Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Interview with author Tianna Holley

   Tianna Holley
Atlanta, GA

Good morning, Tianna!  Welcome to Vision and Verse.
Good morning, Carol.  Thank you for inviting me.

What have you written?
Unexpected Metamorphosis is my first release and is the first book in the Alissia Roswell series.

What is your favorite genre to write?
My favorite genre to write is fantasy, because everything can be created in my head.  There are no rules to follow in fantasy.  If I want something, I can easily create it, as long as it flows and makes for a deeper and mysterious plot.  I like to say I play a game with my readers and throw in a lot of unknowns to keep them in suspense throughout my novels.  I don't want them to know what will happen next, and I love to keep them guessing.

What is your favorite food?
Wow, I have so many.  I eat a lot of carbs, so I have to grind my
own wheat and do my own baking.  That way I can indulge in a lot of freshly baked sweets while staying small.  I'm very petite.  I used a blog on healthy baking before my writing became a career, and I do have plans for a cookbook or two in the future.  The only problem is that I have a lot of plans when it comes to writing, so I don't know when I'll have the time to focus on a cookbook.

Where would you like to visit?
Although my husband enjoys big cities, I love adventure and recently toured a rainforest in Costa Rica.  I have so many places I plan to visit one day.  It would be hard to narrow it down.  There's Scotland, Australia, Greece, and Italy.  I would love to bike and tour through each of these countries.

Who is your favorite musical artist?
I am big on variety, and what I'm listening to depends a lot on my mood at the time.  I love the voices o Patsy Cline, Alison Krauss, and Loreena McKennitt.  Toby Mac and Phil Wickham inspire me.

What makes Tianna Holley laugh?
My children.

When did you start writing?
I started writing dark poetry as a tween and during my teen years.

Where do you get your inspiration?Unfortunately, I'm inspired when I'm emotionally in a dark place.  I wrote a lot during my teenage years and then stopped altogether.  There was no plan to become an author.  In fact, I did not know I would write Unexpected Metamorphosis until the week I started typing it.  I had a lot of emotions contained within me, and they needed a way out.   

What do you do when you get a writer's block? I have more of a writer’s procrastination problem.  I don’t enjoy writing scenes filled with a lot of description, and I have to force myself through it.  It took me a full week to edit the ballroom scene in Unexpected Metamorphosis, because I had to research formal gowns, jewelry, and men’s clothing to describe the scene fully.  I would rather write a scene filled with dialogue or action. Who is your favorite author? I am amazed at how much description J. K. Rowling put into Harry Potter, and I greatly admire her.

What is the best book you have ever read?The Bible

Who is the one person who has had the biggest effect on your personal life, and why? I’d have to say my husband.  Some say he’s tamed me, but I believe he’s patient with me.  He rarely triggers my rebellious streak.  In fact, he’s the most patient person I’ve ever known, which can be a blessing and annoying at the same time.  Either way, he loves me enough to put up with me.

If you could sit down and have a conversation with ONE person, living or dead, real or fictional, who would it be and why?
Oh, wow!  There are not many people I follow or feel the need to meet.  Beth Moore inspires me a lot, so I’d probably walk away from her greatly improved. 

What advice would you give someone who aspired to be a writer?  Follow your heart.  If you have a story inside of you, you will not rest until it comes out.  Also, editors are your best friends!

Do you have a cover you'd like to share with us?


Website:  http://www.tiannaholley.comAmazon author page:  http://www.amazon.com/Tianna-Holley/e/B00DVL4N30/ref=ntt_dp_epwbk_0
Twitter:  holley_tianna


  1. Thank you, Tianna, for visiting us this morning and putting up with our minor technical difficulties. The spacer and highlighter had a mind of their own AFTER I pushed the PUBLISH button! Tech probe, aside, you are delightful and we wish your great success in all you endeavors.

    1. Thank you for inviting me to your site and for your Facebook friendship. I often deal with tech difficulties on my blog and understand the frustration. No problem, and I hope the rest of your day is filled with smiles.

  2. Editors are our best friend! Beautiful cover.

    1. I swear, Kat, this has never happened before. The text on the screen looks perfect. I have gone back and retyped parts of this four times.