K.J. Holloway

Biography

K.J. Holloway grew up in Kingston, NY as an avid comic book reader and cartoon watcher. Instead of growing up, he decided to keep dreaming; with hopes of conveying those dreams through writing. Writing didn't save his life, but it did keep him sane (mostly) through two tours in Iraq with the Army's 2nd Infantry Division, as well as help him to B.S. his way through college and grad school. He just published his first novel, "Aegis", and is making writing his life now.

Smashwords Interview

What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
For me, it's all about honesty. Writing gives me a chance to express myself, whether it's through my characters in fiction, or through my arguments in nonfiction. In fiction, the stories and characters may not be real, but the emotions that they feel and that they project onto the reader are real. They're my honest emotions. I portray them because I've felt them before. Whether, they be fear and doubt or joy and love, I've felt them all. And I seek to share them with my audience in the most honest way possible. Writing allows me to speak my mind. It's also cathartic. Writers live at least half of our lives inside of our heads. Writing allows me to release those thoughts. Once their put on paper they become real. The characters become real people and no longer figments of my imagination. Storytelling is the oldest tradition in human history. I am proud to be a part of that tradition.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I love writing. I would do it for free. I, of course, have my fantasies of success, but those are not what get me through the tough parts of writing (the grind, the revising, the loneliness, the revising, the long hours, the editing and revising). The days when I have to lock myself in a room alone, with just my computer and a cup of coffee, it's my love of writing and creating that keeps me motivated to continue. When it came time to publish, I realized how much traditional publishers and agents are motivated only by their bottom line. What's worse is that's how they want me to think! Indie publishing has allowed me to cut through the bullshit, and instead get my work directly to my audience. It's like Quentin Tarantino said: be your own audience. Write stories that you would read/ watch and bet that there are others out there like you. If there are others out there like me, then why should I let anything stop me from reaching them?
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Books

Aegis
You set the price! Words: 116,510. Language: American English. Published: August 14, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Urban
Rona, a former guardian angel now bound to Earth, isn’t surprised to learn that Heaven and Hell are at war again. She isn’t even surprised that the fate of the Earth hangs in the balance. She is, however, shocked when her friend, Angelica, asks her to become a guardian again to protect a teenage boy whom demons are after. The reward, a chance to regain entry into Heaven, is too good to pass up.

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