My Exclusive Interview with Debut Author – Holly Michael

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Welcome to my interview and Introduction of author Holly Michael to the reading public. I’ve known Holly for over two years now and she holds a special place in my heart. We met on IWW (Internet Writers Workshop) where we critted each others work and offered suggestions on making them better. Despite our polar opposite views of subjects and themes ( her books hail from the good side of the universe, mine from its darkest depths) we both courageously helped each other improve as writers and grow as friends. Holly’s debut novel – Crooked Lines – had a very long birth process but it’s one I’ve been waiting a year to see published. Here’s her Author Bio from Amazon ~~~~~

Crooked Lines (2012 ABNA Quarter-finalist) is Holly Michael’s debut novel. She’s been published in various magazines, newspapers, and in Guideposts books. She and her husband, Bishop Leo Michael, regularly travel from their home in Missouri to India. She has a lovely daughter, Betsy, and two sons. Holly enjoys watching football when her sons are playing–Jake (NFL) and Nick (Rajin’ Cajuns).

She blogs @ http://www.writingstraight.com and http://www.indiascrown.com

Coming Soon: Goodness of America: Ten Years After Tsunami. A sample of America’s goodness when tragedy struck in other parts of the world. Reminiscing on the impact of help on the lives of the orphans, then and now, Holly Michael revisits South India.
I’ll Be Seeing You: (ACFW GENESIS 2014 Semi-finalist) In Wyoming’s Wind River Valley, Charlie Willow faces a future more unsettling than the one he imagined upon realizing he was dead. The plan, written into his will, ought to fix his children, but an angel asks for a little more help.

Devotional: Holly Michael and her son, Jake Byrne, an NFL player with type one diabetes, are writing a devotional contracted with Harvest House Publishers.

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Now, lets get to the interview and, after that, please check out her novel and her personal links. If you don’t know her, friend her. She’s a wonderful person to know.

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Hi Holly! Pull up a chair, relax, and tell us about your first novel and what gave you the idea to write it?

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Hello, John. It’s great to be here. Well, Crooked Lines was inspired by accounts of my husband and his priest friends who came of age in a religious order in India in the mid-1980s. As young seminarians, they went through some amazing experiences—serving in the slums of India, meeting Mother Theresa, rescuing youth out of radical communist situations, encountering lepers, and working in orphanages. Some of their stories were also hilarious and had me ROFL-ing! Like when they organized a Community Day in the religious order, setting up a bar and serving drinks dressed as nuns. The story gets even more scandalous, but you have to read the book to find out more. Of course, I fictionalized the stories (some less than others), but I wanted to give a glimpse of how life was in this time and place in India. Sagai is the main character from India. And knowing that while not all people have the same cultural or similar experiences, we are all people with similar hearts, emotions, and feelings. So, I used a character—Rebecca—from the United States who is dealing guilt and grief over the tragic death of her sister. Rebecca is running from God. Sagai is running to God, yet somehow they come of age and grow into adults traveling along similar pathways, while being united through a mutual mentor, Father Michael.

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What’s the best and worst thing about being a Christian author?

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The best is probably being in close contact with The Almighty Boss while writing and feeling comforted knowing that He loves us and His guiding help is there. The worst: God isn’t very popular in the world today, so while there is a Christian market, there is also a big population of readers who won’t read your stuff. I prefer to cross the lines between the secular market and the Christian market so you’re not just “preaching to the choir,” with the messages in my books.

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Your husband is now an Anglican Bishop. How does he help you during the writing process?

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He’s just an overall helpful, kind, and supportive husband who would do anything for me. He’s read every chapter of Crooked Lines and made sure it accurately reflects the life of a young seminarian, priest, living in a religious order in India. While I’ve visited India, I’ve not lived there during that era and experienced what he has, so there would be no Crooked Lines without him.

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What’s been the toughest thing you’ve faced in dealing with writing and/or publishing a novel?

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Learning all the ropes of publishing and marketing. The writing process is time-consuming, but then you have to write the synopsis, blurb, then consider where you’re going next. Traditionally published or Indie? I tried the traditional route for years after Crooked Lines was an ABNA Quarterfinalist. Got an agent, got some exciting rejection letters from big publishing houses, got close, but never could get a sale. Did rewrites, got a new agent, (this time a Christian agent), then did that round of Christian publishers only to find out that the novel doesn’t really fit into any particular publishing market. Finally got tired of waiting for a publisher and decided to self-publish.

