Hi folks! Today I’m chatting with Kari Holloway, an American writer who grew up in Leesburg, Georgia. She dabbles in southern romances filled with iconic components of sexy cowboys and firefighters, explores the unexplained in her paranormal series, and has found her way to the battlefields of the Civil War, and to love’s first kiss under the weeping willow through various anthologies.
Hi Kari, it’s great to have you here.
Hello! Thanks for having me, Book Squirrel!
You’re most welcome. I love meeting authors and talking about books. Tell me, what inspired you to write?
Truthful answer? I was a social fringe kind of kid. Screwed up bell-curve grades and preferring the uncool styles of country music and anime kept me there. I remember writing in school, but teachers wouldn’t allow students to bring notebooks on test days, so I brought books instead. Then in 2015 I went back to writing and haven’t stopped.
That’s the way! Don’t stop!
What’s your favourite thing that you have written?
Only one? There are scenes in Cracked But Never Broken that hurt my heart, Behind the Lens has those tantalizing moments of unsure requited love, Mark of Cain has my MC standing up for herself.
Trapped by Design is one of my favorites. It’s a paranormal short story set in the realm of my Devil’s Playground series. I haven’t published it yet. I’m shopping it around to publications. It starts off with Ava playing a game of peek-a-boo with her kid.
Oh, make sure you let me know when it’s out, and I’ll spread the word.
No problem! What’s your favourite thing that someone else has written?
Night Angel Trilogy by Brent Weeks if we’re talking new school. If we’re talking in all of modern time, Sackett Series by Louis Lamour.
What’s the best book you’ve read this year?
I got to see a sneak peek of the stories in A Contract of Words. They are amazing, and some leave me in awe while others just creep me out. I think that’s a good hallmark of a well-balanced anthology.
What are you working on writing now?
I’m trying to rein in my muse. She’s trying to start me on book 5 in the Devil’s Playground series while I’m under deadline for a group release in October.
Those darned muses certainly have a mind of their own, eh.
You got that right!
Do you have a favourite food or drink that helps you write?
No. I tend to write while drinking a glass of sweet tea, but the tea’s the only thing I drink.
Who designs your book covers?
Steven Novak of Novak illustrations did my Laughing P series. German Creative is the designer on my Devil’s Playground series, and the short story covers are my handywork.
What’s your favourite kind of music?
Country with some 60s, 70s, and 80s of Pop and Rock.
Forest, country, beach or city?
Depends on my mood. I live in a fairly rural place. Lots of woods merged with rolling farmland. The beach would be nice—watching the storms roll across the ocean, the fresh breeze, and shell collection. I couldn’t live in a city like Atlanta or New York, but small-town suits me just fine.
What’s the best vacation you’ve had?
Scuba diving in the Florida Keys or off the coast of Panama City in Florida.
What’s your favourite TV show?
To be honest, I can’t think of the last show I didn’t catch on DVR. The two I do try to catch with regularity is Doctor Who and the Graham Norton Show.
What movie can you watch over and over again?
You’ve Got Mail. It’s hopeful and sweet.
When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?
I wanted to be a veterinarian.
I like you.
Awww! I like you, too!
What’s your favourite season? Why?
Spring. Seeing the birds return in a slow migration of robins morphing into cardinals, the first few flowers determined to bloom, and it being warm/cool enough to have the windows open.
What’s your favourite quote, ever?
“We shouldn’t teach great books; we should teach a love of reading. Knowing the contents of a few works of literature is a trivial achievement. Being inclined to go on reading is a great achievement.”
That’s very thought-provoking!
It sure is!
What does a typical day hold for you?
I enjoy spending my evenings writing. During the day, it’s chasing my kids around, laughing at their sassy ways and the depths of their curiosity.
Sounds busy! What’s your motto in life?
Show the world the best version of you, for our actions of today make tomorrow.
Oh, I really like that.
Where can we follow you on social media?
Fantastic! And where can we find your books?