Interview with Eliza Holly

What do you read for pleasure?
I will read almost anything! Most of the books I own I have stumbled upon in the library or on Amazon.com. My favorite genres are fantasy and science fiction, and I tend to steer away from teenage fiction.

I don't think there's a book I've disliked. Whether they're classic, new, or unexplored, it's almost a promise that I'll find something I love about it!
When did you first start writing?
I have been writing since I could pick up a pencil. Growing up, I didn't even know I was a good writer. I did it simply out of happiness. As I grew older, however, I was told more and more that I had a talent for words.
What's the story behind your latest book?
My latest finished book is an action story about canines. It is set in Missouri, near the city of St. Louis, in a span of woods behind the Mississippi River. Nestled there is a pack of wild dogs known as the Spy Dogs, who take down the forces of evil and save the innocent.

When the empire comes, however, they find themselves struggling against the heavy numbers of the enemy and the clever tactics they use. Furthermore, the main character, a trainee known as Tainted Whisper, is slowly unraveling his unknown past that only the empire seems to understand.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
That's a tough question. I'd have to say there are a number of things I love about writing.

First is the escape from reality. When I feel stressed, sad, or angry, writing gives me a way to temporarily forget about it all as I swallow myself in the problems of my characters. After I write, I often feel happier and lighter.

The second thing I love is creating new worlds and problems. I think it is marvelous, creating new worlds or people or issues that don't exist. Getting people so swept away that they believe the problems are real while they read is a happy feeing I could never describe in words.
What do your fans mean to you?
That's a simple answer. Everything!

My fans are the ones who give me motivation and show me that I'm not writing for no reason. Although I type for myself more than anyone (except in gift books or requests,) I enjoy reading comments on how they liked it and what could be improvised. Without my followers, I would not be the writer I am today!
What are you working on next?
After Dreams, I plan to write book two in the Spy Dogs series. I currently have six books planned out in the whole saga, along with three Super Addition novels about specific characters in the Spy Dogs world.
What is your writing process?
My writing process includes a few steps.

The first thing I do is write down notes in a separate document. I plan out the beginning of my story, what happens in the middle, and the end. Although these are pretty loose and change drastically as I type the actual book, they help guide me and keep me from getting lost in the plot line.

Secondly, I create the characters. More tend to pop up unplanned in my book, but before I start, I always have the main people written and described. I will have their full name, age, personality, and setting planned.

I then write the story. It takes many turns even I didn't plan as I type.

After it is written, I will rewrite the book twice and then sweep through it to check for spelling errors.

That's about it. The whole process takes about two years.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
When I'm not writing, I'm usually eating, asleep, reading, or at school. Writing probably takes up 80% of my free time.

Sometimes, I will go for a walk with my dogs or the occasional rock climb trip. Usually, though, I am relaxing on the couch while typing my stories!
Published 2014-03-11.
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