What is your writing process? Umm, I write pretty much whenever I can fit it in. I let the stories flow naturally. I don’t choose paths ahead of time. The characters let me know where they want to go as I write.
Who or what influences your writing? Lots of things—stores and people I pass on the street, a history tidbit I read or hear about. I work closely with Kelsey Keeton, my photographer and cover designer, and she provides a lot of interesting images from the cover shoots she does for me. She’s definitely a visual muse for my books and scenes.
What do you consider your best accomplishment? As a writer? Pressing publish. Sharing with the world something I’ve held very dear can be scary. Although, it’s also empowering.
How have personal experiences influenced your writing? I prefer reading cozy books that have a little mystery, love, friendship, and supernatural twists. The thing is, I didn’t see a lot of those on the market, so I took a chance and wrote something I would want to read when I created the Sage Springs Series.
What’s the best thing about being an author? Sharing books with readers. Funny how that’s also the scariest part for me. Getting to hear from readers who love the characters and stories I create is amazing.
Which authors inspire you? Sarah Addison Allen’s too cool for words. She’s the tops. I also enjoy Michael Buckley’s imagination and Brandon Mull’s creativity.
What is your favorite genre to read? Write? I love to read cozy mysteries. LOVE them. So far I’m sticking with the cozy part and writing cozy coming-of-age stories. I wouldn’t mind writing a few books about women in their early thirties before long. They’ll probably still be cozy and have a few twists.
What is the hardest thing about writing? Working in writing time. I have a lot going on as a mom, wife, and editor, so I’m working on finding more of a balance.
What is your favorite quote? “You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough.” —Mae West
What advice would you give to your younger self? I wouldn’t. Haha. I think I did what I was supposed to do to get to the place I am today. I wouldn’t influence young Hollie. I’d let her make her choices.
What would you like to say to your readers? You rock. Seriously, I’m so lucky to have people want to read things I write. Thank you for supporting me and loving the Sage Springs crew.
Hollie Westring is from Kansas City, Mo. She found a job at a publishing syndicate after working as a journalist right out of college. She worked with comics, astrology columns, word puzzles, and feature columns for six years. Although she enjoyed her time there, Hollie decided to leave the nine-to-five world to join the twenty-four/seven world of motherhood. Now she edits books from home. When not writing, editing, or reading, Hollie can be found baking cookies or working word search puzzles. She enjoys supernatural tales more than the average person.
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