When Holly isn’t dreaming up new plotlines for her next book, she enjoys breakfasting at Picnic Café in Dahlonega, Georgia with her (handsome) husband and their two (adorable) daughters.
INTERVIEW WITH HOLLY LAUREN:
Author Holly Lauren joins LitPick for Six Minutes with an Author! Holly is the author of TEMPUS and the soon to be released EXPERTUS.
How did you get started writing?
I started writing when I was 8 years old. My first short story was about a serial killer who smelled like peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. So, yeah. I think it’s safe to say I’ve always been this weird.
Who influenced you?
My grandmother has largely impacted my life. I remember one time I was trying really hard to fake sick so I didn’t have to go to school (again). As she dropped me off in her maroon Oldsmobile, she said, “Holly, you have a choice whether this is going to be a good day or a bad day. So make it a good day.” She has lived by that mantra her entire life, and I am better because of it.
Do you have a favorite book/subject/character/setting?
Oh my gosh. This question could really sidetrack things. I mean, I could talk for hours about this … Let me keep this short (trust me, I’m doing you a favor):
Book: To Kill A Mockingbird
Subject: LOVE DUH I’M A GIRL
Setting: Renaissance Era (80% because of the dresses)
What advice do you have for someone who wants to be an author?
Write, write, write. Read, read, read. There are only two ways I’ve improved as a writer: writing and reading. Don’t wait until you have time. Don’t wait until you know how “it” ends. Open a Word document and get some characters on the screen. That’s how you write (super complicated, huh?).
Where is your favorite place to write?
I have a light blue table in my house that I found in the basement of an antique store. It’s so beat up, but I love it. I always write with candy nearby (the sourer, the better), a drink (flavored water when I’m being good, Diet Coke when I’m being myself), and a little heater!
What else would you like to tell us?
Holly, thank you so much for spending six minutes with LitPick! We’ll be sure to watch out for serial killers smelling like peanut butter and jelly sandwiches!