Sunday, February 26, 2012

My Playlist

I have been pestered and prodded and poked at to make this playlist, and so I have. I write fantasy, romance, mystery/thriller, and young adult, and these are just a few (a very few) of the songs that inspire me to write what I write. If you have read my books, you may recognize a few of them. Those that have graced the list and my books are those that hold a special place in keeping my sanity on track. Enjoy! 



Track Name
Everything You’re Breathing For
The Parlor Mob
And You Were a Crow

Shake it Out
Florence and the Machine

Call to Arms
Angels and Airwaves

Should’ve Known Better
Sick Puppies

Erase Me
Kid Cudi
Man on the Moon II: The Legend of Mr. Rager

Art of Dying

Vices and Virtues
Something Corporate

Make Me Wanna Die

The Pretty Reckless

Light Me Up

Old Man

Redlight King

Something for the Pain

This Is What Rock N Roll Looks Like

Porcelain Black

This Is What Rock N Roll Looks Like


Black Veil Brides

Set The World On Fire


The Decemberists

The Crane Wife

You’re A Wolf

Sea Wolf

Get To The River Before It Runs Too Low

Rebel Love Song

Black Veil Brides

Set The World On Fire

A Little’s Enough

Angels and Airwaves

We Don’t Need To Whisper

Midnight City


Hurry Up We’re Dreaming


Kravinsky feat. Lovefoxxx

Drive Soundtrack


Breathe Carolina
Time Of My Life

*For a full list of songs, check out my playlists


Interview with Author Holly Hood

Today I would like to introduce you to a dear friend of mine. Growing up together I had the pleasure (and the pain) of getting to know her. Whether she was dancing her butt off to 80s teeny bop music, scaling refrigerators in record time, or terrorizing the neighborhood with locust shells, I have seen the lighter and darker sides of her, as well as the shades in between, and I love them all! I can tell you from first-hand experience that she is a character full of wit and grace and good humor, all of which reflect in her writing. From the start of her popular series Wingless, to her latest Perfectly Hopeless, I have been with her every step of the way as she labored for hours trying to birth these creations that have a tendency to wrench an exquisite range of emotion from its readers and all I have to say is…You go girl! I am so proud of you!
I give to you Mrs. Holly Hood.  

Who are you? What do you do?

Who am I? I am a girl with the hopes and dreams of a teen just moving to Hollywood in hopes of super-stardom. I do many things; some of those include bossing around my children, cleaning, cooking and rock climbing on my down time. Maybe not the rock climbing, but hey, a girl can make things up. I’m a laid back, quiet person. My favorite color is purple—used to be green. It’s really hard for me to describe myself.

Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?

Yes. I was a very bored child. I spent days trying to entertain myself when I wasn’t playing with friends. So, on my down time I created these imaginary worlds where I could be whatever I wanted. This blossomed into writing it all down on paper. It was an escape.

What inspired you to write your first book?

That would be the vampires. I was at home watching this crazy fad take hold of the world. And me being the stubborn girl that I am, crossed my arms and said I could do that, but in a whole different way. That’s when I came up with the story Wingless. It was a book with a forbidden love, sure. But the love wasn’t a hopped up sparkling vamp with depression issues, mine was a troubled grim reaper with life issues.

How did you come up with the title?

That’s a really good question that I have no answer for. I named the book before I wrote it. And then I found it went with the title. Go figure. I’m weird like that.

How much of the book is realistic?

*looks over shoulder* There are a lot of parts that pertain to some aspect of my life in all my writing. I won’t say which ones or anything, but most times it’s just how I would feel or handle a situation in fantasy land. (I’ve been told that place exists. I just need the map to find it.)

What is your writing process? Do you follow a regular routine?
Oh how you make me laugh. Yes! I do. I write every day, and when I don’t write I am editing or thinking about a new story or one that is close to finished. I go through withdrawals, start twitching and have night terrors if I can’t release the creative demons that live inside my brain. It’s scary stuff.

