About Holley Trent:
Holley Trent is a Carolina girl gone west. Raised in rural coastal North Carolina, she’s a lady with Southern sensibilities, but in 2011 her adventurous spirit drove her to Colorado for new experiences. She lives on the Front Range with her husband, two kids, and two cats.
She writes snarky contemporary and paranormal romances ranging from sensual to erotic that are usually set in her home state. Her humor is sometimes subtle, often ribald, and regularly inappropriate. If any of her stories seem overly serious at first glance–keep reading.
She’s a winner of the inaugural CIM-RWA Abalone Award (for My Nora) and a three-time Colorado Romance Writers Award of Excellence finalist (My Nora, Calculated Exposure, and A Demon in Waiting). A Demon in Waiting was a RomCon Readers’ Crown finalist in 2014.
What inspires you to write?
Like many authors, I write to quiet my muse. She’s constantly asking “what if?” and won’t let me rest until I answer her.
Tell us about your writing process.
I’m a pantser. I’ve tried outlining–and have even contracted books just based on outlines–but they always fall apart by the third chapter.
I tend to write a fast, rough first draft and make the story *sensible* in the next draft.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I don’t interact with my characters. They more or less clip a leash onto me and jerk me from one page to the next.
What advice would you give other writers?
Find your own system and style. It’s easy to get bogged down with all the things you “should do,” and not every method is going to work for every author. Be open to trial and error, and try not to get disheartened when some things seem more difficult for you than they are for others.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I make the best decision I can for each book/series. I feel some of my projects will be better positioned by publishing houses. Others are more maneuverable if I self-publish them. I don’t believe in “all or nothing.”
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I see more hybridization in the pipeline. I believe more authors will want to continue to reap the benefits of publisher backing, but still wield some autonomy for projects they want to publish on their own.
What do you use?: Professional Editor
What genres do you write?: romance, erotic romance, paranormal romance
What formats are your books in?: Both eBook and Print