Today we’re celebrating with my friend and talented author, Holly Kammier. Her novel, Kingston Court, just hit the virtual book stores and, if you’re lucky, you might find a copy in a local retailer near you.
To mark this momentous occasion I’m asking Holly a few questions about her story and writing journey. Please join us!
First…Congratulations Holly! What an exciting time for you. I’m thrilled to be here helping you kick off the much-anticipated book release. Let’s jump in, shall we?
Tell us, why should people read your book?
Because it’s based on real-life women being put into the kind of situations we fear and desire most. Someone recently posted this review of Kingston Court on Amazon and I think it sums up the reasons to read it perfectly, “I laughed out loud, I got sad, I got horny. Juicy plots, genuine relationships, interesting characters. This book has everything that makes a book enjoyable.” There was more, but that was my favorite part. Who doesn’t want to laugh out loud, get sad, and get horny?
What was the hardest part about bringing this novel to completion?
Putting it in order! I have a very strange method of writing books. To get started I will work on whatever part of the story I am most inspired to write about each day. As a result, as I get close to the end, I need to go back and put the whole thing in order and then edit out anything no longer necessary and add in any missing pieces. It is NOT a very efficient way to write a novel, but it’s what works for me.
During the writing process, did you have a minor character evolve into a major one? If so, did that change the direction of the novel at all?
Yes. It was really exciting. I introduced the character Elena for a line or two and she was so fun I realized I needed to keep her around. She ended up experiencing a dramatic event in the final chapters that had a major impact on one of my main characters. Samantha’s story would not have been the same without Elena and I had no idea until it happened. That is one of the things that is so cool about writing.
Who is your favorite character and why?
I usually answer this question by saying Cameron. Today, however, I am liking Natalie better. She is someone who started off not believing in herself and found out that when it mattered, she was one tough cookie. I’m really proud of her accomplishments and growth.
If you had to do it all over again, is there anything you would change?
Writing this book and getting it published was a huge learning process. I’d like to think I will trust myself a little more in my next novel, that when I hit a road block I won’t completely freak out and think the world is coming to an end. In reality, I will probably have the exact same reaction. It’s part of my DNA.
What are you working on now?
I just started working on the next book. It’s a novel about a woman who goes back home after something happens to her mother and she is forced to reevaluate her childhood and her current life. In my head it’s a very funny story about an incredibly quirky family. Hopefully it will turn out that way on paper.
I have complete faith your new project will be magnificent upon its completion, and I can’t wait to read Kingston Court!