Saturday, December 17, 2011

Author Spotlight: Holly Hook's TEMPEST

It's time for the next installment in my author spotlight series, where I'm interviewing select authors whose books are included in my Big Awesome YA Giveaway 2011.

If you haven't entered to win yet, you can find out more information about that here, and a list of all the prizes here..

And now, the interview...



Kate: Today I want to welcome author Holly Hook. Holly is giving away 1 ebook version and 1 print copy of her YA novel Tempest. 

Welcome, Holly! Tell us a little about Tempest.  What’s it about?

Holly: Sixteen-year-old Janelle never thought the gray spiral birthmark on her arm meant anything special.  That is, until she meets Gary, a boy her age with a birthmark exactly like hers.  Gary’s attractive, brooding, and perfectly normal…except for the fact that he materialized out of a dangerous hurricane right in front of her.  Janelle’s certain of only one thing.  Gary’s mark—and hers, too—mean something, but he’s reluctant to tell her what. 

At last she squeezes the truth from Gary about their markings.  And the truth is utterly terrifying: Janelle and Gary are more connected to the destructive power of nature than she ever dreamed possible.  And learning the truth about herself is only the start of her nightmare.

Kate: Sounds intriguing! What kind of reader would this story most appeal to, and why?

Holly: Both young adults and adults have enjoyed this story.

Kate: Tell us about the very first idea you had regarding this story, the one that made you say “I HAVE to write this!” Was it a certain scene, character, or situation?

Holly: It came from a weird dream I had one night, which I don't remember.

Kate: I get a lot of book ideas from dreams, too. Is there a particular theme of Tempest that spoke to you personally as you were writing it?

Holly: Maybe the environment and how important everything is in regulating it.  Or that evil isn't too easily defined.

Kate: What person (besides yourself, obviously) is most influential on your writing process?

Holly: Maybe my critique group, who helped me through this and other novels.

Kate: Crit groups are amazing. :) Is there anything you’re working on now that you’d like to tell us about?

Holly: The third book in this series. I can't give too much away about it now, or what disaster it's about.  I am posting news on my blog, though, and hope to unveil the cover at the end of the month.

Kate: Awesome! Where can readers interested in your work go to find out more? 

Holly: My website is

Kate: Thanks so much for joining us, Holly!


You can enter to win Tempest and tons of other awesome books now by clicking here and following the directions! The giveaway concludes Tuesday, December 20th!


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