Kari Holloway, specializes in southern fiction romance and fantasy.
A fourth-generation farm girl, her family’ s farm plays a hand in her Laughing P series, with her mother collecting all sorts of animals, from cats to emus and everything in between. Kari uses these experiences, as well as her studies in Psychology from her time at Georgia Southwestern State University, create people in her stories who are true to life. A native of Leesburg, Georgia, Kari spends her days writing, cuddling with her daughters, and baking delicious treats. She’s also a bit of a shutterbug, taking kids and camera to some of her favorite places: aquariums, theme parks, museums, and zoos.
When and why did you start writing?
I remember writing stories in elementary school, but I hid it through high school. When my second child was born, I picked it up again and haven’t stopped since.
What inspires your writing?
In my Laughing P series, I wanted to showcase the good and the bad that exist in small town USA. Instead of men saving women and always an outside force, we have true people saving themselves and battling their thoughts and feelings while striving for their goals. What could be more inspirational than that.
What has been your worst moment as a writer?
I haven’t had a moment I would classify as worst. I’m sure I’ll get a review that feels like a knife through my heart, but I’ve written the story, I’ve had it professionally edited, and I can’t please everyone. That has to be enough.
Do you have any writing rituals to get you in the mood for writing?
No. I fit writing in where I can.
If you could, what would you go back and tell yourself as a writer starting out?
Nothing. I’ve made some great friends with the screw ups that forced me to seek experienced people to help.
What do you believe make for great writing?
Not holding back.
How do you measure success as a writer?
By completed works, regardless if they are published or not.
What is your biggest fear as a writer?
I’ll wake up one day and my characters don’t talk to me.
Describe your latest book to our readers.
I published Behind the Lens, book 2 of the Laughing P series in January 2017. Lexi’s year has been filled with ups and downs, and she wants her usual alone time up in the mountains, away from the bustling ranch. Secrets she doesn’t know tug the strings around her, and the conspiracy unfolds that started in book 1.
What would you like readers to take away from your writing?
Regardless of our circumstances, we are responsible for ourselves and our actions.
Do you have any tips for aspiring writers?
Write for yourself. Edit for the world. Don’t engage in negative conversations.
What is next for you?
I have two Devil’s Playground fantasy novellas sitting in queue for an edit.
by Kari Holloway
Marine. Rancher’s son. Twin
Damien returns home thinking he would slip right back in, but his family and the small town he’s from have been doing just fine.
When secrets he thought were buried surface, can he tell friend from foe and win the girl, or will his inner demons ruin his chance for a happily-ever-fter?