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Kathy Holmes grew up in Southern California near Disneyland and the beach with a book in one hand and a transistor radio in the other. She began writing stories about family and wrote her first song with a childhood friend. They called themselves the “Screamie Birds.”

Books have always spurred her love for travel, especially to places she’s read about, and location is often a character in her books.

After an exciting career in Silicon Valley, she is now combining her love for both books and music at Screamie Birds Studios. You can find out more about her books and music at http://www.kathyholmes.net.

Website: http://www.kathyholmes.net

Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/screamiebirds

Inside the book

Nikki Durrance escaped the worst nightmare of her life when she fled Las Vegas for San Francisco, leaving her abusive husband Jeff behind at the Blue Diamond Saloon. Rebuilding her life in San Francisco with the help of her closest friend Sally, Nikki draws the line with one thing: men. But when she accompanies Sally on a business trip back in Las Vegas, Nikki meets Dr. Mike Fischer, a sexy and desirable pediatrician also from San Francisco.

After a whirlwind courtship followed by a proposal, Nikki panics and jumps on the nearest cruise ship to Mexico. Realizing she must face her fears rather than run from them, she returns home and accepts Mike’s proposal. Life picks up even more speed with Mike’s plans and Nikki panics once again, imagining that everything Mike does mirrors her ex-husband Jeff. Attempting to sort out what’s real and what’s not, Nikki begins to question everything, including her sanity when everything with Mike feels like déjà vu.

Amazon → https://amzn.to/32vYGZV

 Barnes & Noble → https://bit.ly/33yNop4

Interview:

Would you call yourself a born writer?

Yes, I started writing short stories about my family in elementary school, dabbled with writing fiction, and wrote a song with a childhood friend. I was so curious about how books were printed, and my questions were answered when I got to tour my first print shop with my junior high Journalism class.

What was your inspiration for Déjà vu at the Blue Diamond Saloon?

Actually, the first chapter came to me in a nightmare when we were living in Florida. I woke up, heart pounding, sweating, and knew I had to write it down. When we moved to Las Vegas, I saw this place called “The Blue Diamond Saloon” and I knew I had to write the story with a Las Vegas setting.

How long did it take you to complete the novel?

It might have been a couple of years because after living in Florida, we lived in Oregon briefly before being relocated to Las Vegas for my husband’s job. I dabbled with it a bit in Oregon with an Oregon setting but changed the location to Las Vegas once we were there. I released the book first on Kindle and have now just released it in paperback

Are you disciplined? Describe a typical writing day.

These days I’m also writing and producing music, so my daily schedule varies as far as what I’m working on. But I usually get up around 7 (or earlier if the cats wake me up), have coffee with my husband before he leaves for work) and then head out to my writing and music studio. I’m blessed to have a casita (separate building) set up for my studio so I can immerse myself in my books and music. My most productive working hours are from morning coffee until lunch. I usually have a short nap and then head back out to the studio in late afternoon for another hour or so until my husband gets home. I tend to get a second wind in the afternoon, maybe because early in my publishing career, I worked swing shift for a graphics/printing company for several years in San Francisco. I still love the smell of a print shop in the fall.

What did you find most challenging about writing this book?

Deciding on the ending was challenging with this book. I usually write the beginning and the ending right away, but I wasn’t sure for a long time how it would end, who would be the bad guy, etc.

What do you love most about being an author?

I have a rich internal life, being an introvert and people-watcher, both good qualities for a writer. So writing, for me, is the joy of being in the company of strangers. When I spend too much time creating music, I start to miss them.

Did you go with a traditional publisher, small press, or did you self publish? What was the process like and are you happy with your decision?

I’m a bit of a hybrid—I have published with small publishers, and independently, depending on the book and the situation. My first book found an agent and a small press, but they soon went out of business. So I then self-published it and discovered the joy of independence. Since then I’ve published with other small publishers and independently.

This book was published independently. I have to say, I love being an Indie Author, retaining control over the book. The downside is it’s a lot of work, either doing it myself or obtaining the services of others such as editing and cover art. But I have a background in technical publishing in Silicon Valley, so I have a lot of experience formatting, editing, and other production tasks.

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