Interview with Holly M. Trimble

What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I have written a number of online science related courses, and I've discovered that I love to take complicated subjects and explain them in terms that readers can understand, even without a science background. I also enjoy presenting information that will help my readers succeed in whatever endeavors they choose. That was my inspiration when I wrote the ebook, "College Success Now." I wanted to help my readers succeed in achieving their college degree.
What are you working on next?
I am working on two books related to genetics. The first one will be for students in high school and adults. It will be called "Genetics Success Now." It will explain the complicated topic of genetics in such a way that readers will come away understanding the importance of each person's genetic code and how it works. I've also written a book on genetics for young children called, "Dylan's Amazing Genes." The text is written, but the artwork is still in progress.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
I always have some sort of project going on or a class to teach, so spending a day in bed is not an option. Knowing my dog needs her morning walk, though, definitely gets me up and going, even if I'm tempted to sleep in!
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I teach Human Anatomy and Physiology at a local community college. I also teach a number of online courses, so I spend significant time interacting with both my online and regular classroom students. When I have free time, I enjoy reading, spending time with my friends and family, and going for long walks.
What is your writing process?
Once I decide to write about a specific topic. I spend a great deal of time reading everything I can about that topic. I then create an outline, mapping out what each lesson or chapter should cover. I write a rough draft and get feedback from friends and family members. I am most interested in how well they understand the concepts that I've written about, as that is the goal of my writing--to make difficult topics understandable to my readers.
How do you approach cover design?
My daughter, artist Hannah Trimble, designed the cover art for my ebook, "College Success Now." We wanted to create a logo (the owl) that I could use for subsequent books on academic subjects. It took us a couple of months to get this one the way I wanted it. Hannah sent me her initial ideas, and then we spent some time refining them until we ended up with the final cover design.
What do you read for pleasure?
I read just about anything for pleasure. I love historical novels, but I also enjoy non-fiction as well, particularly books related to science or history.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I was born and raised in Alaska. I'm not sure how it influenced my writing, except that my interest in science was sparked by the beauty of my surroundings. I hope to eventually write a book about Alaska, based upon my lifelong friendship with Kathy Brady. Both of our fathers (who were also best friends) were involved in the early political and business development of Alaska, and Kathy was one of the first women to work on the Trans Alaska Pipeline.
When did you first start writing?
I first started writing as a professional about ten years ago. I was a newly single parent and needed a way to make a living while staying as available as possible to my children. I was fortunate to have an opportunity to write an online course which was a success, and I have kept at it ever since.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I have read other books by indie authors that I thoroughly enjoyed, and I am a big ebook fan. It just made sense to give this a try!
Published 2013-10-12.
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Books by This Author

College Success Now!
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 23,370. Language: English. Published: October 12, 2013. Categories: Nonfiction » Education & Study Guides » College Guides
This book was written to quickly help college students acquire the information they need to succeed in college. Holly Trimble wrote this book from the perspective of a college professor, a parent of college students, and a lifelong learner herself. She gives clear instructions for many aspects of college life, and she includes a number of links to websites to further assist the college student.