Interview with Theresa Hollis

When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I enjoy oil painting to relax and also spend a lot of time in my garden, and lazing around with my dog, a Jack Russell named, yes you guessed it, Jack
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
To be honest I do not read ebooks, I like the feel of a 'real'book in my hands
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes it was way back in 4th grade, a story about a fish of all things, I wrote a full page 'newspaper' based on him.
What is your writing process?
Simply really I write when I feel like it, can spend from one hour to a whole day writing and always onto my laptop.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
One of the first books I ever read was Enid Blytons 'Famous Five' books - I wanted to be an explorer and discover mysteries, so now I write and create my own.
How do you approach cover design?
I know what I want to achieve and go for it.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
Name just five, now that is hard, I love Patricia Cornwell's 'Scarpetta' series, and have to admit to loving Dan Brown's "The Da Vinci Code" - these books have that 'edge of the seat' read.
What do you read for pleasure?
Mainly anything on Ancient Egypt that is fiction mixed with fact.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I do not use any reading device. Just so not like them.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
All in all, word of mouth has been the best selling tool
Describe your desk
I have a vintage desk that I work on - battle scared and with much history - a bit like me.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I was born in Portsmouth, England and the family immigrated to Australia where I have lived all my life. We moved around a lot, saw a lot of this great country and felt a need to write about it - with a touch of horror thrown in.
When did you first start writing?
When I was about 8 years old - then a large gap till I was in my 60's would you believe when my first novel - 'The Sabbath' was published.
What's the story behind your latest book?
My current book that I am working on is set in the art world, it is an old fashioned 'who done it' murder mystery - lots of twists and turns and 'red herrings'
What motivated you to become an indie author?
Very hard to find a 'traditional' publisher these days who is taking on new authors - so indie was the obvious choice.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Smashwords has opened up additional channels for marketing.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Getting all I want to say down on paper and then reading the finished book - what a joy - and the fact that people buy my books and like them - what more could an author want.
What do your fans mean to you?
My fans mean everything to me, without them my books would not exist -
What are you working on next?
Actually two books - a murder mystery and a book on Witchcraft - a story of a Witch and her life in the 17th Century.
Who are your favorite authors?
Patricia Cornwell and Stephen King- are amongst my favourites.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Honestly, my furkids, they need feeding !!
Published 2017-10-19.
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Books by This Author

Honour Thy Father
You set the price! Words: 32,460. Language: English. Published: October 18, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Occult
Ten years ago Linda Morton escaped the hell that was Setekh, but not without consequences. She was about to discover that escape was not on the cards and Hell would have its revenge/
The Sabbath
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 51,300. Language: Australian English. Published: November 1, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Occult
It is one year ago today that Linda Morton's husband Paul died of a heart attack and suddenly the world is not how it was. From seeing a strange woman in the mirror when she is the only person in the room, to the dark eyed, dark haired man who is haunting her and breaths evil. Linda tries to escape, but escaping from evil was never on the cards'