You may have noticed from my recent posts that I have become a fan of certain author from Yorkshire. Keeley Holmes, author of the Serendipity Series, has never failed to impress me with her romantic saga. Each set of characters more relatable than the last, and the hot and steamy moments remind me what I’m missing! I got the chance to catch up with the wonderful woman herself, and we discussed the world of words!
So Keeley, can you tell me a bit about yourself, and what you do?
It’s always really bizarre to me that people want to know something about me. What can I say, I’m from West Yorkshire, I love chocolate a little bit too much, (but I’m dairy free, so make that Moo-Free Chocolate!) and I’m shy, but once you get to know me, I’m a nutter! Full time, I work in a school, the rest of the time I write and read.
Northern Lass, I have a partner in crime! Also who isn’t a bit too much in love with chocolate, dairy free or your classic bar of Cadbury’s! So when school work isn’t on your mind , writing consumes you. What inspired you to start writing?
I’ve always written, from as young as I can remember. I did work experience when I was 15 in a Publishing House and they published my first book! It’s dreadful, all about a girl with a glass eye (Sigh), but I loved it, and when Harry Potter ended I wanted a book that I would LOVE. I didn’t find one, so I wrote it.
I’m intrigued by the girl with the glass eye! I love your mantra, you couldn’t find what you wanted , so you just did it yourself! I definitely understand, my own mantra is ‘I couldn’t find the job I wanted so I made my own’. So who inspires you to write? Have you got any favourite authors/books?
I can’t have favourite books, it’s like picking a favourite child! They all have their own unique quality. I’m currently reading ‘Blizzard’ by Cambria Hebert, which is amazing. I have several books on my kindle so when I’m not writing, I’m reading! I do have favourite authors though. Nora Roberts being the top one! I absolutely love her, Harlan Coben too. I think I would cry if I met Nora, and I shook like a leaf when I met Harlan! I have too many inspirations, life situations, the world. I think authors are bloody brilliant at what they do, and we challenge one another to be better and really give our readers the bets we can. It’s such an amazing world to be in.
I always have my nose in a book, so I am definitely going to add those to my “Must Read List”! If you had to, what would you say is your favourite part of being an author?
I love making people smile, laugh, cry with the books I’ve written. There’s nothing better that the feeling you get when someone tells you you have made a difference, or that you’ve helped them relate to something. For me personally, I write for my readers, I want them to enjoy it.
You have definitely made me feel a whole array of emotions. I have laughed, cried, gotten angry at some parts.you really know how to touch people with your stories. I have always found a relatable element in each segment. As well as being relatable, you incorporate some serious storylines that aren’t taken lightly, and really showcase the complex issues that surround people’s lives. As a writer myself, I tell anyone that is thinking of starting a blog to be true to themselves, and use their own voice. What would you say to any aspiring authors out there?
Write everyday! Whether it’s crap or not, write it. From a sentence to a paragraph, or whatever, just write and enjoy it! Don’t apply too much pressure to yourself, there are so many out there in the world already, enjoy it!
Thank you so much to Keeley Holmes for being a sport, and taking time out of her busy schedule to answer some of my questions!
Her latest instalment of the Serendipity Series, Cupcakes and Chaos, is out now!