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Interview with Lisa McCourt Hollar

Interview with Lisa McCourt Hollar


> What inspired you to start writing

I’ve been writing since I was in 4th grade when my teacher, Mrs. Dock, would hold writing contests. She gave away a prize and I remember I couldn’t stop grinning when I won, once. There were other teachers too that encouraged me to write, but somehow over the years I moved away from it. Then I had kids and I started writing again, stories for them. I would write fairy tales where they were the Princesses and they enjoyed that. Then one day I entered a writing contest and even though I didn’t win, I got mentioned. It was a horror contest and I had such a fun time writing the story that I have been writing horror ever since.

> Are you dressing up for Halloween?

I’m not planning on it. My kids are though. My daughter is going as Vampire Snow White and my son wants to be a zombie. I think somehow I am a bad influence on them.

> Is there a genre you would like to try that’s different?

I think I’ve tried a lot of different ones, so I don’t know. I love sci fi, but I’m not very good at writing it. I’ve always said I’m not an erotic author, but I have found that when I write vampires, there are some things that slip in to my writing that surprises me. I even had a friend tell me that he thinks I could be, if I wanted. I might want to try steampunk someday, but I need to read more of it.

> Could you live without coffee?

Don’t drink it, so yes.

> What came first the chicken or the egg?

The chicken.

> What’s your favorite thing about the writing process?

Writing. And the zone I go into. I don’t plot anything out, sometimes I have an idea where I am going, but that can change while I’m writing. I love being surprised when my characters do something unexpected.
> Three facts about you?

(I asked my daughter to answer this for me)

I’m scary,
I’m protective of my kids,
I love chocolate.

> Do you believe in UFOs?


> What was your favorite snack growing up?

Whoppers (malted milk balls)

> Would you rather have fame or fortune?

You mean I can’t have both?

> Pick one book that is your all time favorite?

The Count of Monte Cristo
> Embarrassing guilty pleasure?

Chocolate. I would sell my soul for it.

> Are you an introvert or an extrovert?

People that know me on line would be surprised, but introvert.
> Favorites:
> Muppet – Miss Piggy
> Cartoon growing up- Scooby Doo
> Color- Purple
> Type of Monster- The one inside my head.

> Do you speed when you drive?

Yes. I have tickets to prove it.

> Your thoughts on Self Publishing.

It’s a wonderful thing, even with all the terrible books out there. Now the readers get to decide what they want to read and more writers get the chance to realize their dream.
> Your thoughts on Zombies.

Love them. I can’t wait for the zombie apocalypse.

> Do you believe in the Loch Ness Monster?


> Are you a tweeter, a re-tweeter, or you couldn’t care less about Twitter?

I tweet and re-tweet.

> Would you rather sit on a porch with sweet tea {insert other beverage
> if tea isn’t your thing} or go hiking with a bottle of water and a
> smile?

Sit on the porch with a cold Diet Mt. Dew. I did a lot of neighbor watching this summer while my kids played outside. You see and hear some interesting things.

> Your favorite type of music


> Your favorite color of Skittle

> Your favorite memory

My Grandma.

> Your favorite quote

Only boring people get bored. My mom used to say this to me all the time and now I say it to my kids.

> Your favorite way to spend an evening

With my family.

> Tell us what you are working on now!

My novel, The Legend of Graystone Manor, (I am way behind on it,) A novella about a Cannibal Lunch lady, (School lunches always seemed suspicious) and several short stories. I also have two zombie collections coming out this month, No Zombies Allowed and Undead Ahead: Zombies, a collaboration between my husband  Jeffrey Hollar and myself.

> Anything you would like to say to the aspiring authors reading this blog?

Don’t ever let anyone tell you to stop writing. I have seen a lot of that around the web and it infuriates me when I see someone who should know better complain about other writers and say they should quit. Indie publishing is about getting rid of the gate keepers and letting the readers decide and there seem to be some that want to put the gatekeepers back up. Don’t let them. Follow your heart, work on your craft, never stop trying to improve your writing and never let anyone tell you that you can’t live your dream.

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1 Response to Interview with Lisa McCourt Hollar

  1. Wendy Howard

    Great interview, Lisa. Love the quote on boring people.


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