Interview with David Holladay

What are you working on next?
I have been working on a book explaining the story of the Mitchell family. I need to explain how the collective efforts of the Mitchell family brought together the conditions that allowed those in Warren Ohio to flourish. In the current book, Emily Mitchell has a very unique skill set at a very early age. These and many other mysteries need to be revealed. The hardest part will be to explain the broad history from 2016 to 2060.
What inspired you to write this book?
In truth, the book was based on a one line joke. Something like, "When the economy collapses, people with high credit card balances will be sold into slavery". Somehow, the basic plot of a squad of (mostly female) friends allowing an enslaved fellow student get through high school came to me fully formed Once I had that, it took some time to attach a plot to take that starting point through enough twists to an ending that would give readers a lot to think about.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
I have spent my life learning about how the world works. My day job involves writing braille translation software for dozens of languages. My family needs me awake at 5am to play my part in getting my daughter (who is quite disabled) get ready for a van ride to her school. I just wish there were more hours in the day.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
So far, I search on topics, and look for recent books. I should develop better search approaches. So far, it has worked for me.
What is your writing process?
I often lay in bed to work out basic plot details. Then I spend about 2 days writing an extremely rough draft. It takes another three days working with tools like Microsoft Word, Grammarly, and frequent readings until I have something I feel that I can share as a rough draft. My wife is over-scheduled, so getting her to read a draft is always a struggle. So I keep going over and over a chapter myself to fix as much as I can until my personal captain of the Grammar Police can do her work. She uses a braille device to read text. Anytime she finds something on her electronic braille machine that she does not like, she write xx in braille. Then we review the text together.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes, and it hurts to remember it. It was a short story that I wrote in 9th grade. The ending was based on information I obtained from a very rare atlas. The problem is that since no one reading (and grading) my efforts knew the care I used to describe the landscape where the story's climax occurred. It was sort of like relying on Google Earth in the mid- 1960's. I was a bit ahead of my time in my desire to apply technology to support writing. But the story itself was terrible.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
In third grade I read Charlotte's web. I still remember the wonder of experiencing a story for myself for the first time. I do not think if I re-read it now I would recognize any familiar parts. But I do remember the impact of all of those words.
How do you approach cover design?
I knew that the cover of this book was very sensitive. I did not want to make it appear that there was an obsession with bondage. I thought through my options, and decided to go to a firm that would make the changes necessary to make an attractive cover. I am especially pleased at the way the background brings out elements of the plot (school and the stock market).
What do you read for pleasure?
I enjoy reading history books, and books about current social conditions. I read many blogs and web sites that offer a more realistic picture of our current social, economic, and political condition. My favorite source of information is Zero Hedge.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I have used Kindle on four different devices. One of these is lost somewhere in my house. I like how I can buy one copy of a book and can read it on different devices so easily. I do not use anything in the Apple garden (I have no IOS device). I have no experience with any other platform.

I do read books on pdf, as long as they are not formatted in 2 column.
Published 2016-01-14.
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Books by This Author

The Slave Formerly Known as Jane Foreman
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 73,540. Language: English. Published: January 3, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Themes & motifs » Political, Fiction » Fantasy » Dark
This book, written in the year 2073, tells the story of Jane Foreman. Jane was born in 2034, was enslaved at 15, and came to dominate the business, social, and political life of her era. Since this book was written by one of her best friends, it reveals long hidden secrets of her path from slavery to business magnate.