AUTHOR: L.J. Holmes
BOOK TITLE: Beyond Yesterday and Twilight Comes
PUBLISHER: MuseItUp Publishing
BUY LINK: Beyond Yesterday: http://museituppublishing.com/bookstore/index.php/museitup/horror-dark-fiction/beyond-yesterday-detail
GENRE: Dark Fantasy
BUY LINK: Twilight Comes
GENRE: Graphic Dark Fiction
GIVEAWAY: Lin is offering a PDF of Twilight Comes and one of Beyond Yesterday. Be sure to leave contact information in your comment to be considered in the drawing.
Please tell us about yourself. My name is Lin Holme,s but I write as L.J. Holmes. I’m a retired teacher of the handicapped, a mom, my absolute favorite role of all, and the well trained pet of our two cats, Mama Bear and Spatz. I’m also disabled…or it’s best to say, alternately abled!
When and why did you begin writing? I began writing because something inside of me was screaming for me to let her speak. I call her Nudge, and she’ll wake me up with new ideas swirling inside our head and not give me any peace until I have committed her latest story portion to paper…that I keep along with a pen right beside my bed.
What inspired you to write your first book? Nudge. I was fourteen, thirteen…somewhere around there and Nudge and I created Katana Lee, a young Hawaiian girl and the boy trying to convince her he’s in love with her, Tyrano, or Ty for short. It was a hit with all the girls in my classes.
What do you do when you’re not writing/editing or thinking about writing/editing? I knit hats and scarves to send to the Reservations. It’s very cold in North Dakota. When I learned how desperately they needed hats and scarves, I had to do what I can. I have eight hats and two scarves already done to send off soon. I’m waiting though, until I have at least ten hats and five scarves. Scarves take forever…so I can’t make as many of them as I do the hats.
What are your thoughts about promotion? It’s the hardest part of being a writer. I was raised by my grandmother, a full blooded Cherokee. Nonnie taught me to never be so arrogant as to toot my own horn. She was such a gently lady; never had a bad word to say about anyone, and such a great teller of stories. But she believed it was wrong to boast about yourself. She believed if you really are good, others will find out just because you continue being you. When she died, people from five surrounding towns crowded in to pay their respects. I only saw my father cry once…not when his own mother died, but when his mother-in-law, Nonnie, died.
What was the toughest criticism given to you? Back in 1999-2000 I had an agent and an editor. They liked me writing poetry; I HATE writing poetry. Pentameter is far too constrictive for Nudge and me. I wanted to write stories, so I did and showed them…they told me it was crap. That made me stop writing everything. I put my writings into the closet, and until 2010, they remained there.
What was the biggest compliment? That came on March 28th, 2010 when I sent Muse SANTA IS A LADY, the first thing I’d written since my agent and editor blew me out of the water. My daughter, author Kat Holmes, had to bully me into writing it. Anyway, I sent it off to Muse at 10:15 P.M. 1:25 AM on March 29th, we’re talking a FEW hours later, I got my first contract. Since then I have published fifteen-sixteen books…so I guess Nudge and I don’t write crap after all.
Any advice for a new writer just starting out? Never give up. If you are a writer, you aren’t writing for riches, but because you have a Nudge inside you, too. Never give up. Every negative is a learning experience, and you improve with ever nuance you learn.
What are your current projects? I have four books coming out this fall. My first came out in September. It’s a sequel to a book I wrote about a year ago…that one was called SUC-U and this one is called SUC-U TOO. I’m being told I’m adding a lot more humor to my stories…which is probably a good thing since I’m writing them Tongue-In-Cheek!
My second release is another Tongue-In-Cheek book I’m surprised got a contract. I wrote it to make my editor laugh. It’s called DIAMONDS FROM THE ROUGHAGE and takes place partially in Camelot after the knights have all left in search of the Holy Grail.
My third and fourth releases are BOTH coming out in December. One is a sequel to SANTA IS A LADY called, CHRISTMAS GOES GREEN and has a half leprechaun-half witch as the heroine, and a half elf-half human…who also happens to be Santa’s son, as the hero.
