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Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Interview with Mysti Holiday

Today I have the pleasure of interviewing author 
Mysti Holiday.

 I have to chuckle, generally authors send their
head shot for their interviews, Mysti sent this.
I have to give her bonus points for originality!

J-1.Who is Mysti Holiday?

M- I’m a wife, a mother, a lover, a writer.  
I love imagining things, and have the best ever job: 
thinking about love and its many reflections.  
I’m blessed to be able to stay at home, and 
am able to spend some of that time creating hot, 
sexy women who seduce equally hot, sexy men 
into bed and into love. 
What could be better than that?

J-I can't argue with that!!

J- 2. What genre do you write? Why?

M- Right now, I’m sticking with contemporary.  
I’ve tried historical, but always get utterly hung up on
 the details – I’m a freak when it comes to that and 
I’m terrified I’ll screw something up.  
I’ve toyed with the idea of fantasy or paranormal, 
but for now I’m all about keeping my men and 
women in the now.

J- Hot sexy men in the now works for me!

J- 3. What is the hardest part of writing for you?

M- Figuring out how to make sex integral to the plot.  
This isn’t sex for sex’s sake:  it has to both 
advance the plot and have a reason for happening.  
And in erotic romance, it should happen 
early and often so figuring out how to get the 
characters into bed (or on the floor or against the wall) 
in only a few pages can be a challenge.

J- I can only imagine it would be.  The fact that you 
do manage to do it and keep a plot is awesome.

J- 4. Do you ever have problems with writers block?  
If so how do you get through it?

M- Sometimes – doesn’t everyone?  
Mostly I just force myself to write.  Frequently, 
I’ll either work on  something else, or write a scene 
out of sequence.  Sometimes I’ll write something 
with the protagonists that wouldn’t ever be something 
for the story...maybe I’ll have them shopping for a sofa 
or hanging wallpaper.  
But just writing SOMETHING helps get me over the hump.

J - I'm going to have to keep that in mind the next time
my muse isn't in a working frame of mind.

J- 5. What do you do when you’re not writing/editing 
or thinking about writing/editing?

Wishing I was?  Ha!  I keep absurdly busy... 
I have lots of hobbies that I indulge in, including baking, 
gardening, scrapbooking and photography and more.  
I also have kids (two and four legged) that keep me 
very busy.  Throw a husband who likes to see me now 
and then, and there aren’t enough hours in the day.

J- Toss in editing, promoting and plotting
and it makes me wonder when you sleep.

J- 6. When did you realize you wanted to write?

M- In the womb?  Seriously, I wrote my first novel when 
I was eight, toyed with poetry in junior high 
and headed back into novel writing in high school.  
Tried my hand at writing lyrics for a friend who 
composed music, but fiction always pulled me back.

J- 7. While working on a story, do you directly 
onto the computer or are there notebooks 
and plot ideas jotted down in various places?

M- I usually write directly on the computer. 
Still, there are some times that writing on paper 
makes things work a little differently.  It’s not so 
easy to go back and edit, and can help me 
move forward when I need a kick in the butt.  
Maybe I should have added that to the 
writer’s block question up above!! 

J- 8. From your own writing, do you have a 
favourite story or character? Why?

M-Nope.  I always fall in love with my characters 
as I’m writing them, but by the time they’ve 
gone through edits and I’ve had to read the same 
stuff over and over and over and over, I’m sick and 
tired of them and ready to move on.  
Really, whatever I’m currently working on 
tends to be my favorite. 

J- 9.  Tell us one thing about you we don’t know.

M- I can’t wear the color yellow.  I’ve tried – I love yellow.  

But when I put it on, I want to crawl into a cave and hide.  
And it’s any shade of yellow. I’m a “winter”, so in theory, 
bright, true yellow should look good on me 
(and I’ve been told it does), but I can’t do it.  
If you took away all my clothes and forced me 
into yellow, I’d probably never leave the house.  
Or else I’d go naked.  Seriously

J- If your husband reads this, you
may find your closet full of yellow clothes

Thank you so much, Mysti!!

M-Thanks so much for having me! 

If you’re interested in finding out more, you 
can visit me at my blog and website:

Kasey Davenport and Cole Roberts—adversaries 
since junior high when Cole did nothing but pull 
her hair, snap her bra strap, and tease her 
mercilessly—find themselves unexpectedly 
thrown together when Kasey is in town on a layover. 
As always, sparks fly between them, but this 
time the attraction simmering close to the surface
 explodes into a passion neither of them expected or wanted.

After years of mutual avoidance and denying 
their attraction, can Kasey and Cole stop 
arguing long enough to discover if what 
they feel will last more than just one night?


  1. Hi Jacqueline!! Thanks for having me. I hope some folks will comment, leave questions, etc. I'd love to hear from your readers.

  2. It's great to have you here, Mysti!

    Sorry for the delay in comment, I'm multi-tasking today while at work.


  3. What a great interview!
    I look forward to reading your book.

  4. Rahnas, thanks for the compliment and for stopping by!

  5. Hi Mysti,
    I agree with you, 'there is not enough hours in the day.'
    Interesting interview. I love finding out about other authors.

    All the best,
    Suzanne :)