Friday, October 15, 2010
4) Was Aura’s character based on anyone or was she a purely made up character?
Holly: She’s made up. In a lot of respects, her voice sounds an awful lot like my own—her humor, her observations…it all sounds like the voice running through my head.
…I’ve gotten this question a lot lately…I think that once readers have invested in a book and followed a character for several hundred pages, they really want to know that the character exists in some way out in the real world. (Bloggers have even wanted to know if I grew up with a schizophrenic mother—I didn’t, but Mom and I both get a kick out of the question, because she was a psych major in college!) Honestly, though, my characters are all fictional. None of them are out there walking around in the real world—not Aura, and not any of the minor characters, either. They only place they’ve ever walked around is in my mind.
5) Do you plan on having A BLUE SO DARK as a stand alone novel or part of a series?
Holly: The ending isn’t really one of those tied-up-in-a-bow, everything’s resolved kind of endings…buuuut…when I wrote it, I did intend for it to stand on its own.
6) What was your inspiration for the cover of A BLUE SO DARK?
Holly: Actually, Flux took care of the cover...I fell in love with it as soon as I saw it. Since the book was acquired under the title THE OCEAN FLOOR, one thing I've always really loved about the cover is the way the title and my name are positioned down lower...sort of looks like the lettering's settled to the ocean floor, doesn't it?
7) Do you like to write to music? What kind?
Holly: Writing to music's tough for me...I'm a music FANATIC, and have loved everything from metal to bluegrass...I can't really listen to music passively. As soon as the radio's on, I start giving all my attention to what I'm listening to, rather than what I'm writing. Even if I've heard a song three million times, and know all the words and chord progressions by heart. When music's playing, I'm singing instead of working!
8) What do you plan on doing in the future?
Holly: My first YA romance is set to release on March 1, 2011! PLAYING HURT centers on two former athletes: Chelsea Keyes, a basketball star whose promising career has been catastrophically snipped short by a horrific accident on the court, and Clint Morgan, an ex-hockey player who gave up his much-loved sport following his own game-related tragedy.
Chelsea meets Clint (who’s working as a resort fishing guide) soon after arriving with her family for a summer vacation in Lake of the Woods , Minnesota . Sparks fly, igniting the pages, even though Chelsea has a boyfriend back home in Missouri…and even though Clint has sworn never to put himself in the position to be hurt emotionally again.
9) Who are you reading right now?
Holly: I usually have a hundred books-in-progress stacked beside the couch. As far as YA goes, right now I’m reading Dessen’s LOCK AND KEY, some Maggie Stiefvater, Suzanne Collins…
10) Who are a few of your favorite authors?
Posted by Steph at 10/15/2010 04:42:00 PM