Thursday, September 30, 2010
FEATURED AUTHOR: L. A. Hollis
L. A. Hollis is a published author. She has also been a columnist and feature writer for the Traveler Weekly Newspaper, and for other local and regional publications. She resides in Southern California with her husband, Mark, and five children.
Other books by L. A. Hollis:
“I Cannot Tell a Lie: The True Story of George Washington’s African American Descendants. (Linda Allen Bryant)
GOING IN CIRCLES
Bruce Jones and Marcus Emerson are members of the “posse” an elite group of five football standouts at UC Berkeley. There isn’t a female on or off campus that is immune to the suave brother’s legendary tactics with the fairer sex. Bruce is the leader of the group and his words are considered golden by those wanting to perfect their “playah” skills. The smooth talking brother’s popular handbook for lesser men, titled, “The Playah’s Guide for Dummies,” is a much sought after publication by the male student body on campus. Its witticisms on the treatise of male/female relationships make for great fun.
Amber is Bruce’s younger sister and she sets her sights on his best friend, Marcus. Marcus has managed in the past to fend off his numerous admirers until she appears on the scene. An instant attraction sparks a lively romance. As the lovers set off on a funny, touching, journey of the heart, their relationship is wrenched from them in tragic circumstances.
Twelve years will pass before the lovers are reunited and given a second chance to live the life that was meant for them so many years before. Will they find the happiness that eluded them in the past?
How did you start out your writing career?
My mother is an editor and publisher of a newspaper in Illinois. I believe I inherited the flare of the pen from her. I’ve always loved to write and I believe that’s a must for an author.
What did you learn while writing this book?
That I love writing in the romance genre.
What did you hope to accomplish with this book?
My goal was for readers of this book to experience the highs and lows that occur in any romantic relationship. I wanted to deliver a page turner with powerful emotions, sensuality, and incomparable humor. I believe Going in Circles is totally fresh, with an emotional and uplifting storyline a memorable “feel good” read.
What is the toughest test you've faced as a writer?
Writing daily on a consistent basis.
If you had the opportunity to talk with three writers, who would you choose and why?
Johanna Lindsey, Karen Robards, and Beverly Jenkins. All three writers make their characters believable a feat that I aspire to do in my writing.
What are three things you wish you’d known before you reached where you are now?
How much time it takes to finish a novel, the need to attend more writing conferences, and to get a great editor.
Can you give us one do and one don’t for those aspiring to be a writer?
The “do” is to be able to work through constructive criticism about your writing and the “don’t” is not to become discouraged when you receive it.
I borrowed this question from Author Carleene Brice, What is your author fantasy?
For my novel to be made into a movie. I believe “Going in Circles” might just accomplish my fantasy.
What one thing about writing do you wish other non-writers would understand?
The sacrifices you have to make to become a writer. Your daily life sometimes has to take a back seat. You also have to study the craft of writing fiction.
What was the best advice you’d ever gotten about the publishing industry? The worst?
The best advice was to never take no for an answer. The worst give it up and do something else.
If you could visit any place in the world where would you travel to?
What is something readers would be surprised you do?
Delving into the different martial arts.
Our theme this month is Online Marketing. What online marketing have you found works well for you?
On line bookstores, book clubs, and blogs.
Oprah always asks, What do you know for sure?
To make life complete, you need to experience true love and once experiencing it . . . you’ll find that love can truly conquer all things.
Can you give us a sneak peek of your next book?
I can’t give a peek at this time, but I can promise another page turner.
How can readers get in contact with you? (mail, email, website)
Readers can reach me at Lindab116@aol.com or on my page at Amazon.com.
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