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If given the money to do so, what country/city would you love to visit and spend to your heart’s content…and why?

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I’m really blessed that my husband loves to travel and ends up traveling a lot as a bishop. Those seminary friends of his live all over the world, so we have friends everywhere who invite us to visit. We’ve gone to India (of course), to England, Scotland, and all around the United States. Most of the time the domestic travel is church related, but we still enjoy going places and meeting people. If I could go anywhere, just for fun, I’d love to go back to the Isle of Iona, in Scotland. Such a peaceful, lovely place.

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Unfortunately, there’s an adult entertainer out there using your name. What was your reaction when you first learned this fact?

Well…hmmm….yeah…there’s that. I do share my name with a porn star. But I hold onto hope that maybe a porn addict surfing the web will find Holly Michael, the Christian Author, and turn from their wicked ways.

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Why don’t you tell us about a certain member of the San Diego Chargers you really, really love?

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Well, I have a favorite one who is a real cutie! He’s my son! Jake Byrne #81. He’s also a type one diabetic, so I’m quite proud of how far he’s come. And the cool thing is that we have a nonfiction book contract with a major publisher—a devotional. So, that’s also been fun working on that with him. We don’t have a publication date yet, but should get that soon. We are just finishing it.

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Lastly, what’s in the works for your next release and how far away is it from publication?

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I have another book, I’ll Be Seeing You, Christian Fiction, a family drama about a pastor who’s walking an unholy tightrope over spiritual places, his sister who’s not on good terms with God and confused younger brother. They come home after their father’s car accident and must make difficult choices about their dad’s life. I’m going to Indie publish I’ll Be Seeing You, probably in November. I like to show that Christian Fiction isn’t always about bonnet-wearing Amish. And it’s not at all preachy. There are so many genres in Christian Fiction, and some is really thrilling—good and evil, angels and demons.

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Thank you Holly for a lively and enlightening conversation.

Now, check out her novel, support an Indie author, and get a solid, emotional, and ultimately uplifting book for your collection.

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crooked Lines CROOKED LINES

SYNOPSIS — On the shores of Lake Michigan, Rebecca Meyer seeks escape. Guilt-ridden over her little sister’s death, she sets her heart on India, a symbol of peace.
Across the ocean in South India, Sagai Raj leaves his tranquil hill station home and impoverished family to answer a higher calling. Pushing through diverse cultural and religious milieus, he labors toward his goals, while wrong turns and bad choices block Rebecca from hers.
Traveling similar paths and bridged across oceans through a priest, the two desire peace and their divine destiny. But vows and blind obedience at all costs must be weighed…And buried memories, unearthed.
Crooked Lines, a beautifully crafted debut novel, threads the lives of two determined souls from different continents and cultures. Compelling characters struggle with spirituality through despair and deceptions in search of truth.

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BUY LINK —- http://www.amazon.com/Crooked-Lines-Holly-Michael-ebook/dp/B00LZXDTLS/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1406660844&sr=1-1&keywords=holly+michaels

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MY REVIEW

By J.D.Tucker  Format:Kindle Edition
Holly Michael’s Crooked Lines is a novel that defies a set genre. At it’s soul, it’s a religious drama that’s not preachy. At it’s heart, it’s a romance that doesn’t involve two people on earth, but rather their relationship with God.

The two main characters – Sagai and Rebecca – are from different countries, cultures, and mindsets. Sagai is studying to become a priest in a country where violence and hatred surrounds and discourages his faith in a deity that seems to ignore him when he most needs the help. Rebecca is a confused, abused woman dealing with family issues, an abusive husband, and a lack of faith in God.

The chapters alternate between the two, illustrates their ordeals, celebrates their small victories, until their crooked lines finally meet. In the synopsis it tells how Sagai is running to God and Rebecca is running away from religion. Ms. Michael’s words will occasionally bring tears to your eyes, make you clench your hand in frustration, and ultimately lift your spirit by the time you turn the final page.

This isn’t a cookie-cutter novel. It will test your views on religion, lust, faith, and love. Isn’t that what a book should do? 5-Stars.

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