Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
Hi! I’m Holly Stone. I live, work and write in London. Writing isn’t my day job but I love creating characters enough to do it in my spare time. When I’m not working, writing or parenting I’m reading, day dreaming about my next book and trying to stretch time like elastic!
I love people and chocolate and stories that grab you by the heart and squeeze. Before I became a mummy I travelled to cool places and studied ancient things and danced in heels and drank gin with orange juice. When my kids are grown I am planning to do all those things again, just wearing longer skirts!
I have been writing fiction for the past three years, but have only just worked my way through the process of self publishing. I have two books available on Amazon, that are the first in my erotic romance short story series.
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
DANCE FOR ME (1 and 2) are erotic romance short stories that are themed around dancing (of various forms) as a backdrop.
Book 1 is about an ex-ballerina who has chosen to raise her child rather than follow her career but is awakened by a sexy circus star with seriously hot consequences.
Book 2 is about a stripper who is asked to stop in the middle of one of her private dances by a sad-eyed client. His reasons bring them together for some sexy therapy.
The blurbs are beneath as a teaser!
Book 1 – The note said DANCE FOR ME.
Annabelle McKenna hasn’t danced since her daughter was born, but when Nikolay Novikov – elite circus artist – challenges her to perform for him in his hotel room she wants so badly to accept.
She used to dance for thousands. Can she dance for just one man?
Book 2 – “Stop, don’t take it off.”
Andrea’s a stripper so she’s used to men telling her to hurry up and take off her clothes. So when her dark haired, sad eyed client tells her to ‘stop’ before she slips off her bra, she thinks she’s done something wrong.
At the end of her shift he’s waiting outside to explain why, and his reasons change everything.
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
I write at my kitchen table, mostly in the evenings when my kids are sleeping. I have most of my ideas in the morning though. I can’t ever explain where they come from. Mostly it feels like the characters slip into my head to tell their story.
What authors, or books have influenced you?
I am a crazy-prolific reader, averaging about three books a week. There are so many amazing talented authors out there, but I would say Cara McKenna, Ruthie Knox and Charlotte Stein for erotic romances, Robin York and Kristen Callihan for New Adult and Maggie O’Farrell and Deborah Moggarch for more traditional fiction. Oh, and C.D. Reiss. I just finished her latest book Coda and it was hot.
What are you working on now?
More in the DANCE FOR ME series. There will be ten short stories in all, all linked by characters. The one that is currently open on my desktop is set at a wedding. Ailee has been told she’s a terrible dancer by an ex, but Mark – the bestman – wont take no for an answer. It’s funnier than the others which has fascinated me. I never know what’s going to happen. The characters just come to life.
I also have other things marinating on my PC but that I will eventually publish under another pen name as they are in a different genre.
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
I am totally new to this. My book has only been out a day so I am learning as I go.
Do you have any advice for new authors?
Write from your heart. Read like you’re hungry. Use every resource the internet can offer! (I learnt how to make my own book covers from a blog and how to format my ebook from a youtube video!) Back everything up in case of computer failure!!!
What are you reading now?
Hard by Cheryl McIntyre
The Night Circus by Erin Morganstern
Fighting Silence by Aly Martinez
I’m also reading the first few chapters of my friends book which is very exciting.
What’s next for you as a writer?
Just to keep going. I do it because I love it and because I find it cathartic. In a way, I suppose, I put some of my own demons to bed through my characters; those things that I have figured out in my own life or maybe that I am still figuring out.
What is your favorite book of all time?
Impossible to answer. Some linger longer than others. The Five People You Meet In Heaven by Mitch Albom was one of those. And The Hand That First Held Mine by Maggie O’Farrell. I think it depends a lot on your state of mind when you read too. Sometimes the subject matter really resonates.
I’m quite into YA paranormal and loved The Infernal Devices series by Cassandra Clare. There were some touching relationships in that book that made me cry.
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