What motivates you to write?

Everything. When I am mad, I write. When I am sad, I write. All emotions make me want to create a new world. I can watch TV or a movie and BAM! An idea hits me. I can see someone on television and a million ideas just jumped at me. I love that.

Are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?

I’d say they are made up. I like creating really screwed up worlds for my characters. I like pushing them to the brink of insanity. It’s fun.

Do you have a specific writing style?

Yeah, it’s called the I-write-first-and-ask-questions-later writing style. I don’t believe in change. That’s why I am still rocking the same 70s hairstyle. (Side note: I wasn’t even born in the 70’s so this is a lie). I think your first run should be what you go with in a book. I write it, sometimes I plot things out, but for the most part it’s what comes to me. I usually write in first or third. And I have to have music playing when I am writing, but not during editing.

Do you ever suffer from writer’s block? If so, what do you do about it?
No, I had my doctor write me a prescription. *grins* I hate to say this, but no. I don’t even know what that is like.

Do you see writing as a career?

It was what I was meant to do. I believe that. So that would be a big fat, yes.

What are your current / future projects?

Current project is getting Gypsies back on the market. Doing a re-vamp. Then I am hoping to finish Boonville. And also get Ink 2 out there before the end of the year. I also started another series, Love Hurts, and I plan on writing that book soon too.

Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it?

Yes. I learned that people actually like my writing. And I learned what passion means. I found mine the day I realized other people enjoyed my stories.

Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
Yes. I want readers to see that people are strange. People are messed up and I want them to cry. I will allow a bit of laughter, I find it’s acceptable to let them laugh occasionally in my books. But my main goal is to leave them haunted by my stories. If I can have someone thinking about my story long after they read it, then I did my job.

If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
My latest is Perfectly Hopeless. And that would be a no. Sure, sometimes my endings are hard and I struggle with them, but I really like the way it turned out. So that would be a no.

What was the hardest part of writing your book?

I would say murder. It’s always hard to kill anyone that means something. Other times I am like Christian Bale in American Psycho dancing around to “It’s Hip to be Square” as I bludgeon my characters. *laughs evilly*

Do you have any advice for other writers?

Do they have any for me? What about an even trade? You can’t get something for nothing, can you? Write every day. Forget what you think is cool, or what others think is cool and just write from your heart. If you don’t have a heart, write from your esophagus. Put yourself in your characters shoes, close your eyes for a moment, envision the moment, you will be surprised what you can come up with. And lastly, don’t take it so seriously, it’s writing, it is supposed to be fun. If it wasn’t, then you should do something else, like shaving buffaloes in exchange for cracker jacks.

What book are you reading now?

I’m not reading any book right now. If I was that would be kind of rude. I am doing this interview for you. But before this I was reading Fifty Shades of Grey. It’s a book unlike any book I ever read, but I am really into it. I plan on reading the other two as well.

Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?

Poe, because he had this darkness about him. When you read his work you’re sucked into this dark, haunting place. A place where you want to leave, but at the same time you want to be there. Every time I read his work, I wonder what he must have been like in real life.

Name one entity that you feel supported you outside of family members.

Entity? *runs for the dictionary* Booze and gambling….no, my friends. I have two great friends, Brandi, aka the angel of darkness and all things punk, and Katie, aka Red. They both love writing and there is no better people than them two to support me.

Finally, do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?

I want to say…thank you. Thank you for reading and putting up with my mentally unstable imagination. Thank you for the support!

And there you have it folks! A glimpse into the quirky ramblings of a mentally unbalanced woman in obvious need of professional intervention, who brings to the table wonderfully creative works put together for your entertainment.
Somebody call Dr. Spaceman! (pronounced Spa-che-men) Mrs. Hood needs her meds...

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Author Interview for Katie Hughart by Holly Hood

I would like to welcome author Katie Hughart to our blog today. She has recently released her first book, Panic. And I am happy to introduce her to all of you. If I had to pick a few words that described Katie's writing style those would be, gripping, real and heartfelt. Katie takes the reader along for the ride, within her book is a world of emotion and moments that really build the story. You feel what the characters do, every move they make creates even more life in the story.

