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Author and illustrator J.D. Holiday is the host of ‘The Authors' Words’ & ‘It's Story Time’ on Book Garden Radio at Blog Talk Radio: an international children's Reading Story Radio Show for children.
She has three children's books out: ‘Janoose the Goose’, ‘The Spy Game’, and a chapter book for six to eight year olds, ‘The Great Snowball Escape’.
JD has had a chapbook of her short stories called, ‘Trespasses’ published in 1994 and she has had short stories printed in literary magazines and numerous articles about writing and publishing published.
Find All JD's Books at: www.amazon.com/J.D.-Holiday/e/B002G1GOKQ/
What makes you proud to be a writer from Paterson, NJ? I was born in Paterson, NJ and can trace my family history back to when Paterson was a village, in 1792 when Alexander Hamilton founder it making if America's first industrial city.
What or who inspired you to become a writer? When did you begin writing with the intention of becoming published? In 1983 I started writing when a friend asked me to read a few pages from a historical romance she was writing. I told her what I thought about it and she asked me to help her write the book. We did finish it and sent it to an agent who was kind and sent the manuscript back with a detailed account of what was wrong with it. My friend went on to other things while I found that I loved writing and did not want to stop. I’ve been writing for years now.
Did your environment or upbringing play a major role in your writing and did you use it to your advantage? Yes it did. My father wrote every weekend for as long as I can remember. He worked on his dream to be an author typing on an old typewriter at the dining room table. Though I never thought of writing myself while he was alive.
Do you come up with your title before or after you write the manuscript? Sometimes a story will start from a title idea. Mostly though, it's while I'm writing the story that I come up with a title. There have been times when I finished the book before I decide on one.
Please introduce your genre and why you prefer to write in that genre? I write mostly children stories. I have a lot of stories from my childhood to tell.
I also love writing short stories. I like getting a great deal of details into them.
How many published books do your have? I have three children's books published.
What was your inspiration, spark or light bulb moment that inspired you to write the book that you are seeking promotion for? The inspiration came from my brother, Ike. Ike's dog Sheeba had puppies. He ask me to take this one puppy he named, Sidney Reilly after a spy series he and I watched together. At the time I had a dog and didn't think my older dog would be happy with a new addition.
My brother felt sure this dog was for me and he kept it with that in mind. When the puppy was 11 months old, my brother died of a heart attack, AND Sidney came to me. I was wrong to think that my dog, Snoopy and Sidney would not get along. They did, in their own way. In The Spy Game Eddie's Uncle Reese who is modeled about my brother, brings Sidney to Eddie's house to live.
What has been your most rewarding experience with your writing process? Sending my book files off to the printer and the satisfaction of having done it myself.
Have you had a negative experience in your writing career? If so please explain how it could have been avoided? When Print On Demand came along and made it affordable to get books into print, I decided to go that way being tired of waiting to find a publisher. When my first book was almost ready I got everything in motion. Flyers to be mailed to newspapers, bookstores, libraries, and letters to accompany the review copies of the book were all ready to go. I thought the galleys would look great but when it came, it were a mess. Pages where the pictures were to cover the entire page with the text embedded in the pictures were on half the page with lots of white space around them. The text ran through the pictures and out of the pictures into the trim off area. I tried working with the POD Company but they said the book was finished. I then worked with the Better Business Bureau and got my money back.
I don't know how this experience could have been avoided. I look at it a bad learning experience.
I know authors who have had good luck with some of these services. I was not one of the lucky ones going this way and decided I have to learn what there was to know to have my books printed and became my own publisher.
What has been your most rewarding experience in your publishing journey? Having children tell me how they like my books.
What one positive piece of advice would you give to other authors? To make sure you edit manuscripts many times. So important.
Who is your favorite author and why? Mary Stewart is my favorite author. I loved her love stories combined with mystery.
Can you tell us your future writing goals/projects? I have many stories written or started that need to be done. Right now I am working on a collection of short stories I have written for adults that will be in a book called Short Stories and Other Imaginings For The Reading Spot. And I'm doing pictures to a sequel to my first children picture book, ‘Janoose The Goose’ called ‘The Fall Feather Fair’ co-written with my grandson when he was 6 years old. Luke is now 8.
Is there anything else that you would like to share with us? I am also the host on ‘It's Story Time’ & ‘Halo Kids Tales’, children's reading radio shows, and ‘The Authors' Words’ on the Red River Radio/Book Garden Radio at Blog Talk Radio. The shows are a free promotions for authors. I'm also a member of The Society of Children's Book Writers & Illustrators.
A picture Book. The Spy Game Eddie would love to have a puppy to play with. A puppy would pull on a rope. Catch a ball and lick your face. But his Uncle brings Eddie an older dog named about a famous spy. What can you do with an old dog? It probably couldn't learn new tricks, and the only thing this dog did was stare. It's what they find to do together that makes them the best of friends!
J.D. collection of short stories for adults
Stories And Imaginings For The Reading Spot
Author J. D. Holiday’s Websites Links
Home page: http://jdholiday.blogspot.com/
About J.D. Holiday: http://jdholiday.blogspot.com/p/about-jd.html
The Spy Game: http://jdholiday.blogspot.com/p/the-spy-game.html
The Great Snowball Escapade: http://jdholiday.blogspot.com/p/the-great-snowball-escapade.html
Janoose the Goose: http://jdholiday.blogspot.com/p/janoose-goose.html
JD's Artwork: http://jdholiday.blogspot.com/p/jds-artwork.html
JD's Author page on Amazon http://www.amazon.com/J.D.-Holiday/e/B002G1GOKQ/
Author J. D. Holiday’s Blog Links
JD's Writers Blog http://jdswritersblog.blogspot.com
Fun sites for kids: http://jdholiday.blogspot.com/p/fun-sites-for-kids.html
Works in progress: http://jdholiday.blogspot.com/p/janoose-fall-feather-fair-and-short.html
Author J. D. Holiday Websites For Writers
Tips on self-publishing: http://jdholiday.blogspot.com/p/tips-on-self-publishing.html
Author J. D. Holiday Blog Talk Radio's Show Index