Interview: K.L. Holloway
Meet new author K. L. Holloway with today’s interview.
Name: K.L. Holloway
Latest Release: Cracked But Never Broken, book 1 in the Laughing P Series
K.L. Holloway was born during the hot summer of 1987 to the typical American family. Living miles from the nearest kid, she found solace in books and writing. She graduated in 2010 with a Bachelor’s Degree from Georgia Southwestern State University in the sleepy little town of Americus, Georgia.
K.L. Holloway pens tales that won’t satisfy everyone, but they don’t have to. She writes for herself and hope that maybe somewhere in this world someone will enjoy the story. Life isn’t a fairytale and sometimes we need a reminder life will be okay if it doesn’t seem to work the first dozen times.
Interviewed by: Stephanie Ayers
- How long have you been writing? My mom joked that she found me in a kids meal with a book in one hand and a pen in the other. I’ve been writing stories of some sort since at least Elementry that I remember.
- What kind(s) of writing do you do? Fiction and poetry
- Why did you choose that particular field or genre? I don’t stick to a genre when I’m writing. The story evolves and takes on a life of it’s own that saying I write a certain genre is limiting its capabilities. It’s more of a genre chose me.
- What inspires you? I’m not sure. Inspiration comes from a lot of different things at different times.
- Where did your love of books/storytelling/reading/writing, etc. come from? My mom.
- How do you find or make time to write? Lol, between two toddlers, it’s been a struggle. I’m a stay at home parent and I have no time until my girls go to bed. Then it’s a fight between writing, playing games, or cruising social sites. Sometimes sleep wins out.
- Do you write more by logic or intuition, or some combination of the two? Summarize your writing process. I’ve tried the whole plot the book out, but by the time I’ve done that it’s like the life force has been sucked out of me. Then when I do write, the characters make demands and poof the outline goes in the way of the wind. My best writing is when I don’t plan more than one or two chapters and have an end in mind; that’s not always the end of the book but the end of a segment.
- How did you get to be where you are in your life today? That’s a good question. I stayed away from drinking and smoking, never done either, and I don’t care what the crowd does. I know I don’t have the looks of a model, but the one thing no one can take from me is my mind. I finally figured it out that it’s okay not to fit in.
- What projects are you working on at the moment? I am working on Lexi’s story, Behind the Lens.
- What process did you go through to get your work published? I tried a few publishers, but Cracked isn’t conventional in some aspects. So I went indie publishing through Createspace and went from there.
- What is the hardest part of writing for you? Blurbs and one liners about the book. It’s like summarizing your mother in one sentence, but that sentence has to tell more than an attribute, it has to tell a whole story in under so many letters.
- What do you enjoy most about writing? Share your favorite work. Everything, from the research of ideas, to world building, to dialogue. I can find something in most works that I love, so picking one is impossible.
- What is the biggest thing people THINK they know about your subject/genre, that isn’t true? Romance equals sex.
- What is the most important thing that people DON’T know about your subject/genre, that they should? We enjoy H.E.A (happily ever after) books because we know that is how it’s going to end, but the sometimes we need to see the hope that prevails with failure. Just because the H.E.A. doesn’t happen the first few times, or the first dozen times, doesn’t mean the hope of it isn’t there.
- For those interested in exploring the subject/theme of your work, where should they start? The classics. Appreciate the subtle romances, the long winding romances, the romances that aren’t about the sexual exploitation of the body but of the articulate, the forbidden, the quietly by each other side.
- What are some ways in which you promote your writing? Do you find that these add or detract from your writing time? Most of the promoting feels like it detracts from writing time. We as authors spend time building relationships in writing groups and hope we make enough of an impression for others to buy. We spend hours messaging blog after blog for reviews. We run free promotions and giveaways and feel defeated when no one takes and we have people from the writing groups as friends and they don’t take it up or even participate. It’s an uneven world and it isn’t obvious until we’re on the other side.
- Who are some of your favorite authors? What impact have they had on your writing? Kim Harrison, Brent Weeks, John Flanagan, John Sandford, JA Jance, G.R.R. Martin, and a hundred others. When you have a good thing, keep on going but don’t replicate and don’t do the same until it’s stale.
- What makes your writing stand out from the crowd? Southern Grace. I sprinkle my life through all my characters and the line is so thin that it’s hard figuring out what is fiction and what is fact.
- What are you currently reading? Dr. Seuss, five to eight different ones a day. I want to reread the Night Angel trilogy again and see what hints I missed the first time.
- What do you think is the future of reading/writing? Each generation, the beauty of language shifts. We lose the properties that make the classics remarkable, even more so now with text speak, and we gain the ability to be as blatant as we want. Quality shifts because we’re in a rush and want things plain as the nose on our face. Thankfully, readers read and readers write. As long as people love to read not just modern books, but staples within the collective, I can’t wait to see what surprises are in store.
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