Holly has three beautiful children and is a devoted wife. She is a huge Harry Potter, Star Wars and Marvel fan. She loves historical fiction. She has self-published over 20 books and her most recent one was released January 2019!
I was lucky enough to grab her for a quick chat.
- Hi Holly, nice to have you back again. Can you tell us what you’ve been working on?
Thanks for having be back.
My latest book will be available Jan. 29. It’s called Hanging On, and it’s the sequel to my women’s fiction novel, Coming Home, about sisters living in a small town. Coming Home came out a few years ago but I had so many requests that I had to write a sequel. Now Hanging On is ready to go, I’m finishing up a contemporary romance to be out by the spring. As well, I’m in a group of rom-com authors working on a series that will be out in May. After all that, I’ll have a new Anna Ellis series to talk about!
2. You have self-published over 20 books, all of them are fantastic with loveable characters. Which of your stories is your favourite, and why?
It’s really hard to pick a favourite book. It’s sort of like picking a favourite child! But I have a few favourite characters – Pippa McGovern from my Charlotte Dodd series, Jacey, from the Husbands and Wives and Adults Only series, and Cat, one of the sisters from Coming Home and my latest, Hanging On.
3. Even though your books are beautifully-written and enjoyable, when you read back over them, are there any that you would change?
Thank you! There isn’t much I’d change from most of my books – a few little things, but what I’d really like to change is the ending to my book, Absinthe Doesn’t Make the Heart Grow Fonder. It ended up being a little darker than I expected.
4. Self-publishing seems to be the way forward these days, do you have any advice for people thinking of self-publishing?
Publishing is hard, whether it’s self-publishing or traditional. My advice is to make your book as professional as you can. Have it read by someone who isn’t a family member, and have it edited. Spend some money on a cover and make your blurb catchy with a hook. Your book will only have one chance to make a first impression so make sure it’s a good one!
5. Although it can be difficult, does self-publishing have any positive points?
Self-publishing is a challenge but the best thing about it is that you hold all of the control. You to decide on the cover, the price, when it comes out, the frequency of your books. It’s a scary thought, but you have to remember that with great power, comes great responsibility. Make sure your book is the best it can be.
6. If you were asked to choose one of your books to be turned into a Hollywood movie, only one, which would be your choice and why? Who would you cast as the lead role?
I would love if any of my books could be turned into a movie! But I think the most fun would be to see The Secret Life of Charlotte Dodd because there’s action and romance and a lot of fun. Charlotte is a tiny little blonde, and there’s an actress AnnaSophia Robb that would be a good fit to play her. Or Emma Stone, with blonde hair!
7. Who is your favourite author at the moment, and why?
My favourite author at the moment…good question. I have my all-time list of favourites (JK Rowling, Jane Austen, Jilly Cooper) but at the moment I’m loving Emma Chase and Christina Lauren. And Sarah J. Maas.
8. With technology so popular these days, it isn’t uncommon to see young children using phones and tablets. Do you think books should be an important aspect of children’s daily lives?
I think it’s essential for books to be a part of the lives of kids these days. As a mother, I make sure my kids have developed a love of reading and as author, I’m trying to do my part to encourage reading by writing books for my kids that their friends can read.
9. What are your goals for 2019?
My goals for 2019 are to improve my sales, naturally and gain more connections with my readers. I had five books out last year and I have plans for 4 already this year, so I think I can pass that. I need to develop my brand, which is difficult if I’m writing in different genres, so that’s always a work in progress. Mainly, I want to be become a better writer, a better storyteller, to bring readers more enjoyment from my books.
Thanks Holly, for being a star and finding time in your busy schedule to sit down with me again.
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