About Holley

RWA 2013 National Conference Recap (Sorta. More like a ramble.)

I feel like I’ve earned the privilege of wearing a T-shirt that reads “I survived RWA 2013 Nationals.” I’m POOPED, y’all. Since this was my first national conference, I didn’t know what to expect. Sure, I’d read recaps from last year and watched some YouTube videos but you don’t really get a feel for the Read more of this post »



“We are the world,” says my casts.

I don’t generally know what my casts are going to look like until I get into the meat of a book. The plots are like movies that play out in my mind, and when a new person comes on-screen, I’m seeing them for the first time. Sometimes, I’m sort of unclear about what a character Read more of this post »



I miss the boat.

I’m not firing on all cylinders right now. Had a fantastic cruise vacation in the Caribbean and came home to a foot of snow. Oh my God, Colorado. IT’S APRIL. Much more of this and I’ll be on the first thing smoking back to North Carolina, y’all. While I’m on the subject of humid places Read more of this post »



90% converted.

You know, when ebooks first started becoming the “thing” I was one of those Luddites who refused to buy into the technology. I wanted to hold books in my hands, dammit! I wanted to be the first to crack the spines and bend the pages back. Reading, for me, was a visceral experience wherein much Read more of this post »



Renaissance: Over.

I’ve always considered myself a bit of a renaissance woman. I like exploring new hobbies and becoming proficient at them. Some, I let fall off over time (like knitting). Others stick with me. I’m a pretty good cook. I grew up with my grandmother and we were usually pretty broke. Most of the time, what Read more of this post »



The f-word. (Filing!)

True story: back before I reinvented myself as a writer, I was an office flunkie. My very first job out of college was as the administrative assistant in an executive recruitment firm (later, I was the “administrative office manager” – that meant I was the lucky duck who put up signs in the bathrooms reminding Read more of this post »



Say ‘hello’ to Big Red.

My first car was cherry red 1990 Chevy Cavalier with manual transmission. It was used when I got it. I can’t say how used without giving my age away (that’s a carefully-guarded secret). I will say, however, that it was so used it was sold without warranty: “Sold As Is” the sticker said. Granny and Read more of this post »



I didn’t make that up.

If my granny knew I was telling you this, she’d crawl out of her grave and pinch the stars out of me. I’m gonna tell you anyway. I spent the vast majority of my childhood living with my maternal grandmother. That’s why grandmothers figure so prominently in so many of my stories. The two-parent/nuclear family Read more of this post »



CO vs. NC 1: Snow

We’ve lived in Colorado for a little over a year now, and I’m still adjusting to how different the place is, not just culturally, but in terms of climate as well. North Carolina is humid all year long. Colorado is essentially a big, high-altitude desert. You don’t have to work that hard to feel the Read more of this post »



This is the dawning of the age of Big Hair-ius.*

My next bunch of female main characters are big hair girls. Nora. Gillian. Shane. Marcia. Daisy**. (Possibly one more depending on whether or not that submission gets laughed out of editor’s inbox.) Why? Because I’m a BHG: a Big Hair Girl. Sometimes. Let’s take a bit of a Holley retrospective. Up until 2008 I chemically Read more of this post »