Interview with Estar Holmes

Who are your favorite authors?
Sorry, I don't do well with superlatives and don't worry about things like favorite authors.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
The toilet and a cup of coffee.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
My writing is not divided from my "real" time, nor is my "work." These things are an integral part of my life, like breathing. I spend most of my time on my micro-businesses, growing food, helping people, and learning new things.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I don't read ebooks. When I'm working, I'm on the computer much of the time. When I'm not working, I may be off the grid, so need books made the old way. I discover books to read by sort of gliding my attention over shelves of books until one pops out at me.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
No.
What is your writing process?
I just start writing thoughts down, then rearrange them so they are readable. The editing process seems endless, because every time I look at a manuscript I see ways to improve it.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
I think it was something with Mickie Mouse and Pluto.
How do you approach cover design?
I try to replicate an image that pops into my head.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
Non-fiction because I constantly feel like I don't know enough stuff.
What do you read for pleasure?
I really enjoy local histories and anthropological type stuff: how people did things in the old days.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I read on my Android phone and on my laptop. These are not necessarily the "choices" but they are what's at hand.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
My formative years (5-17) were spent in New York City. The first half in Greenwich Village, the second in Brooklyn. I'm not aware if living in NYC influenced my writing style. I can say it influenced the content of my e-book. The account of this in in the free download part of the book.
When did you first start writing?
I first started writing stream of consciousness pros at around 14 years old.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
Once I decided to be a writer, going indie seemed like the best and quickest way to get my ideas out to the public.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
This may seem rather shallow, but it's having people agree with me.
What are you working on next?
I'd like to do a print version of "The Truth About Simple Unhooked Living." I have stacks of files and ideas to add.
Published 2014-03-25.
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The Truth About Simple Unhooked Living
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 50,540. Language: English. Published: April 6, 2012. Categories: Nonfiction » Home and Garden » Sustainable living, Nonfiction » Inspiration » General self-help
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Find out how to manage a home comfortably and safely without electricity and running water. Why would anyone want to live that way on purpose? The reasons span from radical conservation to being self-reliant when the system falls apart. If you just want to weather water shortages and power outages gracefully, why not learn from those who live without pipes and wires full time?