- Introduce yourself! What is your experience with writing?
I’m a wife, step-mom, daughter and sister. I have a huge sweet tooth and I love popcorn! I’m fairly new to the author world but I’ve been writing since I was six years old. My elementary school had a writing program where we had to write something every day and that led to my love of writing. I write Young Adult and Romance novels. I currently have three books with a small publisher that will all be out by the end of October with more to come.
- What is the first book that made you cry?
The Outsiders. We had to read it in eighth grade. The day we started it in class I took it home to finish it and I cried like crazy.
- Do you think someone could be a writer if they don’t feel emotions strongly?
I think so, but it would depend on the genre. I feel that your own emotions are part of the book so the stronger you feel something you’re writing the stronger your readers will feel it as well.
- What are common traps for aspiring writers?
Writing what they think people want to read. You have to write for yourself above anything. If you like it so will someone else.
- What was an early experience where you learned that language had power?
Probably when I was in the first grade. I didn’t really talk in school until a little boy in class touched my hair. I didn’t like it and I told him in no uncertain terms to leave my hair alone, and he did. That was my first experience with the power of language.
- What’s your favorite under-appreciated novel?
This is really hard for me to answer. I’ve read and loved so many books it’s hard for me to choose, but I think I’m going to go with Existence by Abbi Glines. It was the first book of hers I read and it made me a life-long fan.
- How do you balance making demands on the reader with taking care of the reader?
For me this means taking the reader on a journey they might not expect but still giving them something familiar that they can relate to. It also means having a good ending that is satisfying for both me and the reader.
- What does literary success look like to you?
I’d love to be able to make a good living from my writing. But above that I want to develop a fan base that reads my books and says, “I can’t wait for the next book!”.
- What’s the best way to market your books?
I think word of mouth is the best. Having someone like your book and telling their friends they have to read it means the world to most authors. Other than that social media is pretty good. There’s a great community of authors and readers out there that love to read new authors and share what they read.
- Where can readers learn more about you?
You can find my author page on Facebook at Katie Holland Author and my reader group is Katie’s Books (And Other Awesome Stuff). I love Instagram so feel free to check out my account @katiehollandauthor.