The other one, THE END OF TOMORROW is a short about jumping to conclusions when a husband comes home from a business trip and mentions his ex-wife, a real snob, wants him to father her baby. Our young wife blows a few corks.
How can we find you? Website, Facebook, Twitter, blog, etc.? Oh dear, I can barely remember any of the urls for the 12 blogs I have. (I’m not that computer savvy. I couldn’t figure out the “pages” Blogger offers, so I just kept creating new blogs as the need came along…my daughter is working on a website for me, but I never seem to have the time to sit down with her and put on the finishing touches, but I DO remember my e-mail address…it’s Spatzdkat1212@yahoo.com
Any other news you’d like to share? If you e-mail me and I don’t get back to you right away, please be patient. They did an MRI of my spinal cord because of the intense pain I’ve been having. Sitting here at my computer, since my laptop died because Mama Bear kept sitting on it and drew the energy right out of it, hurts, a lot, so I can only stay here as long as the burning and squeezing of my right hip down into my right leg doesn’t kick in.
What is your experience working or being around domestic violence?
I received my first beating when I was seven from my father. I also was the object of much ridicule by my parents. (Both of them were alcoholics.) I spent eleven years in a marriage that was beyond hell. My ex was a Federal Agent and believed the badge gave him omnipotent powers. When the marriage finally ended, I needed extensive reconstructive surgeries to repair, as much as was possible, the damage he’d done to me.
Why do you feel qualified to write a book on this theme? I think I answered that, but once I was through the surgeries, I went back to college to get my BA. I have a DUAL BA in Psychology and Sociology. I desperately needed to understand how a man could say he loved me and then do the things my ex did.
What gave you the idea for this particular book? One of the things the judge, who graciously awarded me my divorce, suggested was we attend counseling. Because this stuff goes on behind closed doors… (Our next door neighbors babysat for us, and they had NO idea what my ex was doing to me, UNTIL I was able to find a police officer, not enamored or AFRAID of the power a federal agent has, who helped me get to the right places and right people and get my restraining order to get him out.)
In group counseling I learned how NOT alone I was in being a survivor. This story came out of learning the depths of depravity going on Behind Closed Doors.
Is this a work of fiction or non-fiction? It’s fiction.
Why did you choose to write it this way? Because it is a compilation of stories I’ve heard; not just one family’s nightmare.
What do you hope readers will take away from your book? There are signs of abuse. I used to play in the corner of the recess yard, by myself. I was terribly, terribly shy, and afraid of almost everything.
What is the toughest part about writing about this subject, and how did you get past it? It brought back some of my own nightmares. Long ago I learned if I let the nightmares rule me, HE’S won, and I will never let HIM win.
Are experiences based on someone you know or events in your own life? I think I’ve answered this above. (Has anyone ever realized it?) I was born with blood tumors, and one was across my right butt cheek. My parents swore it proved I was the Devil’s spawn, so every time they had company, they made me turn around, pull my pants down and show my Mark of Satan. I HATED having company.
What about your book makes it special? It’s dark, but it shows a truth we all need to be aware of.
Do writing violent or highly sexual scenes bother you? Again, I think I answered this. YES it bothers me... Why or why not? Because it scrapes the scabs from my own wounds and lets them bleed again.
What was the process of creating this book from the first idea to the final published book? I just wrote it during the days of my editor and agent. I put it away in my closet until Lea Schizas, my publisher at MuseItUp Publishing told me to bring out my closet cache and send them to her. That’s what I did with TWILIGHT COMES.
What is your favorite:
Food? Philly Cheesesteak Pizza
Time of day to write? When Nudge gets in an uproar.
Place to write? Wherever I happen to be. Nudge has forced me to write while I’m driving on country roads with one hand on the wheel, the other writing away beside me. Thank GOD it was late enough there wasn’t any other traffic.
Season? Winter…love watching snow fall, now that I’ve moved to the South, I miss it.
Holiday? Christmas. I’m a December Baby all the way.
Song? Broken by SEETHER with AMY LEE
TV show? NCIS
Book? THE LAST DAY by Glenn Kleier
Author? Glenn Kleier
Quote? You cannot retrieve a word once spoken, so take great care in what you say.