Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Author Spotlight: Kim Holden **Q&A & GIVEAWAY**


This week for me (Katy) as a reader has been one of the best weeks I've had in a while. I have been off work, it's been half term here in the UK, so I took some time and all I did was just read, as well as being with my family. I wanted to be just be a reader aside from my blogging activities live my passion. A few of my book buddies recommend Bright Side to me. I was apprehensive to start because of the subject matter of the books but I jumped in with both feet! What I didn't expect was to be floored by the characters and story line that took a hold of my every emotion. I breathed and LOVED every syllable of  both Bright Side and Gus. I fell in love with everything they resembled ~ Friendship, living, loving each other and loving what we are given, the moments, embrace life and enjoy the people around us. I can't recommend these reads enough they touched my heart and everyone should take a chance on them. 

Then I talked to Kim and found out how humble, caring and lovely she is so we wanted to share with you a little bit about her and how she got the inspiration to write Kate, Gus and the gang. 

Enjoy xoxo 

1. We feel as readers like we now Kate, Keller, Gus and Scout but especially Kate like she's our real friend. She was such a heroic friend, can you tell us what inspired you to write about her and the story and then how Gus came about?

I started writing Bright Side because I want to write a story about the most believably positive woman I could. Kate is the person I want to be when I grow up. And Gus. My dude. When I finished writing Bright Side I thought I was done with the story. But I couldn't get Gus (the dude) out of my head. The rest is history.

2. Music is important to you to write, does that come from a period of your life or someone, and have you any favourites?

Music is everything to me. It fuels my life. It inspires me in all things, but especially writing. It's pure emotion and that feeds directly into my books. I always liked music growing up, but I remember when I was in eighth grade I was at my friend Bob's house. He played "Close To Me" by The Cure for me and it was like an epiphany. I fell in love with music that day and I never looked back. My favorite band is Sunset Sons. LOVE THEM!

3. Do you think Kate and Scout would get on?

I have no doubt Kate and Scout would be the best of friends. I love them both.

4. How did you take the aftermath of releasing Gus?

Gus's release was like nothing I've ever experienced (or could ever imagine) in my life. Intense, insane, heartwarming, surreal - there's really not a perfect word to describe it. It was all of those things and more. I'm still reeling a week later. The outpouring of love and support from readers fills my heart. It's been absolutely beautiful.

5. What do you do to relax?

Relax? What's that? Wink, I don't get much down time. I love to read and in the summer I like to ride my bike.

6. We were wondering if you have any other plans for Keller and if not how do you see his future?

I'm happy with the way Gus ended for everyone. Never say never, but I don't see another book for Keller at this point. I like to think he's exactly where he needs to be to raise Stella to be the lovely woman I have no doubt she'll blossom into. Keller is a great guy. A lot of love for him.

7. What kind of books do you read? Can you tell us a favourite maybe?

I read a bit of everything. The past few years New Adult is my favorite though. Colleen Hoover, John Green, and Rainbow Rowell are my favorite authors and have been for some time. I admire and adore them. I also read Seth King's The Summer Remains a few months ago and that book hit me like nothing else has in a long time. Beautifully written. He's a favorite, too.

8. Do you have any favourite movies?

My favorite movie is Sixteen Candles. I've loved that movie FOREVER. Jake Ryan has my heart and always will.

9. Is there a person (famous or personal) that you have looked up to & made you think about life and where you are today?

There are a lot of people I look up to and admire for different reasons. I'm a firm believer that the people in our lives are there for a reason, to help us become the person we are meant to be. With that being said, Colleen Hoover is my hero. Not only is she a kickass author, but more importantly she's just an amazing human being. Her kindness and generosity knows no limits. She inspires me to be better in all ways.

10. What made you write such unconventional heroines and simple rather than a billionaire story for example?

Anyone who knows me, knows I'm a simple, simple girl. It makes life easier and forces me to focus on what's important. I like to write characters I can relate to, otherwise they wouldn't be believable. Don't get me wrong, I love to read about people I can't necessarily relate to, but I don't have the imagination to pull off writing them myself. So I keep it simple. Because simple is my mantra.

11. Gus was such a free spirit and had a heart of Gold what inspired you to write about him was there a source?

Gus is my fantasy dude. Pure and simple. From his job, to his appearance, to his personality. Fantasy. Dude.

12. What's your favourite food?

Food = tacos. Drink = coffee.

13. Is there a particular place where you go to write??

I sit in bed with my laptop and write 99% of the time. It's the only place I feel comfortable writing where I can really get out of my head and into my character's. I have to write when no one else is around, I can't be creative when there are distractions.

14. How did you begin your journey of being an author? What is your first book (published or not)?

I always wanted to write a book but didn't start writing until I was in my mid-thirties. That book, All of It, took four years to write. Months would go by where I didn't touch it. It wasn't a priority, but it was fun to play around with here and there. I had no idea what I was doing (still don't really). Somehow I managed to publish it. And by then my love of writing came on strong and I started Bright Side. That book was my heart and everything I loved poured onto paper. I discovered what putting your soul into words felt like. And it feels amazing. There's nothing else I would rather do than write.

