So I have just completed my interview with the talented author Hollie Westring, who I also just did a book review for on the book Whispers and Wishes which is a must read. Thank you Hollie for taking the time to do the interview with me! I definitely see success in your future! Click HERE to read the book review that I did on the first book in the series Whispers & Wishes!
Check out her books that we have listed here: Ghosts
How old were you when you knew that you wanted to be a writer?
I ran around with notebooks, pens and books as a kid. Dolls and toys were of little interest, so I suppose I was drawn to writing at a young age. I didn’t realize I wanted to be an author until last year. I was a journalist in my early twenties, so now that I look back, the signs were there.
How did you get the idea for the Whispers and Wishes and how long did it take you to write the first book in the series?
The idea for Whispers and Wishes came to me at the end of June 2013. I thought it would be fun to write a cozy novel that dealt with spirits, witches, life, love and friendship. I wrote the first draft (in secret) in three weeks. Revisions and edits took a few weeks each after that.
Other than your Sage Springs Series is there any other books that you have in the works that you would like our readers to know about?
I plan to finish the three-book Sage Springs Series first, but I have a slew of ideas for upcoming books with paranormal themes. I enjoy the supernatural way too much. I don’t plan too far ahead with any plots because I like the ideas to flow naturally, so for now they’re just floating around in my mind.
Who is your biggest supporter and why?
My husband is amazingly supportive. He’s not a book reader, but when I finished writing Whispers and Wishes, he asked to read it. That about made my heart burst through my chest. He’s patient with me when I’m stuck in my own world thinking about plot twists and characters. I wouldn’t be able to do this without him.
If you had to choose one word to describe the type of writer that you consider yourself what would it be?
When do you think we will have the privilege of seeing book 2 in the Sage Springs Series?
Spirits and Spells (Sage Springs Series, Book 2) will be out May 1! It’s written, and I am so excited to share Ivy’s story with everyone. Interested reviewers and bloggers will have a chance to get ARCs in April. Watch my author page on FB for early opportunities.
What has been the hardest milestone for you thus far being an author?
Marketing and publicity. I’ve found it arduous navigating these new waters and trying to get Whispers and Wishes in front of the right readers’ eyes.
Do you have a favorite author and have they inspired you in any way?
I have a lot of favorite authors, but I adore Sarah Addison Allen. She mixes so many elements into her books, and she does it flawlessly. Her stories play out like movies in my mind as I read. It’s amazing. I hope readers will be able to do that with my books.
What do you enjoy doing for fun when you aren’t writing?
I love to bake. Lexi of Cinnamon and Sunshine (Book 3) and I have that in common. Cookies are my specialty.
For those that are just starting out and are hoping to become a published author what advice would you give them?
Don’t put too much pressure on yourself, especially at the beginning. There’s plenty of time for that down the road. Get a few books written, learn from their processes and keep going.