Welcome! Thanks so much for this chance to find out a little about you. What do you think makes a good story?
Solomon famously said that there's nothing new under the sun. While true, millions of things, thoughts, and themes exist for writers to pick and choose from. Putting old things together in new ways creates an exciting story. To make it "good," captivating characters are also needed. The characters can make or break a story. They must be interesting, perhaps quirky, and yet be relatable to readers. A theme that inspires or intrigues us is the last thing needed.
The best stories, then, are those with fresh story lines, peopled with appealing characters that inspire or intrigue.
Plotter or Pantser? Why?
I'm a planster. To have a outline, to know the direction I'm moving in, and to know the themes I wish to explore are all important to keep me focused. However, during the writing process, if my characters lead me down new paths (and they always do) I follow. Thus I'm a plotter following after my characters when they take a detour. Hence, I'm a planster.
Do you listen to music while writing? If so what?
Yes. I listen to a variety of music. I try to pick music that complements my story. Some of my favorites while writing Moonbow were Beethoven's 5 Secrets, Do or Die (which I feel perfectly captures the mood of the book), A Thousand Years, and I Will Wait.
As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?
I loved animals, especially dogs and horses, so, of course, I wanted to be a veterinarian. My second choice was writer. I read voraciously from a young age and wanted to create my own worlds.
Sherlock and The Big Bang Theory
Do you have any suggestions for beginning writers? If so, what are they?
Read widely and write intently.
Are the names of the characters in your novels important? How and why?
Yes. I consider them Easter eggs–something for readers to unearth.
Do you have any special routines or rituals?
Not really, beyond pouring a cup of coffee and opening my laptop. I would like to have rituals but rituals mostly involve tools of the trade. For example, artists can pull out paintbrushes and arrange them in a special way. The only thing I need is my laptop. Popping it open, flexing my fingers, and typing doesn't quite seem to be a ritual.
Entice us, what future projects are you considering?
I have three projects in the works:
· Rise, Write, Shine which is a compilation of my blog posts on writing
· Thunder's Shadow–the last book in my In the Shadow of the Cedar series
· Misconception–the sequel to Moonbow
All of those are in some stage of development. Also on the horizon is a sci-fi book about an alien invasion that leaves only a small band of children unscathed.
Do you have a favorite quote, quip, or saying? What is it?
I don't have a favorite although I have many that I love. Here's one I like:
What's talent? I don't know. Are you born with it? Do you discover it later on? The basic talent is believing you can do something. ~John Lennon
Author: Sheila Hollinghead
Published: December 17th, 2013
Publisher: AltWit Press
Word Count: 65,000
Genre: Inspirational Romantic Suspense
A widow, a doctor, an unborn child. Three lives are at risk in this high stakes suspense. Die Auserwahlten, the Chosen Ones, have impregnated Gisa with an embryonic clone. Is it evil or just a child? It's up to Dr. Rayden Brooks to untangle the web that keeps them captive and save their lives. But will Gisa trust him?
Sheila Hollinghead, an army brat, was born in Nuremberg, Germany. When she was ten, her father was stationed in Toul, France where she discovered a treasure trove of books hiding in the furnace room. The house was rumored to be the former headquarters of the Nazi Party with bullet holes decorating the foyer as evidence. The books, sci-fi, mysteries, fantasy, and the classics, opened her mind to the power of story. Today, she is married and lives on a farm in south Alabama with dogs, cats, and chickens. She agrees with Emily Dickinson who said, "I know nothing in the world that has as much power as a word. Sometimes I write one, and I look at it until it begins to shine."
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