15. If you weren't a writer what would you rather be?

I'm actually an accountant who writes. I work Monday, Wednesday, and Friday in oil and gas accounting and write on Tuesdays and Thursdays. I always thought I'd make a decent high school English teacher (like Keller) but I never finished college, so that didn't exactly work out.

16. If you have to choose one character of your books to be who would you choose?

Easy. Kate. She's my hero.

17. What is the ONE book you would carry with you all the time as your "bible"?

My favorite book is The Catcher in the Rye. I've lost count of how many times I've read it over the years. It's the first book I ever read cover to cover in high school. (I hated reading back then.) It's the first book that sparked something inside me that I found relatable. It's a timeless book and gets better every time I read it.

18. And lastly what's up next for you?

I've started a new project. It's top secret at the moment - don't want to jinx myself by telling anyone about it. We'll see where it goes.

Some of my favorite things: reading, writing, the two coolest guys on the planet (my husband and son), my bicycle (my husband built it for me), Facebook (I'm fairly certain it's an addiction at this point), iced coffee (hazelnut), and music (LOVE Sunset Sons, the 1975, Dredg, the xx, Balance and Composure, Teenage Bottlerocket, and 30 Seconds to Mars). I also love dreaming, which brings me to my next point. I have one bit of advice for anyone reading this ... follow your dreams. It's never too late. Get started today ... heck get started RIGHT NOW! I wanted to write a book 20 years ago. Instead I waited. And waited. I should've been writing. But I didn't. I don't do regrets, because the past is just that, the past. But let me tell you there's nothing in the world like achieving something you've dreamt about for years and years. So, get started. Make your dreams reality.

I love to hear from other readers. Send me a message or find me on Facebook and tell what's up in your reading world.

Seventeen-year-old VERONICA SMITH has it all: a loving family, a funky car named Jezebel, and a plan to go to college after graduation. On the first day of senior year, she meets DIMITRI GLENN--a mysterious transfer student with gray eyes and a mischievous smile who seems determined to win her heart. But there's something odd about Dimitri, leading Veronica to wonder if there's more to him than meets the eye. Before long, she finds herself in a whirlwind romance that seems too good to be true--until a series of devastating events leaves her questioning everything. It's not until she chooses to think with her heart instead of her mind that she can rise from the ashes to learn the truth of their connection.

Everyone has one.
Some are bigger than others.
And when secrets are revealed,
Some will heal you ...
And some will end you.

Kate Sedgwick’s life has been anything but typical. She’s endured hardship and tragedy, but throughout it all she remains happy and optimistic (there’s a reason her best friend Gus calls her Bright Side). Kate is strong-willed, funny, smart, and musically gifted. She’s also never believed in love. So when Kate leaves San Diego to attend college in the small town of Grant, Minnesota, the last thing she expects is to fall in love with Keller Banks.

They both feel it.
But they each have a reason to fight it.
They each have a secret.

And when secrets are revealed,
Some will heal you …
And some will end you.

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The journey that began in top-rated, best-selling Bright Side, continues ...

This is the story of Gus.
Losing himself.
Finding himself.
And healing along the way.

“ … but the honest-to-God truth is I don’t even know how to function anymore. Bright Side wasn’t only my best friend; she was like my other half ... the other half of my brain, the other half of my conscience, the other half of my sense of humor, the other half of my creativity, the other half of my heart. How do you go back to doing what you did before, when half of you is gone forever?”

Teaser made by Amy Donnelly

Teasers made by Katy

Press the picture to join, this is a CLOSED group full of lovely down to earth people that believe in Doing Epic every day. Everyone's positive and they got me through Bright Side and Gus, but they do share teasers and spoilers so be aware of that. 

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  1. I really enjoyed reading this Q&A with Kim! :) Those were great questions which I was curious about too! I pray and hope Keller will have his own story someday! I'll hang on to Kim's "never say never" for now! I have the same birthday as Kate on Oct 28 and I like to think of her as my fictional twin sister. She's my inspiration and hero to DO EPIC and BE BRAVE! Thanks for the giveaway on your Facebook page! I would really love a signed copy of Gus to hold, sniff, love and treasure on my bookshelf! Shared and tagged as many book friends I know! I also gifted a copy of Bright Side to a book friend who hasn't read it yet. Doing everything I can to spread the love for Bright Side and Gus! ♥ ♥ ♥

    1. Yay, I'm so happy you loved it! I asked questions I wanted to know and thinking lots of others would love to know too... I'd totally be up for a Keller book or Evan a novella too... So happy you loved Gus! Kate is my favourite heroine period #DoEpic #BeBrave Dude ~ Katy Xoxo