Interview with Holly Elizabeth-Jean

When did you first start writing?
The same as everyone else my age. In kindergarten with my ABCs
What is your writing process?
My process is rather simplistic. I sit down and write. Every time I am done I spell check and save. The next time I sit down to write, the first thing I do is go over the section I had previously worked on to refresh my memory and weed out what made sense in the moment but did not translate well to paper (or computer screen) .
How do you approach cover design?
I am pretty hands on. I have a vision and I do my best to capture it. As a photographer I look for various characteristics that are appealing to the eye but still remain simple enough not to overwhelm. As a reader I prefer less elaborate covers so as I writer I try to go with Less is More when designing my covers.
What do you read for pleasure?
My tastes vary from year to year. I used to soak up John Grisham, Tami Hoag, and Patricia Cornwell like they were the air necessary to breathe. Now I seek out more indie authors. Unknown gems. I found as of late I have been reading a lot of Christian Historical Romance. Give me a well written Western Mail Order Bride and I become glued.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
Honestly, my smartphone is my go-to reader of choice. Its always connected to the internet and with me everywhere. The Android Kindle App is my baby.
Describe your desk
A mess? Oddly I do not actually write at my desk. I take my laptop into my room, plop down in my bed and write in comfort and privacy like a teenage girl scribbling secrets into her diary.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
Do I have to pick one town? My younger years were spent in various towns in SW Iowa. But the teachers who made the biggest impact would be from Red Oak Iowa. My second grade teacher introduced me to poetry and there was no going back from there. I have written thousands of poems since. My third grade teacher is less clear in my memory, but I remember writing short stories for her. My senior year I had a Creative Writing class with a Mrs. Galvin who had a lasting impact on my style of writing. To this day I cannot publish an official piece with contractions outside of dialogue. A single one means failure. And I refuse to fail.
What's the story behind your latest book?
I used to work at an amusement park. It was my home away from home. I do not know what inspired a short story about a tragedy. Years later that short story kept nagging me, and I had to finish it. And from that came my stories about a roller coaster crash.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I was too impatient to wait until a publisher finally accepted my work. And writting a novella my chances were less than slim. So I found Amazon and found my home there.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I manage a laundromat. Sure it is far from glamorous. And yes sometimes I smell like bleach. But, it pays my bills. I am also passionate about photography.
Published 2015-01-15.
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