20 QUESTIONS FOR KIM HOLDEN
- Have you always wanted to be a writer?
In school I always loved writing. (Hated reading, but loved writing …I know I’m weird.) And I always thought it would be cool to write a book someday. It was kind of a bucket list thing. Well, as it is with life, stuff happens. Years pass while you’re just focused on other things: work, family, children, etc. It wasn’t until I was in my mid-thirties (and an avid reader at that point) that one day I woke up and thought – you’re not getting any younger, you’d better get your ass in gear if you’re going to make your dreams happen. And I started writing. My first book, All of It, took four years to complete and was nothing more than fulfilling a dream for me. When I was done I wanted to write some more. So I started Bright Side. Writing for me is an escape. I love it. It’s the best hobby/therapy in the world.
- Are you a full time writer? If so, what did you do in your “previous life?”
At this point I would say writing definitely feels like my full-time job. It’s where my passion lies and I devote a lot of time to my books and “book stuff”. I do, however, work part-time in accounting, because it pays my bills. 🙂
- If you could go back in time, what advice would you give your younger self?
Easy. Chill out. Don’t worry so much. Everything will work out.
- Do you work on one storyline at a time or do you have multiple storylines in the pipeline?
I just laughed (out loud) when I read this question. Only one. God help me, only one. My brain would shutdown completely with more. I’m not that high-functioning.
- BRIGHT SIDE WAS SO EMOTIONAL. Did you find yourself crying while you were writing it?
I didn’t cry when I wrote Bright Side, but that doesn’t mean I didn’t feel it. I carried it around with me like it was real. It was heavy. Writing the last few chapters I felt really sick to my stomach. It lasted for days. I probably wasn’t too much fun to be around that week. 🙂
- So many of your fans love BRIGHT SIDE (me included). It’s like a phenomenon! Did you feel that it was something special when you were writing it?
No. I never imagined this little book would be received the way it has. I’m humbled and shocked. I wrote a book I loved. With characters I’d like to hang out with. Who talked the way my friends and I talk. When I was done it was special to me, but I really didn’t think anyone would want to read it. I am so, so lucky.
- I can’t wait to see what you have in store for Gus. I’m really looking forward to that release this year! Will you be having any other spin offs from BRIGHT SIDE? Maybe Keller and Stella?
Gus. 🙂 I’m not sure if the story will end with him or not. Time will tell.
- What are your biggest distractions?
What isn’t a distraction for me would be the easier question. 🙂 I’m distracted by everything.
- What is your least favorite part of the writing or publishing process?
The FINAL, final read through is agonizing. I’ve already read through the book 1,257,359 times at that point. I’ve corrected, and changed, and edited it to death and I want nothing more than to just beat my head against the wall. But as soon as that final read through is done, I fall in love with it all over again. It’s crazy.
- What activities do you enjoy outside of writing?
I’m a HUGE reader. And music is my lifeblood – I can’t function without it. We go to a lot of concerts.
- Do you have a favorite author or book?
My favorite book is The Catcher in the Rye. And it’s a three-way tie for favorite author – I bow down to Colleen Hoover, Rainbow Rowell, and John Green. Love them!
- Ever think you have a great idea for a book, only to find out someone released the same storyline already?
Not yet. 🙂
- Have you ever had writer’s block?
Yup. I think every writer goes through it. It sucks. Hard.
- I just finished ALL OF IT and I really liked it. How did you come up with that storyline?
A lot of the characters and events in All of It are personal to me. Things I’ve gone through or people I’ve known. The storyline just grew out of that. It’s really a love letter to my family and friends.
- What does your writing workspace look like?
I write a few different places, but lately I’ve just been sitting in bed with my laptop. I close all the blinds, plug my ear buds in, and get lost. It works.
- Sharing your baby with the public has to be scary. How do you respond to negative reviews?
It’s terrifying actually. Though I think with each book it gets a bit easier. And as far as negative reviews go – I don’t read them. Everyone is certainly entitled to their opinion. My books aren’t perfect, far from it. And reading is subjective like any other form of art – some people love a book, some people hate it. That’s cool. I get it. I’m the same way. I just don’t read negative reviews because, for the most part, they can be quite hateful. And there’s nothing for me to gain by inviting hate into my life, so I leave it alone and focus on the love.
- If you could cast BRIGHT SIDE, who would you choose?
I’m 42 years old, so my muses while I was writing Bright Side are too old to play the characters. But Chris Helmsworth is my Gus and Jared Leto is my Keller.
- Can you tell us what you are working on next?
I’m still working on Gus (hope to wrap up the writing in the next few days – fingers crossed). After that I don’t know. I’m sure it will come to me though. 🙂
- What is in your purse right now?
Besides the kitchen sink? Wallet, sunglasses, hand lotion, keys, chapstick, badge for work, two dozen receipts from McDonalds for hazelnut iced coffee, and countless sticky note reminders with anything from shopping lists, to appointments, to book inspiration/idea stuff, to songs I need to buy on iTunes.
- Where do you hope your writing career is in 10 years?
The goal for my writing career in 10 years? 20 years? 30 years? I just want to have fun with it. As long as I’m having fun, and it’s filling my soul with goodness, I’ll keep doing it whether anyone’s reading it or not.
Thank you to everyone out there reading my books and supporting me! It means the world!