I’m thrilled to welcome Nancy Holder as part of my series of interviews with Bram Stoker Award winners past and present! Nancy was kind enough to answer few of my questions, and I have a copy of her new Teen Wolf book ON FIRE to give away, so be sure to check out the details at the end of the post!
You’re a 4 time Bram Stoker Award winner, including a 2011 win for The Screaming Season and are the author of a jaw dropping number of books (over 30!!). Did you always have an interest in writing? Will you tell us a bit about your journey?
I was always writing stories as a little girl–I wrote an entire fantasy novel in the sixth grade–but I wanted to be a ballet dancer. I’m short and not built like a classical dancer, but I pursued that dream until I had a bad injury. After that I decided to have a normal life with a steady career–and wound up dropping out of grad school twice because I was too busy writing! So it was meant to be.
Most of your novels deal with the scaries in one way or another. What are some things you find truly frightening?
I’m a huge chicken. When I’m writing horror/scary, I watch a horror movie every morning. I made a play list like a menu and select what to watch on what day. But I have to watch them as soon as I get up because it takes me all day to get over them. I can’t watch scary movies at night. They’re too scary! J-horror/Asian horror terrifies me the most. It’s just sooo creepy and it’s usually structured differently from American horror. And I love EL ORFANATO, a Spanish horror movie. The director, Juan Antonio Bayona, was scheduled at one time to direct one of the TWILIGHT movies. I wish that had come to pass!
You’ve written quite a few young adult titles. What do you like most about writing for teens?
When I write for teens, I write about people, same as my beloved Joss Whedon. Adults are just teenagers who’ve been around longer. For teens, it’s about discovery, learning, growing, changing. All potential scary topics!
What are some of your favorite writers?
Some of my favorite writers are: Leanna Renee Hieber, Suzanne Lazear, Gretchen McNeil, Stephen King, and my oftimes collaborator, Debbie Viguié.
If you could read one book again for the first time, which one would it be?
I would reread The Haunting of Hill House, my favorite novel. S-C-A-R-Y. And it holds up beautifully after multiple readings.
I read something about ballet dancing at age 16. Will you tell us a bit about that?
I dropped out of high school to move to Germany to study dance at a German music school (like a trade school for the arts–kind of like our performing arts schools.) My father died while I was gone so I came back and finished American high school, then went back to Germany. But eventually I became a writer!
When you’re not writing or teaching, how do you to spend your free time, when you manage to find some? How do you juggle a busy writing schedule with a busy family?
I cram in work whenever I can. I can’t wait for “the Muse” to pay me a visit. Example: my daughter switched schools and now I have an 80-mile a day commute. So I listen to audio books. That makes the time fly. A good thing about being so busy is that I can’t second-guess myself. I write more from the heart, and that’s a good thing!
Halloween is right around the corner! How do you and your family celebrate?
We just had a spooky sleepover blowout at Disneyland. My daughter’s birthday is October 28th and we look upon Halloween as a season, not a day/night. No one does Halloween like the Holder women!
What’s next for you? Is there anything you’d like to share about upcoming projects or events?
News: I have a lot of cool stuff coming out, including a Buffy tribute book called BUFFY: THE MAKING OF A SLAYER. That’s out in December. I’m part of a new publishing company called GothicScapes. Our first book, UNDEAD FOR A DAY, is out now. And HOT BLOODED, the next book in the Wolf Springs Chronicles series, comes out in December.
Keep up with Nancy: Website | Twitter
About ON FIRE:
DREAMS CAN COME TRUE. JUST NOT THE GOOD ONES.
In Beacon Hills, a mountain lion is blamed for a spate of vicious attacks; Scott McCall wishes the cause was that simple. Unfortunately, hiding his werewolf identity, especially from Allison Argent, while fighting his need to shift, is only one problem. Keeping his mysterious, murderous Alpha off his back (literally), avoiding hunters, deciphering strange dreams about flames and impending doom . . . is really eating into lacrosse practice and hang-out time. So when Jackson Whittemore doesn’t show for his date with Lydia, Scott hopes that helping Allison track down their buddy will be simpler. Derek—whose hunger for vengeance blinds him to the dangers that lie in wait—and Stiles are also looking, but the worried teens’ search is leading right to the preserve from Scott’s nightmare. They aren’t the only ones in the woods, and their little trip starts looking less like a rescue mission and more like an elaborate trap—one that will force them to make the choice between killing and being killed. . . .
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