Friday, October 29, 2010
An interview with Anne Holly, a contemporary romance novelist.
Current Location: Ontario, Canada
Wild Horse Press,
May 31, 2010
Good for the Goose (Xmas erotica short), Wicked Nights,
November 19, 2010
Already released: Waking Kara (paranormal erotica short), Wild Horse Liquid Heat, Oct 2010
Main Website: http://www.anneholly.webs.com/
Erotica Website: http://annehollyerotica.weebly.com/index.html
Book Teaser Trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fCZSTLoSvxY
Waking Kara on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Waking-Kara-ebook/dp/B0046ZRL2K
(Excerpts, photos and more bio info, etc, can be found on Facebook, blog and website.)
How do you describe your work?
Well, I am primarily a romance writer – contemporary romances, with some sensuality. Recently, I have done some contemporary and paranormal erotic, which was a stretch for me, but they turned out ok. So, I describe myself as a romance writer, who occasionally does erotica!
My writing itself… Either erotica or romance, I’d say it’s all about the characters, as I am fascinated with character motivation and internal struggle. So, my work is not plot driven so much – no averting alien invasions and things. Just thinking and writing about what makes people do what they do, and that’s sometimes a sad thing, and also often a funny thing. And I love it!
Tell us about Strings Attached, your first full length release.
My first full length release comes out in 2011 from Wild Horse Press, and is tentatively scheduled for May 31, 2011. The novel is a contemporary romance set in Manitoba, Canada, and in Australia. It revolves around the themes of loss and healing, and the risk in having a marriage end badly and deciding to try again. And, of course, about irresistible attraction, and the power of love to force us out of our protective shells. In it, Josie, an optimist, must bring the damaged Theo back to life, and the results are often funny and often poignant.
What did you learn from writing Strings Attached?
I made a very serious study of romances before and during the writing of Strings – the flow and expectations of the genre. This piece was a freshman piece, so I was careful to learn from the great romances, which I had always read and enjoyed. With Strings, I learned how to love the characters and respect their lives, and then how to produce a story that people would appreciate.
What is a difficult thing about writing for you?
Actually, oddly enough, the writing is the easy part! The other stuff – researching publishers and, most of all, doing promotion – that is the difficult stuff. But, I am learning, one step at a time. Making the most of the web, and learning to do book trailers, and doing interviews, and blogging… All of it takes a lot of time and effort, which is difficult when you have a small child and “real life” work to do, as well.
What new projects are you working on these days?
Right now, I am gearing up for NaNoWriMo, which will be a complete new full length romance written entirely in the month of November. I took a week or two off in late October to work on some other (non-fiction) stuff, and to rest up for NaNo, but that is my new focus now. I finished three short pieces in Sept-Oct, so a rest was important there to refresh my writing batteries. In December, I will be working ahead for Valentine’s Day.
Do you have any advice for other writers?
Philip Roth once said something to the effect that hobbyists wait for inspiration, while professionals just get up every day and go to work. I think this is wonderful advice! Hoping for inspiration to strike, or that calm and quiet time, just results in a lot of waiting. If you want to write – Write! Once I start writing, even if I don’t feel like it, it usually starts to flow after a few difficult paragraphs.