Interview with Britt Holewinski

Describe your desk
Ha! My desk changes everyday. Right now, it's currently a folding table in my bedroom in my parent's home in Michigan. As long as I have my laptop and a pair of headphones to plug into it for iTunes, I'm set. And a small notebook and pen for jotting down random ideas and notes.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I was born in Boston, but moved to California when I was 10 months old. At age five, I moved to Omaha, Nebraska, then to the suburbs of Philadelphia when I was 8. In total, I lived in six houses from birth until I graduated high school. This definitely had an impact on writing "Schism," as my characters are constantly having to move throughout the country to survive and find a more secure location to live. I'm grateful for my childhood, as it taught me how to adapt quickly to new environments, like my characters.
When did you first start writing?
I began writing seriously at age 17. I had just finished reading "Lord of the Flies" by William Golding; the idea of a world where children were left to their own devices was something that intrigued me. I became obsessed with the idea, and began writing. The characters that I created back then eventually ended up in "Schism".
What's the story behind your latest book?
My latest book is the new book in the "Schism" series. The working title right now is "Ravin," which means "the act or practice of preying" or "Something taken as prey." Give you a slight indication that something almost barbaric is going to happen, doesn't it?
What motivated you to become an indie author?
When I was writing the original draft of "Schism," I read somewhere that only 1 our of 1000 books writing were published the traditional way. When I read that, I didn't even both trying to publish through a publishing company or get an agent to help me in that endeavor. I was confident in my writing and had a terrific publicist to help me along the daunting process. No regrets.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Smashwords makes is so easy to get your book out there to the world and to market it and make it available at a competitive price to anyone who has access to a computer. No strings attached, no worries. Only ebook publishing in pure form.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Writing a paragraph or even just a sentence that rings true and describes exactly what I'm thinking as a writer and trying to convey to the reader. When it happens, it's magic.

Secondly, as a writer, I get to create my own world, filled with my own characters and rules that I manage and dictate. I'm like the queen: everything I say, goes...until my publicist gets her opinion in...ha!
What do your fans mean to you?
EVERYTHING!!!!! I write for people, not for myself. I know the story. I wouldn't spend hours, days, and years trying to perfect something just so I can say, "yeah, I wrote that. I'm awesome."

Fans are readers, and readers love a good story, and I want to give that to them. All of them.
Who are your favorite authors?
20th Century Sci-Fi/Dystopian novelists are some of my favorites: George Orwell, Aldous Huxley, Ray Bradbury.

I have to also pay homage to William Golding. Without him, I don't think I would've ever written "Schism."

As a child, I LOVED Roald Dahl and John Bellairs. They were my escape.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
The next word, sentence, and page that I'm going to write. That and the smell of brewing coffee and a warm breakfast.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Traveling, either to another country or somewhere visiting friends in the US. I also spend time with my nephews when I can. I love hiking and being outside. And I love watching historical documentaries, especially about medieval and Renaissance Europe. Such a scandalous time!
Published 2016-03-23.
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Books by This Author

Schism
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 95,000. Language: English. Published: March 15, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Adventure, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Thriller and Suspense
"My name is Andrea Christensen. I'm one of the oldest oldest people in the world." In 2017, a global viral holocaust kills billions within weeks; only children are immune. In the aftermath, a tenacious group of teens searches for a safe place to live amidst the chaos. But nowhere, it seems, is capable of resurrection. SCHISM is the first book in a new YA, dystopian trilogy.