Today we’re celebrating with my friend and talented author, Holly Kammier. Her novel, Kingston Court, just hit the virtual book stores and, if you’re lucky, you might find a copy in a local retailer near you.
To mark this momentous occasion I’m asking Holly a few questions about her story and writing journey. Please join us!
First…Congratulations Holly! What an exciting time for you. I’m thrilled to be here helping you kick off the much-anticipated book release. Let’s jump in, shall we?
Tell us, why should people read your book?
Because it’s based on real-life women being put into the kind of situations we fear and desire most. Someone recently posted this review of Kingston Court on Amazon and I think it sums up the reasons to read it perfectly, “I laughed out loud, I got sad, I got horny. Juicy plots, genuine relationships, interesting characters. This book has everything that makes a book enjoyable.” There was more, but that was my favorite part. Who doesn’t want to laugh out loud, get sad, and get horny?
What was the hardest part about bringing this novel to completion?
Putting it in order! I have a very strange method of writing books. To get started I will work on whatever part of the story I am most inspired to write about each day. As a result, as I get close to the end, I need to go back and put the whole thing in order and then edit out anything no longer necessary and add in any missing pieces. It is NOT a very efficient way to write a novel, but it’s what works for me.
During the writing process, did you have a minor character evolve into a major one? If so, did that change the direction of the novel at all?
Yes. It was really exciting. I introduced the character Elena for a line or two and she was so fun I realized I needed to keep her around. She ended up experiencing a dramatic event in the final chapters that had a major impact on one of my main characters. Samantha’s story would not have been the same without Elena and I had no idea until it happened. That is one of the things that is so cool about writing.
Who is your favorite character and why?
I usually answer this question by saying Cameron. Today, however, I am liking Natalie better. She is someone who started off not believing in herself and found out that when it mattered, she was one tough cookie. I’m really proud of her accomplishments and growth.
If you had to do it all over again, is there anything you would change?
Writing this book and getting it published was a huge learning process. I’d like to think I will trust myself a little more in my next novel, that when I hit a road block I won’t completely freak out and think the world is coming to an end. In reality, I will probably have the exact same reaction. It’s part of my DNA.
What are you working on now?
I just started working on the next book. It’s a novel about a woman who goes back home after something happens to her mother and she is forced to reevaluate her childhood and her current life. In my head it’s a very funny story about an incredibly quirky family. Hopefully it will turn out that way on paper.
I have complete faith your new project will be magnificent upon its completion, and I can’t wait to read Kingston Court!
Here’s a little bit about the novel…
A modern twist between Sex and the City and Desperate Housewives, Kingston Court follows the love, lies, and friendships of two wealthy Southern California women.
Samantha and Natalie are at a crossroads. Gorgeous, over-the-top Samantha, hangs her status and her happiness on her “perfect” husband. That is until she learns his secret.
But she’s not the only mother on the block struggling. Natalie, nurturing and careful, is thrust back into the workforce after her husband barely survives a horrifying car crash. However, it isn’t just her new job co-hosting a national morning news show that keeps her busy. Alik, the hot young production assistant, does everything in his power to seduce the woman he loves.
Death and misfortune in the span of a single year force these two women to rediscover their inner strength and make life-changing choices. Kingston Court is full of scandal, temptation, and all of life’s juicy little secrets.
Pick up a copy…
Holly Kammier splits her time between San Diego, California and Henderson, Nevada. She is the author of the debut novel, Kingston Court, and Could Have Been Hollywood, a memoir. Holly is the co-creator of Acorn Author Services & Publishing.
A UCLA honors graduate, Holly is a former journalist who has worked everywhere from CNN in Washington, D.C. and KCOP-TV in Los Angeles, to the NBC affiliate in small-town Medford, Oregon. She has recently completed her second book, Kingston Court, scheduled for release this September. A world traveler in her younger years, these days when she isn’t writing or content editing, Holly spends much of her time chasing after her two boys, Josh and Alex. Holly is an avid reader with a passion for timeless books and beautiful writing. She also enjoys long walks, romantic movies and making her mischievous sons smile wider.
Now it’s your turn, readers! Throw Holly a question . . . or five. 😉
I’m a mother, a fantasy author, and sometimes DIY home decorator. Watch the blog as we follow my messy life. Living every day in reality and making time to play on the other side, bringing bits of whimsy into normalcy.