Enjoy the interview!

1) Who are you? What do you do?

My name is Katie Hughart, and I’m a mother, wife, writer and self proclaimed creative mastermind. I’m currently a student at a local college and I’m working on my second full length novel. Panic is my first novel and it is in the suspense / romance genre. When any writer puts a story on paper they leave an essence of themselves on the page. I believe with Panic I left a piece of my very being there for the world to experience. In my next series I am delving into the world of Paranormal Romance / Sci-fi, it was unexpected, but after Panic, a completely main stream book, my mind took a few turns into other dimensions and I haven’t returned since. (lol)

2) What is your writing process? Do you follow a regular routine?

At any moment I’m writing 10 books at a time, but I’m always focusing on one. I will get idea after idea for new books, or ideas for the books that I’ve started. I will jot these idea’s down and come back to them later. I have more idea’s for books than I could ever write! I get these thoughts randomly by hearing a song, seeing a picture, or just seeing a person that inspires me. I don’t have a regular routine, my routine is to write as much as possible— every day when it’s feasible.

3) What are the most important elements of good writing? According to you, what tools are must-haves for writers?

This question made me think, because I don’t usually think about the must haves that I need, I simply write; but once I gave it some thought, I rely heavily on my laptop, printer, paper, ink, pencils pens, resource for publication, etc. If I was left in a room with nothing but a piece of paper and pencil, the only thing that I would really need would be the creativity that God has blessed me with. If I didn’t have that there would be no need for any of the other stuff. I believe the most important element of a good story is a GOOD STORY! I don’t want a dry boring story from start to finish—no one does. Start telling me a story and then let it unfold, and if the story doesn’t make me smile, laugh, cry, or slam it down in a heated display of frustration because the protagonist is being downright irrational, then why write it? Why read it?

4) What motivates you to write?

Life motivates me to write, nature, beauty, death, joy, sorrow, sex, magic, all of these things inspire me. A picture, a song, a breath, if someone truly feels life they are motivated by life itself. Everything that sustains my life inspires me to create. If I didn’t create, I would wither and die, so my motivation for creating is life.

5) Do you ever suffer from writer’s block? If so, what do you do about it?

I do suffer from writer’s block and I get frustrated with my flow at times. Sometimes it feels like the story is flowing through air and I can hardly type fast enough to get the words on the page before they’re gone, but sometimes I feel that it flows through mud, and I have tug and pull and yank my thoughts out and when I finally get them I have to wash them off and make them clean again.

6) Do you have any advice for other writers?

My only advice to other writers would be to write and never stop. I read once that a child who creates an art project looks at that project and is happy regardless of the outcome. The project is special because the child created it. So love your creations and grow, so that you can one day develop into what you were truly meant to be without the expectations of the world on your shoulders.

7) What is the message in your book? What are your readers’ reactions to it?

I wrote Panic after my dad died. Sometimes I feel that my dad’s spirit was guiding me to my purpose in life. The message behind Panic is that life sucks and sometimes you get a happy ending and sometime s you don’t, and sometimes you are stuck somewhere in between. The only way to survive the blows life throws at you is to take them and keep getting up again, and to never give up, even when you don’t see the rainbow at the end of the storm, trust that it is there.

8) Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it?

I learned so much from Panic that I wouldn’t even know where to start. One thing I learned from Panic is that I am a writer. Now and forever I have found my place in life and very few lessons can rival the lesson that brings you your destiny.

9) What are your current / future projects?

Now that Panic is finished I will be working on the first book in my upcoming Wilderness Series, Wolf’s Run. It is a paranormal/ romance about a girl who falls in love with two wolf spirits from another dimension. I’m running free with this one and the sky is the limit on creativity. I am also working on a YA novel about a head strong girl, who uncovers a secret that she never expected, and ends up involved with the very guy running the whole operation. I’m working on a sequel for Panic and that’s about all I can fit in my schedule right now. I will have my hands full developing these idea’s into amazing books that will hopefully take a lot of readers and suck them in.

