Interview with Holly Patrone

Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes! I remember it was a very long time ago! I wrote a short story for a competition in the fourth grade. It was titled "The Mannequin Mansion', and it was about a girl who fell under the earth and found room upon room of mannequins. They came to life and chased her, sort of like 'Alice in Wonderland' meets 'Chucky'. It was a pretty scary story for a fourth grader but I really enjoyed detailing what the mannequins were wearing. I did win a feather quill pen for my efforts.
How do you approach cover design?
Although I'm artistic and can probably create a decent cover, I feel its too important and time consuming for me to tackle. That is probably something I will always hire out.
What do you read for pleasure?
Anything and everything. I read online articles, I read the news, Stephen King, Tracy Chevalier, Agatha Christie, Dan Brown, J.R.R. Tolkien, Facebook, the instruction manual for my new vacuum.. The list never really stops. I was reading on a college level in fifth grade. Reading is akin to breathing.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
Ummmm. Paperbacks. Sorry. My daughter has a Kindle, does that count? Ugh...will anyone still buy my book knowing this?
Describe your desk
I will, as soon as I find it.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I had a publisher. They weren't traditional, but they did help me to get my feet wet. It wasn't working for me though. I really felt the need to have more control over distribution channels and content. They were kind enough to let me out of the contract and after a lot of soul searching I decided to self publish. It just makes sense for me.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Stringing together wonderful words. Although my books are fast and furious and very funny, I do write short stories also, many of which have a very serious edge to them and are much more descriptive. They are very different styles and give me joy in very different ways, With the humor, I move through it faster and its fun and makes me feel great when someone says they laughed through the whole book. With the more serious writings, I love the artistry of it all.
What are you working on next?
I'm working on the third book in the "Ghosts, Guilt and Tweezers" Chronicles. I am also simultaneously working on a fantasy teen novel and I also am working to put out a book of short stories.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Breakfast. I get really hungry somehow during the night...
What do your fans mean to you?
They are proof that what I have done has touched someone, that what I do can make a difference. Because the books deal with death, albeit in a very funny way, it is still a hard subject to talk about or experience. I have received letters from people who have stated that the books have helped them cope with a loss...and that's a very humbling thing, but also very gratifying at the same time.

I also acknowledge that laughing is an amazing stress reliever. I feel great when I'm told by someone that they laughed through the whole book and they can't wait until the next one comes out. The responses from fans are an affirmation that what I do matters.
Published 2014-08-21.
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Books by This Author

Nadya
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 14,710. Language: English. Published: October 27, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Women's fiction » General
Nadya is a collection of three award winning short stories by author Holly Patrone., 'Of Mermaids And Dolphins', 'Nadya', and 'The Harper's Ring', share common elements. Strength. Journey. Soul. Power. They are tales of love and hope that transcends time and distance
Relative Identity
Series: Ghosts, Guilt and Tweezers Chronicles, Book 2. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 48,280. Language: English. Published: September 14, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » General, Fiction » Women's fiction » Chick lit
April's husband, killed by way of birthday sex, is back for yet another hilarious adventure. 'Relative Identity' is the sequel to 'Death Is A Relative Thing' and the laughs just keep coming. Someone has stolen Sal's identity and it's causing big problems for all he left behind on earth. What ensues is a wacky madcap adventure as April tries to unravel the truth and catch the perpetrator!
Death Is A Relative Thing
Series: Ghosts, Guilt and Tweezers Chronicles, Book 1. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 47,660. Language: English. Published: August 22, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » General, Fiction » Women's fiction » Chick lit
What happens when a very talkative dead husband, a new love and a few bad guys collide? Poor April. She killed her husband by way of sex and now men leave tremendous yardage between her and them. She finally goes on a date but when her husband Sal starts talking to her from the beyond, a laugh out loud love triangle is created. Her story is an award winner you won't want to miss!