Friday, May 4, 2012

Author Interview: Krista Holle (Lure of Shapinsay) and trailer too!

The Lure of Shapinsay by Krista Holle

Amazon Product Description:
Ever since Kait Swanney could remember, the old crones of the village have been warning her to stay away from the selkies. They claim that like sirens of old, the seal men creep from the inky waters, shed their skins, and entice women to their deaths beneath the North Sea. But avoiding an encounter becomes impossible when Kait is spotted at the water’s edge, moments after the murder of a half-selkie infant.

Kait is awoken unexpectedly by a beautiful, naked selkie man seeking revenge. After she declares her innocence, the intruder darts into the night, but not before inadvertently bewitching her with an overpowering lure.

Kait obsesses over a reunion deep beneath the bay and risks her own life to be reunited with her selkie. But when she lands the dangerous lover, the chaos that follows leaves Kait little time to wonder—is it love setting her on fire or has she simply been lured?
Welcome to The Wormhole!
It is my pleasure to feature an interview with Krista Holle!
? When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?  I’ve always enjoyed writing, but I knew I wanted to make a career out of it when I sent one of my young adult novels to a fifteen-year-old beta reader I’ve never met.   The young woman stayed up all night to read my book in one sitting because she couldn’t put it down.  Hearing this was the best feeling in the world.

? How many jobs did you have before you became a writer?  Technically two.  I waited tables through college until I became a registered nurse.  I’m still a critical care nurse, but I write every spare chance I can get.

? How long does it take you to write a book?  When I’m not promoting a book, it takes me about six months to complete a novel.  That’s writing about thirty hours a week while working a full-time job.

? What would you say is your most interesting writing quirk?  I like to write when it’s completely silent.  We’re talking tomb silent.  And please don’t let life get in the way of my writing.  What do you mean I have to make dinner?  Grrrr. 

? Where do you get your ideas or inspiration for your characters?  Most of my characters come from deep inside my sick cookie brain.  The female leads do have a tiny hint of me in them.  Kait the lead in The Lure of Shapinsay has a passion for the sea.  That’s me.  In a perfect world, I’d live within a rock’s throw of the ocean. 

? How do you decide what you want to write about? Honestly, I try to find things that haven’t been done to death.  I recently got the wacky idea of writing a modern version of Tarzan and Jane.

? What books have most influenced your life?  I fell in love with the romance of Stephanie Meyer’s Twilight books.  I love the magic and charm of Shannon Hale’s books.  I developed a love of historical fiction through Tracy Chevalier’s books.   

? What are you reading right now?  The Hunger Games saga. 

? What do you like to do when you are not writing?  There’s not much time for hobbies, but I love movies and hiking.  I’m a really good do-it-yourselfer such as tiling, dry-walling, painting ect...  I do these things because I’m a cheapskate.

? What is your favorite comfort food?  I never get tired of spaghetti with garlic bread.  There’s also “tuna on toast”.  It’s a weird tuna gravy mixture that’s eaten on biscuits.  It’s a breakfast dish by the way.

? What do you think makes a good story?  A great plot, great characters, and a heavy dose of factor X.  Nobody knows what factor X is, but if it’s missing the book will be a bomb.

Fun random questions: 
  • dogs or cats? Both.
  • Coffee or tea? Water with lemon.
  • Dark or milk chocolate? Milk chocolate but only the expensive kind. 
  • Rocks or flowers? Rocks.  I collect seashells.
  • Night or day? Night, but I turn into a pumpkin at midnight. 
  • Favorite color? Pink.
  • Crayons or markers?  Oil paint.
  • Pens or pencils?  Pens.
For your viewing pleasure:  The Lure of Shapinsay trailer.

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Happy Reading.