10) What book(s) / author(s) have influenced your life and writing?

I started reading Helen Keller in the third grade and it was the first book that I couldn’t put down; and right before junior high I was hooked on the fear street series by R.L. Stine. As time went on and my reading taste matured, I read V.C. Andrews, and then Nora Roberts, Danielle Steel and Stephanie Meyer.

Twitter @ khughart

Katie's first book, Panic, is available on Get your copy today.

I’d also like to share my favorite quote because I feel the person took the words right out of my mouth.

"The truly creative mind in any field is no more than this: A human creature born abnormally inhumanly sensitive. To him a touch is a blow, a sound is a noise, a misfortune is a tragedy, a joy is an ecstasy, a friend is a lover, a lover is a god, and failure is death. Add to this cruelly delicate organism the overpowering necessity to create, create, create - so that without the creating of music or poetry or books or buildings or something of meaning, his very breath is cut off from him. He must create, must pour out creation. By some strange, unknown, inward urgency he is not really alive unless he is creating." ~Pearl S. Buck

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Review of Fifty shades of Grey

Fifty shades of Grey by El James

Review by Holly Hood

Rated: 4 out of 5 stars

I finished the book.

I know I would have finished a lot sooner if I had the time. The book for me was really good. I won’t say great because I had some minor issues. But I couldn’t give it less than four stars because the overall story was a great one. I love dysfunction in books. And this story had that for sure!

Fifty shades of Grey is not a book that I would have ever thought of reading. I have seen the cover everywhere. It’s not even the content that scared me away. I just never was attracted to the cover or had it jump out at me. The reason I finally said what the heck, was by accident when a woman on Goodreads said she was reading it and how much she loved it. This made me look closer, and seeing all the listopia votes about Christian Grey, I had to take a chance. I like great characters.

The story was very raw. So much so you felt like a perverted fly on the walk taking in things you really shouldn’t. Sometimes I was shaking my head and confused why I was into this book. A lot like Anastasia I suppose.

The one thing this book does is create a character that you can’t help but love. Everything about Christian tells you to run away. You couldn’t fall for a person like this, but it’s his soft side that is buried deep that slowly comes to the surface as Ana and him get to know each other. I was dying to know why he was the way he was and what she could do to fix it. By the end of the read I wanted to hug him and make things okay, which he would hate.

The story was great, I loved every chapter. I think the pace was killer. Everything unfolded just the way I wanted it to. The one thing I was wishing for seemed to evolve as the story went along. And this kept me happy.

As for any complaints, my only ones was the sometimes cheesy wording when it came to the sexual acts. Maybe it’s just me, but normal people don’t talk in that way. I like the wording to be believable and there were time I didn’t feel what she said to him or vice versa.

I also think I could have done without a lot of Anastasia phrasings. They seemed to occur time and time again. I think those could have been switched up a little.

I thought the inner goddess was funny for the first fifty percent of the book. But after awhile she just got old. Soon I found myself wishing Ana would borrow some of Christian’s rope to bound and gag her so she would shut up. I get it was probably the authors way of letting us see inside the mind of Ana and her thoughts on this strange lifestyle she was partaking in, but it got old.

The ending was a punch in the face. It shattered my heart. It was so real and emotional, I loved it! Now I am dying to start the next.

The author has really created a story that is more than just sex. Some might be shocked, but if you really read this book you will see it’s more than that. This book has so much going for it. You won’t be disappointed. If you are looking for a character that you love to hate, I would say give this book a shot. Although I didn’t ever hate Christian I felt for him. But he did have a very very dark side.

Anyone sensitive to sex in books steer clear, because this more than just average sex. This is way beyond. But if you want a story that keeps you reading and sweeps you off your feet in a really bad way, then this is the book for you!

Great job!!

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