An Interview with Holly Martin!

It's a very exciting time in every bookworms life, when they come across an author whom from the first sentence of their book, the bookworm lets out a happy sigh, relaxes and thinks, "yes, this will do, this will do perfectly!" From then on the bookworm knows that no matter what, they can pick up any book by that author, sit back, relax and enjoy! Well today ladies and gentlemen, we give you an interview with the lovely Holly Martin who is one of these wonderful authors. It was only recently we came across Holly, after downloading her book "Fairytale Beginnings" but it was love at first sight/read and we knew instantly that we were going to have to read much more. I (Kelly) am currently reading "Tied up with Love" by Holly writing as Amelia Thorne and I can not say enough good things about it, I just love it. Holly's next two books will be out in September and October and are both Christmas themed....eeekk Christmas!!! We are super excited, but enough of our ramblings, here is our interview with the wonderful Holly Martin! Enjoy! :)

1) What is your favourite book?
One of my favourite books is Twenties Girl by Sophie Kinsella, I have never laughed so hard reading a book than I have with Twenties Girl. I read this book about 5 years ago or more and I still remember it now. My other favourite is Waiting for Prince Harry by Aven Ellis, I completely and utterly fell in love with Harrison in ways that no other book hero has made me feel.

2) What is your favourite part of the writing process? First ideas? Writing and editing? Receiving the finished product?
I love the writing, creating a story, weaving all the little sub plots together, watching as the story often takes me in directions that I never expected. I love getting a new cover too, because that makes the whole thing real then and you don't know how the designers or editors will visualize the story, so its always a welcome surprise.

3) What do you love most about being a writer?
Being able to create the kind of stories I want to read and that make people smile.

4) You wrote about Disney loving, hopeless romantic Milly Rose in your book "Fairytale Beginnings" Are you a fan of Disney? If so, what is your favourite Disney movie?
I love Disney but I don't LOVE it as much as Milly. I love the happy endings and the eternal optimism and I love the silly adult humour that the children just wouldn't get. My friend Megan, absolutely adores all things Disney and watches all the movies every week, the character of Milly was very loosely based on her. My favourite Disney movie would probably be Frozen as I love Olaf and Sven, but I also love the ones without princesses, Lion King and Finding Nemo.

5) Your next two books are set at Christmas time which we absolutely can not wait for, Christmas being our favourite time of year and all. What is your favourite thing about Christmas?
Oh so many things. I love buying presents for people, I love the decorations and the lights, I love the lovely Christmassy food and smells, I love spending time with friends and family. I think my favourite thing is playing board games on Christmas Day with my family as we never seem to do it at any other point in the year and its always a lot of fun.

6) Are there any food items that are a must have for you at Christmas? Things that it just wouldn't be Christmas without?
Every year my mom and dad buy me a giant toblerone, and I buy one for them too, the ones with the triangle chunks that are so big they won't fit in your mouth. But the triangle shaped box is so distinctive it's hard to disguise it when wrapping it, so we've got very creative in wrapping them so we don't guess what it is. Last year I wrapped it up with two hand dumbbells and several cardboard tubes and a load of bubble wrap so it was really huge, angular and heavy. I think this year I will have to pull out all the stops.

7) Here on the blog, we love researching fun and interesting places that we would love to travel to. Do you like to travel? Where/what is at the top of your must see/visit places?
There are many places on my to-do list. For my story One Hundred Proposals Harry takes Suzie around the world, proposing to her every day in some of the most beautiful places in the world. I had to do more research in this book than I've ever done before, restaurants, hotels, beaches, cities, tiny villages, tourist hotspots, the quiet, remote places and it left me with a thirst to see these places. Last year I went to Canada and visited all the places that Harry and Suzie visited. I would love to go to the Galapagos Islands one day and see all the varied and beautiful wildlife. I would love to go to New Zealand too and go on safari in Africa.

8) When you aren't busy writing, what do you enjoy doing?
I love to read, mainly chicklit but the occasional fantasy adventure, I love spending time with my family and friends and seeing great films at the cinema. I used to scuba dive quite regularly, I would love to get back into that again

9) Once your books are on the shelves for the world to pick up and read, do you ever go back and read them again?
Very rarely. There's always more I want to add or change or I think I should have done that or this. There's nothing you can do at that point and there's no point reading it and having regrets. I recently found myself re-reading One Hundred Christmas Proposals, the short sequel to Harry and Suzie's story. I loved writing that sequel, to catch up with those characters again and when I read it recently I fell in love with it all over again.

10) We can't resist asking one more Christmas question, what is your favourite Christmas song?
I love the classic songs like 'Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas' by Frank Sinatra but I love Michael Buble's 'It's Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas' the lyrics are so... Christmassy.

Holly's next book, out in September!

 We hope you enjoyed this interview and are all ready and excited for Chritsmas...hey it's not that far away!! :)
Follow Holly on twitter here: @hollymartin00
You can download and purchase Holly's books here.
Lucy and Kelly
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