings-want-kelly-taylor/

 When did you know you wanted to be a writer

As soon as I could print the alphabet.  I had all these stories in my head and they needed to come out.

What is your writing process?

I need to plan things out in my head, imagine the scene and then write it.  I guess that makes me a planner, doesn’t it?  It’s hard for me to sit down and come up with something off the top of my head.  I’m more easily distracted if I do it that way!

If you could be anything BUT a writer, what would you be?

That’s tough, because I don’t want to be anything but!  I was pretty happy working at the bookstore. And I guess I’d like to do something in landscaping.

What are some of your all time favorite books?

Pride and Prejudice.  Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows.  Jilly Coopers’ Rivals.  A.C. Crispin’s V.

There’s really no connection between them!

What are you working on now and when can we expect it to be available?

I am working on a book called, Absinthe Doesn’t Make the Heart Grow Fonder and it asks the question, how far would you go for a friend.  I’m hoping for it to be out this fall.

 

Character Interview with The Literary Nook

character interviewToday on the blog tour I stop  off at The Literary Nook for an interview.  Or at least Brenna from Coming Home is interviewed!!!

We’re thrilled to have here today, Brenna Ebans from Holly Kerr’s Women’s fiction, Coming Home.  Brenna  is coming to us all the way from Northern Ontario, in Canada.  It is a pleasure to have her with us today at The Literary Nook!Thank you so for this interview, Brenna.
Now that the book has been written, do you feel you were fairly portrayed or would you like to set anything straight with your readers?
I think my sister Kat has always had the wrong impression of me.  She seems to think I live some sort of perfect life.  I don’t.  I’m not perfect.  She’s the one that has always had it so easy, being the youngest. You shouldn’t believe everything she says about me.
What do you believe is your strongest trait?
Our father left when I was three; Mom died when I was thirteen and I’ve been on my own since I was seventeen.  I think that made me strong and independent.  I don’t have to rely on anyone else to take care of me, although Maggie really helped growing up.  She was more of a mother to me than Mom ever was.Worst trait?(Pause)  Apparently, I am emotionally detached and focus too much on work.  At least that’s some of what Toby said when we talked about why he cheated on me, after I found him in the supply closet at work with my assistant.Do you have a love interest in the book?

(Another pause) I know Toby wasn’t my soul mate when I married him.  I think Seamus always has been, but now that Kat (my sister) is with him…Even though she stole him from me when I was fifteen, she definitely deserves to have me do the same thing!  But I don’t think I could take him away from her.  I mean, she’s Kat.  What man would prefer me over her?

Joss Ryan is kind of interesting.  He’s not my type at all but…he seems to understand me.  And I like the bald head.

At what point of the book did you start getting nervous about the way it was going to turn out?

I thought I had it all together until I found Toby with Krystal.  It wasn’t the perfect marriage, but I thought I was happy.  And work was going great.  And then I found them…I mean, she was giving him a – I won’t go into details, but it’s not a nice thing to see!  And then I kind of lost my temper and did some stuff and said some stuff.  I kicked Krystal’s purse across the office.  That felt good.  But the other stuff?  I trashed Toby’s office.  After that, I started to get worried.  I lost my job, my marriage and I had nowhere to go except back home.  I’m glad I had Cayleigh and Maggie – I do love my sisters.

If you could trade places with one of the other characters in the book, which character would you really not want to be and why?

Even though I love her and she’s really one of my favourite people in the whole world, I would NOT want to trade places with Maggie.  She’s amazing, but she’s got 5 girls!  I’m not one for kids.  It was the one thing Toby and I agreed on, not that we ever really discussed it.  But Maggie got pregnant when she was seventeen and Mike’s great, but that’s a lot on your plate, especially when she practically raised Kat and I because Mom was just…even before she died, Mom was never there.  She had these moods where she’d hide in her room and not give a damn about any of us and Maggie would take over because she’s 10 years older than I am.

Maggie’s had to take on a lot of responsibilities and even know, with the wedding and Brianna going away to school, I can tell she’s got going on.  But she never complains. I’ve never heard her complain.  I love being part of Maggie’s life, but I wouldn’t want it.  I could never take care of others a fraction as well as Maggie does.  My heart isn’t big enough.

How do you feel about the ending of the book without giving too much away?

Kat and I working together?  Without a fistfight?  Amazing.  I can’t believe it worked out that way.

What words of wisdom would you give your author if she decided to write another book with you in it?

Put more of  Cayleigh in it.  If she’s going to write about me, she has to have my sisters in it, so there needs more of Cayleigh.  Besides, I want to know what’s going on with her and Erica!

Thank you for this interview.  Will we be seeing more of you in the future?

This was so much fun!  And it’s been a while since I’ve had fun.

I’m not sure if you’ll see me.  I think I might hide out for a while…see what happens with Joss.

About the Book:
Loving your sisters is easy. Liking them is the hard part.
Brenna Ebans always wanted more than what Hill n’Valley could give her, so it seemed a simple decision to follow her black-sheep sister Dory’s footsteps and leave Hill n’Valley in her rearview, hoping to locate their missing father. Leaving her sisters and her first love Seamus was harder than she thought, but she’s made a life for herself in Vancouver, started her career at a prestigious law firm, and has found the man of her dreams. But when she finds her husband Toby in a compromising position at work, she loses both her love and her job, and has nowhere to go but home.
Youngest sister Cat has remained in Hill n’Valley, leaving a string of broken hearts—and ex-husbands—in her wake. She’s happy living in the family home, with the ghost of their dead mother to keep her company during the day, and her latest conquest—Brenna’s old boyfriend, Seamus—to keep her warm at night. And she’s less than thrilled to hear about Brenna’s return.
But when tragedy strikes, it brings their father back to Hill n’Valley, and the sisters will have a lot of issues to resolve…
About the Author:
Ask any writer and they’ll tell you they have always wrote and Holly Kerr is no exception. She’s written stories about bunnies dodging cars and sisters dying, distracting the cute boy in class and dark plots to kill your best friend’s husband.  Coming Home is her latest novel, a story about sisters who can’t get along and living in a small town, two things she knows more than a little about!  A self-professed geek, she loves anything to do with Star Wars, super heroes, Joss Whedon and Harry Potter. She also enjoys running, playing in the dirt and sharing a glass of wine with friends.
Her latest book is the women’s fiction, Coming Home.
She’d love you to visit her website at http://hollykerr.ca/.

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