Welcome to another Interview With post! I am so excited to be continuing my series, and with a writer who I have been following on Twitter for a while now AND have her books. Which by the way you should at least check them out!
Without further ado: here is my interview with Holly!
Hi Holly, thank you for agreeing to this interview. Tell us a little about yourself and your background?
I'm awful at those a bit about me things lol.
I'm an English expat living in the beautiful city of Prague with my dear husband. Writing is something I came to in my early 20's, although I was an avid reader from a young age. When I'm not hidden in a book somewhere I enjoy wandering around the city, exploring the nooks and crannies. I hope to travel the world and see everything it has to offer.
What are your ambitions for your writing career?
In one word that can be summed up as - Freedom. I want to earn enough to be able to wander the world as I see fit. I want to touch people, to add a little something to their lives. I'd love to reach the point where fanfiction and fan art are made around my books, that would be amazing!
Give us an insight into your main character. What does he/she do that is so special?
I have more than one series, so I'll go with Dacian. Dacian is an ink magician, that means that he's a very special form of tattoo magician and a lot of people would love to get their hands on him, to control him. On a more personal note, he helps people. The people hidden in the shadows that society overlooks and ignored. He doesn't always want to help, but he does it anyway.
Would you mind sharing a favourite quote from your book?
That's so hard! This is the opening couple of lines from Branded In Ink, Dacian's first book:
The city heaved a great sigh as morning broke. Thick blue-grey clouds hung on the horizon threatening to engulf the city in a few more hours of darkness.
There are some from my Infernal Hunt series that never fail to make me laugh but I fear they contain cursing & are a bit spoilery!
Where do the your ideas come from?
Everywhere! When I'm walking around the city I sometimes see a person who catches my eye and a character will form around them. Or a piece of architecture, a song, a snippet of conversation, a tweet. They really come to life through conversation though. I'll talk to my husband, and my best friend, and my twin, and that's where they really become something more. I'm an extrovert, so I suppose it's no surprise that people and conversation are at the heart of it!
Do you work to an outline or plot or do you prefer just see where an idea takes you?
I've done it all which ways. Some I plot intensively, some I have a really loose plot, others I just sit down and see what happens.
Do you write every day, 5 days a week or as and when?
Definitely as and when. I'm a firm believer in making sure that there's no stress attached to my fiction writing, that makes things harder and unpleasant.
Do you aim for a set amount of words/pages per day?
When I'm ready to write I like to get a minimum of 1,000 words written.
How much research do you do?
Very little! lol I set my books either in Prague, where I live, or in some city I made up. They're Urban Fantasy, and I read a lot of myths and such growing up so I know that side of things well enough. I'm not a huge fan of research, I get too wrapped up in the little niggly details. I'm better off diving in and writing.
What is the hardest thing about writing?
Pulling everything together. Trying to balance character development with a nice quick pace. Making the prose have the right musicality while still hitting the right emotions. It's one huge balancing act.
Do you ever get writer’s Block?
Definitely. I get stressed and depressed from outside things and I just can't write. I have to take a step back, breathe, and let everything settle again.
What book/s are you reading at present?
I'm not sure when this interview will go out, I'm considering starting a Court Of Roses And Thorns at the moment, I've heard so many good things about it. It doesn't sound like my usual fare so we'll see, I might dive into book 4 of the Incryptid series or book 3 of The Final Formula series.
If you couldn’t be an author, what would your ideal career be?
I'd be a (horse) riding instructor. I was one for a few years and I loved it.
And finally, any Advice to aspiring writers?
Read and write in every form you can. Don't limit yourself to just one genre, or just fiction. You can learn so, so, much from other forms of writing. My descriptions, rhythm, cadence, and overall word choices came on leaps and bounds thanks to studying poetry. I learnt a huge amount about the psychology of word choices and keeping everything tight and hard hitting from copywriting. Non-fiction is fantastic for good, clear, writing. Don't limit yourself. Dive in and read blogs, newspapers, science journals, magazines, poetry, essays, and marketing materials. Try your hand at as many different forms as you can. You'll learn a lot.
Thanks for having me!!
Amazon link to Infernal Ties (Book 1): www.amazon.com/Infernal-Ties-Hunt-Book-ebook/dp/B01ES9PEZO
Holly Evans is an urban fantasy author with an unhealthy fascination with blades, a deep love of hellhounds, and would love one day to wake up as a fae. When she isn't wrangling rogue characters and trying to tame her muse, she's researching shiny new ninja moves. During her spare time she fights crime and rights wrongs on the streets of Prague.