About Holly Hook:
Holly Hook is the author of the five-book Destroyers Series, which is the prequel to the Deathwind Trilogy. She began writing at a very young age and published her first book for Kindle, Tempest, in September of 2011. Since then, Tempest (#1 Destroyers Series) has seen thousands of downloads and four sequels. The Deathwind Trilogy is a spin-off of the Destroyers Series, with three books planned.
The author is currently working on the Timeless Trilogy, another YA fantasy series with a hint of science fiction, and has written a few short stories. She grew up with a fascination with natural disasters and weather, especially storms. She enjoys writing stories with a strong female lead and exploring concepts that have never been done before. Reading teen fiction and young adult books is another one of her biggest interests. She lives in Michigan with her two cats and an assortment of other pets.
What inspires you to write?
Often, dreams do. All three of my current series were inspired by dreams. At least, the first books were. Things then take off from there. I get so many ideas that I feel like I can never write all of them down.
Tell us about your writing process.
I usually sit down and write about a thousand words at a time as I set a daily quota for myself. Since I have to work until 6pm each night, I usually get my thousand done during my lunch break. This also forces me to make daily progress.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
My characters usually start acting on their own once I get far enough into a book. I’m literally taken along for the ride. Sometimes, I write something that surprises me or that I don’t expect.
What advice would you give other writers?
This takes years of work to get anywhere. You simply have to dive in, learn from your mistakes, and keep going.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I like to have control over everything – my covers, characters, etc, so I decided to publish myself. I like having the freedom to write something that isn’t necessarily “hot” at the moment, even if it’s totally off the wall.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
It is definitely growing harder and harder to get noticed with more people publishing. I started out five years ago, and things have changed. It used to be easy to get noticed by readers. Now, you have to work a lot harder. I don’t expect this to get much easier, so those wanting to break into publishing on their own will need to do their homework before diving in.
What do you use?: Professional Editor, Professional Cover Designer, Beta Readers
What genres do you write?: I write in young adult, fantasy, and paranormal. I might branch into science fiction in the near future.
What formats are your books in?: Both eBook and Print
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