Interview with Kim Holden

What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
My husband, son, and the prospect of productive writing time. Because let's face it, we always have the best intentions when it comes to writing. Sometimes those good intentions come to fruition ... and sometimes you end up deleting everything you just wrote and starting over. I LOVE productive writing days!
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I'm a full-time wife, a full-time mom, and I work full-time. ("Full-time" is my middle name.) I also love to read.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I follow my favorite authors on Twitter. They never fail to provide great recommendations.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
I remember reading The Catcher in the Rye in high school and thinking, "Why aren't all books written like this?"
It was easy to read and relatable. It's still my favorite book twenty-some years later. Genius.
How do you approach cover design?
I'm a very visual person, so I chose a tangible reference that was repeated throughout the book and enlisted the help of two artistic people in my life to provide me with a very simple representation. A pink lily. Photographed in my kitchen by one of my dearest friends. Edited by my husband. Perfect. I LOVE this cover!
What do you read for pleasure?
I read a lot of young adult and new adult fiction. And occasionally, for something different, I like a good political or psychology-centered book.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
Nook.
Describe your desk
It's my sofa ... in my kitchen area. Not very desk-y, but effective.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
It was on my bucket list. I always wanted to write a book.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Letting my friends and family read my writing as a work in progress - I love the feedback as the story is evolving.
Who are your favorite authors?
I love John Green, Cassandra Clare, Stephanie Perkins, Colleen Hoover, and Malcolm Gladwell. Rainbow Rowell is my favorite, favorite right now.
How did you find your editor?
I found my editor, Monica Parpal, through a mutual friend. Monica is a rock star! If you are looking for an editor check out her website monicaparpal.com.
Published 2013-12-12.
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