Featured Interview With Kari Holloway
Tell us a little about yourself. Where were you raised? Where do you live now?
A southern belle with flare, I am a native to Leesburg, Georgia, the same sleepy little town that produced greats like Luke Bryan, Buster Posey, and Phillip Phillips. A fourth-generation farmer, I don’t mind a little dirt under my nails, and if you happen to visit, you’ll notice I’m not particularly fond of shoes either. If I’m not penning tales of real love and uncovering the latest paranormal mystery, I’m chasing my rugrats around the local zoo or through the blueberries bushes of the family’s farm with my German shepherd watching from the porch.
At what age did you realize your fascination with books? When did you start writing?
Books have always been a part of my life. My mom was an avid book reader, devouring a book or more a day, and my dad binge read historical battles and biographies of great men before him.
In school, I was known to all the teachers and most of the students as a bookworm. If I didn’t have a book with me … yeah, that never happened. I always had a book.
I remember reading Silver Canyon by Louis L’amour. After devouring his impressive collection of westerns, I caught the writing bug. But while I had the writing bug, I didn’t get consistent with writing until 2015.
Who are your favorite authors to read? What is your favorite genre to read. Who Inspires you in your writings?
I love reading fantasy: Brent Weeks, Brandon Mull, John Flanagan, Kim Harrison, Piers Anthony. Wow, I could seriously go on listing people who I enjoy reading. I’m not a rereader, but I’ve reread Louis L’amour, who is the biggest influence on my writing. His style is what sparked that little light inside me. But everything I’ve read has given me inspiration. Sometimes it’s about how poetic something can sound, while other times it’s about what not to do.
Tell us a little about your latest book?
I am releasing the final book in the Laughing P trilogy. Determined to win the heart of the girl next door till death do they part, Darien sets a plan in motion that could make it or break it.
A death hangs over the happiest day of his life, his brother is missing, and some unsettling news about a certain blonde has him worried that the two are intertwined.
Can he carry the weight of what it means to be a Payne?
This is the final book, so readers know going in it’s going to be a happy ending, but that life is a lot like a river, it flows where it wants to despite where we want it to go. There’s a moment before the wedding when he’s making last minute adjustment and Maw-Payne tells him to wash his hands because there’s paint under his nails. He looks down, and he doesn’t see paint. What he sees is this pair of callused, rough hands, and a busted thumb all forged through hard work—his hard work. He’s grown up running the ranch, but everyone saw him as the trouble maker, the cad, and he hasn’t been those things in years. It’s my favorite scene in the whole book. I’d love to tell more, but “spoilers,” said in my best River Song voice.
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