25 responses to “Author interview no.149 with writer Holli Castillo

  1. Patricia Gligor

    October 7, 2011 at 2:22 pm

    A great interview!
    Reading it, I think I figured out what I need in order to promote my novels: a big, strong hunk of a man who, although physically intimidating, is a kind, sweet soul! Just kidding. 🙂
    But seriously, Holli’s novels sound intriguing. I’ve been to New Orleans twice; both times were before Katrina. I love the city; it’s magical. Since I especially enjoy reading novels set in locations I’ve been to, I’m going to have to put Holli’s Crescent mystery series on my list of books to read.

  2. morgenbailey

    October 7, 2011 at 2:29 pm

    Thank you Patricia – hopefully Holli will come by on Sunday when your interview goes live. I’ll let her know you left a message, I’m sure she’ll be delighted.

  3. Marilyn Meredith

    October 7, 2011 at 2:46 pm

    Hi, Holli and Morgen,

    Great interview as always. Because I know Holli I could hear her voice and her wonderful New Orleans accent as I read it. (Sorry, Holli, I had to mention your accent it’s so wonderful.) And Morgen, I always read your questions and answers and hear an English accent.

    Loved learning even more about Holli and her writing–love her books, by the way.


  4. morgenbailey

    October 7, 2011 at 3:20 pm

    Thanks Marilyn – you might like to listen to my podcasts, then you really hear my English accent 🙂

  5. Holli Castillo

    October 7, 2011 at 4:25 pm

    Patricia, if you were local I’d loan you the hubby sometimes–he does do a fairly good job!

    Marilyn, I still think it’s everyone else who has an accent, dawlin’.

    Morgen, thanks for the interview. You do such a great job of making people sound interesting and fun.


  6. morgenbailey

    October 7, 2011 at 4:37 pm

    “sound interesting”? are authors not always interesting and fun… er, no, OK I take your point… and you’re very welcome. (maybe you should start rent hubby out – Patricia as a free trial) 🙂

  7. Carol Crigger

    October 8, 2011 at 2:48 am

    Terrific interview, Holli, and Chocolate Justice sounds great. I envy you your supportive husband. Morgen, another great question and answer session, just like two people are sitting down together and talking.

  8. morgenbailey

    October 8, 2011 at 8:34 am

    Thank you Carol – the authors keep coming (I’m especially excited by no.200!) so I keep chatting – you think I’d have a sore throat by now. 🙂

  9. Sunny Frazier

    October 8, 2011 at 5:27 pm

    What hit home with the interview (and I know Holli very well) is that she approached the rejections like she handles a court case: she evaluated, increased her knowledge base with the class online, recognized her amateur mistakes and corrected the manuscript to make a sale. So many writers cannot understand THIS IS A BUSINESS. As acquisitions editor for Oak Tree Press, I’m often stunned by some of the queries I receive. And when an author insists the book has to be 100,000 words, I simply can’t roll over and give them what they want. Every page costs $$$.

    I just wish more authors were as grounded as Holli. When I hear others whine about how hard life is for them to write, I think of Holli on crutches promoting her book like the superhero she is.

  10. Marja McGraw

    October 8, 2011 at 6:25 pm

    Again, a terrific interview. I’ve read Holli’s first book and I’m working my way through a stack of books to the second one. Knowing Holli’s background, a person can’t help but admire her. Very good!

  11. J. R. Lindermuth

    October 8, 2011 at 6:56 pm

    Excellent interview. But, then, Morgen always seems to draw the most out of her guests.
    Holli’s perseverance is inspiring.

  12. G Thomas Gill

    October 8, 2011 at 7:17 pm

    Holli, we have poetry and mystery writing in common, and I loved the interview. Best of luck with the series.

  13. Ted Druch

    October 8, 2011 at 7:25 pm

    Great interview. I could relate to so much, but I think that when you finally come down to it, most fiction authors work in pretty much the same ways when it finally comes to putting down the words. I especially liked her mentioning that the characters often like to go their own ways. My feeling is that the more trouble you have keeping your characters in line, the more likely they are to be believable.
    A word about rejections. Maybe I’m just unusually thick-skinned, but I was overjoyed to get my very first rejection. It meant that I was a writer. I was wrong, it takes at least 40. Ask JK Rowling, and a whole slew of great authors. I read somewhere that Animal Farm was turned down by an American publisher because Americans weren’t interested in animal stories.
    I wear my rejections as a medal of honor in the literary wars. Emblazoned upon it is an upraised middle finger.
    Agents suck.
    Anybody know where I can get one?

  14. morgenbailey

    October 8, 2011 at 7:55 pm

    Thank you everyone. I love it when so many people crowd round the fireplace – I can never tell whether it’s a the coal / wood or the body heat that makes it feel so warm. 🙂

  15. Ted Druch

    October 8, 2011 at 8:27 pm

    Maybe it’s all the burning egos.

  16. Augie

    October 8, 2011 at 9:57 pm

    Morgen great interview as always, Holli I loved hearing your voice (and we’ve never met). Thank you for the tips in regards to honing your craft…read…read…read is so important. Thanks ladies for such an intense interview on a personal level. Augie

  17. williamdoonan

    October 8, 2011 at 10:16 pm

    These books look like a lot of fun. I am fortunate enough to have lived in Louisiana for several years (grad school), so I can imagine how much fun it would be to set a mystery there!

    William Doonan

  18. Mary Montague Sikes - Monti

    October 8, 2011 at 10:18 pm

    Interesting interview. I don’t think branding is all bad, Holli. You and your books are recognizable and stand out from the crowd which is a good thing. Thanks, Morgen, for the good, comprehensive interview.


  19. Theresa Varela

    October 8, 2011 at 10:40 pm

    Thanks Morgen- for yet another great interview. Not only did I get a peek into Holli’s very busy life as a writer, amongst many other roles, but I was also treated to a wonderful Writers 101. This one was a keeper.

  20. morgenbailey

    October 8, 2011 at 11:30 pm

    My goodness, this fireplace is getting mighty crowded… thank you everyone. 🙂

  21. Holli Castillo

    October 9, 2011 at 3:45 am

    Thanks everyone for stopping by, and Morgen for hosting me. I was having internet problems all day–finally figured out my antivirus program turned on my firewall program and blocked my access through Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome, even though my e-mail still worked and alerted me to everyone’s comments–so frustrating!!! Thanks to everyone again, and sorry my response was not individual and sooner.

  22. morgenbailey

    October 9, 2011 at 6:47 am

    Hi Holli. Glad to hear you’re back in the land of the living. We’ve been having a great old chinwag and Sunny’s been keeping your seat warm. 🙂

  23. Stephen Brayton

    October 10, 2011 at 9:58 pm

    Way to overcome all those obstacles including agents and surgery. You’ve really learned your craft throughout the years. Congrats!

  24. Holli Castillo

    October 10, 2011 at 11:19 pm

    Thanks, Stephen. I like to say I’m still kicking, just not as high.


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