Guest Author Meghan Holloway
I am happy to have Meghan Holloway as my guest today. Thank you, Meghan, for joining
me on my website.
Meghan, can you tell us about yourself and your background?
What do you currently do outside of writing?
Thank you so much for having me, Jess. I found my first Nancy Drew mystery in a sun-dappled attic at the age
of eight and subsequently fell in love with the grip and tautness of a well-told mystery. I flew an airplane before I learned
how to drive a car, did my undergrad work in Creative Writing in the sweltering south, and finished a Masters of Library and
Information Science in the blustery north. I spent a summer and fall in Maine picking peaches and apples, traveled the world
for a few years, and did a stint fighting crime in the records section of a police department. I now live in
the foothills of the Appalachians with Aidan, my standard poodle, and spend my days as a scientist with the requisite glasses
but minus the lab coat.
What books have you written, and what are their
genres? What audience are they aimed at?
suspense thrillers, both contemporary and historical. My upcoming May release, "ONCE MORE UNTO THE BREACH",
is a historical thriller set in WWII in the wake of the liberation of Paris in 1944. I am thrilled to share this story with
everyone. The protagonist is an ordinary man drawn into extraordinary circumstances, and I think the tale will appeal to a
wide audience, to fans of historical dramas, literary fiction, war and military fiction, and mystery thrillers.
"Rhys Gravenor, Great War veteran and Welsh sheep farmer, arrives in Paris
in the midst of the city's liberation with a worn letter in his pocket that may have arrived years too late. As he follows
the footsteps of his missing son across an unfamiliar, war-torn country, he struggles to come to terms with the incident that
drove a wedge between the two of them.
Joined by Charlotte Dubois, an
American ambulance driver with secrets of her own, Rhys discovers that even as liberation sweeps across France, the war is
far from over. And his personal war has only begun as he is haunted by memories of previous battles and hampered at every
turn by danger and betrayal. In a race against time and the war, Rhys follows his son's trail from Paris to the perilous streets
of Vichy to the starving mobs in Lyon to the treacherous Alps. But Rhys is not the only one searching for his son. In a race
of his own, a relentless enemy stalks him across the country and will stop at nothing to find the young man first.
The country is in tatters, no one is trustworthy, and Rhys must unravel the mystery of his son's wartime actions in the desperate
hope of finding him before it's too late. Too late to mend the frayed bond between them. Too late to beg his forgiveness.
Too late to bring him home alive."
What prompted you to write what you did? Where do you get your writing inspiration? What message(s) do you want readers
to take away?
I have always been fascinated by the WWII era, and one of my goals as a writer has been to write a novel set during
the war. Frankly, I did not expect to write the novel so early in my author career, but a friend challenged me to write a
piece of flash fiction set in the war. That piece of micro-fiction grew into a novel that I cannot wait to share with you.
I grew up hearing my
grandparents’ stories from the war. My great-uncle was a medic in the European theatre, and I made the mistake of asking
him for his stories only once. His eyes welled with tears, and he stood up, walked out the front door, and disappeared for
the rest of the day. My grandparents’ stories were of hardship and sacrifice and courage. My great-uncle’s silence
told of the utter horror of the war—grim, countless tragedies that still resonated in the mind decades later. Those
stories, and perhaps even more so my uncle’s silence, inspired me to explore that era in fiction.
But regardless of the era or setting in which I write, I am always
exploring the human condition, the labyrinth of the mind, and the grittier side of our existence. "ONCE MORE UNTO
THE BREACH" is a tale of war and loss, but also one of family and hope. It is about the love we have for those closest
to us, the ease with which we can wound the people we care for the most, and the lengths to which we will go to seek atonement.
Do you write short stories, articles, or have a blog? Where can we find them?
I do keep an occasional blog called A Necessary Fiction, and in the months leading up to the release date for "ONCE MORE UNTO THE BREACH", I will be writing articles
for some different online media sources. The best place to find notifications of any new content I post on my blog or elsewhere
is my Facebook and Twitter page.
What do you find the hardest about
writing? The easiest?
I think the most challenging
part of writing is the business side of things. Being an author is very much a small business endeavor. The product is my
book, but there is a lot of marketing involved in selling that product. I am an introvert by nature, as I think many writers
are, and it is hard work putting yourself out there, building a following, and putting in the legwork to sell your product.
Comparatively, the easiest part is the writing itself, particularly the editing process. Revising is my favorite part of the
writing process. It is where the story becomes a novel. The most rewarding part is certainly the connection with readers that
being an author facilitates. I have made so many friends through social media in the reading and writing community, and I
am planning on attending some conferences in the next year to carry those friendships over face to face.
What’s next for you after "ONCE MORE UNTO THE BREACH"?
My next novel is already written.
I am finishing my personal edits on it before turning the manuscript in to my publisher. I cannot say much about this story
yet, but it is entitled "HUNTING GROUND". I can tell you that it is a contemporary thriller set in a fictional
town just outside of Yellowstone National Park, and it will be releasing in the spring of 2020 from Polis Books. It is a very
different story from "ONCE MORE UNTO THE BREACH", but I am incredibly excited about this story and hope
those who loved my WWII story will follow me into the realm of contemporary thrillers while I work on my next historical novel.
I will be sharing more about this story in the latter part of the year.
What special thing about yourself would you like to share with readers?
am particularly passionate about libraries and adult literacy programs. My grandmother was forced to leave school at the age
of twelve, and though she never received any further formal education, a love of reading sustained her. The local library
provided her with books that her family could not afford, and she always attributed a literacy course she took as an adult
to opening the world of books to her even further. I think it is imperative that we support the libraries that provide so
much support to society.
How can we follow or contact you?
I would love for you to join
me on social media. My website is www.meghanholloway.com, and you can find me on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram under the handle @AMeghanHolloway.
Where can readers
buy your books?
"ONCE MORE UNTO THE BREACH" is available for pre-order now on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, IndieBound, and The Book Depository in paperback with the e-book pre-orders coming soon.
Thank you again for the chance to talk about my writing and my upcoming book on your blog.
Next month, I will be interviewing
Author, Tory Gates.
Until then, Salve Atque Vale! Hail and Farewell!