Today’s guest is Holly Zitting. Her novel, The Wishing Well, was recently released. I love the premise for this book, and the cover is absolutely amazing! Let’s have a look…
While hiding from her tormentors, in a wishing well, Aurora falls into the mystical land of Paradan. A place where fairies, trolls, dwarfs, and giants live hand in hand until King Tommit seizes control of the throne. She is then forced into a marriage with the fiendish king to cement his hold on the kingdom. Cassius, the stable boy, rally’s the kingdom in order to battle for their freedom. While he continues to fight to rescue the girl he has fallen for. Aurora accepts her new future to protect Evver, the fairy that has become her lifeline, and Cassius the boy she longs for. Will they be able to stop King Tommit before the vows have been said? Or will Aurora be forced to live her happily ever after with a monster?
The Wishing Well is now available on Kindle.
Tricia: Hi Holly! Can you please tell us a little about yourself?
Holly: I am a mom of 6 and happily married to my prince of 16 years. I am also an active foster mother. My life is crazy at our “zoo” but I wouldn’t have it any other way. Except maybe a nap or two. Between playing taxi and taking care of it all I am finally pursing my passion, writing. My free time is spent with my family enjoying the beauty of Oregon.
Tricia: When did you begin writing?
Holly: I started writing when I was young. It began as mostly poems or short stories and even a few song lyrics. Then I became a mom and thought my time for it was gone. It wasn’t until my youngest was a baby and I was up for the 10th night in a row that I decided to sit down and write. My teen daughter found my ramblings the next morning and loved it. Each night I would write a little more and soon The Amulet was born. Since then I can’t get enough. My mind is constantly racing with stories. I keep a notebook with me at all times so I can jot down my thoughts and stories.
Tricia: Can you tell us about your most recent publication, The Wishing Well?
Holly: The Wishing Well is my twist on a modern fairy tale. Aurora is trying to escape her bullies when she hides in a wishing well. It’s her sacred haven and when the bucket breaks she is sent down the well into a land called Paradan. Everything is foreign to her; part of her wonders if she is dreaming. She learns to trust, forgive and love. All things she didn’t do in the real world. She is handpicked to marry the sitting king. He is a monster and she loves another, yet she is willing to go through it to save the fairy child she has grown to love as a sister, and the boy she loves. Cassius has less than two weeks to stop the wedding while praying that King Tommit won’t find the only magic left in Paradan, the wishing well.
Tricia: How did you get the idea for the book?
Holly: It’s funny. This summer my teen daughter had her best friend up to visit for a week. We were heading somewhere and the song “Call me Maybe?” came on for the 3rd time that day. There is a line in the song, “I threw a wish in the well,” I looked back and saw these two girls I loved signing with joy and it hit me.
Tricia: Can you tell us about your first novel, The Amulet?
Holly: The Amulet is the one that started me on this journey. It’s Emma’s story. She was adopted at birth and decides to search for her birth parents. She is led into a world of magic, love and ancient prophecy come to life. The Council believes she is the Amulet. The Amulet will be more powerful than all the witches. Now the Wicked want her and so does the Council. She meets James, the mayor’s nephew who has his own secret, and Simon her guide sent by the Council. Emma has many decisions to make before her 18th birthday.
Tricia: Which novel was the most challenging to write? Why?
Holly: I would have to say, Infinity (book 3 of The Amulet Prophecy). Wrapping up Emma’s story was difficult. I didn’t want her story to end and I had a hard time knowing when to say good-bye.
Tricia: Do you have a favorite character?
Holly: I love Emma from my book The Amulet. She is so much like me. I too had a very popular BFF and never felt like I was good enough. Her insecurities mimic mine. I put so much of who I am into her. Not to mention she is my first main character. 🙂
Tricia: Which authors have inspired your writing?
Holly: Wow! There are so many. I believe I get inspiration from everyone I read. I have my own style and have learned from others that you need to write from your heart.
Tricia: What projects are you currently working on?
Holly: Right now I am working on edits for Talisman (book 2 of The Amulet Prophecy) and writing A Dragon Scale (book 2 of The Paradan Tales). I also am mid-way thru a book about a fallen Guardian angel.
Tricia: What has been your greatest accomplishment as a writer?
Holly: Not giving up! It is so easy to get discouraged and want to quit. I have the best cheerleaders in the world (my family). They believed me, when I didn’t believe in myself.
Tricia: Where would you like to see yourself in five years in terms of your writing career?
Holly: In five years I hope to have a following of loyal fans. I want to be able to write the stories I love and have people enjoy them.
Tricia: What advice would you offer to new or aspiring authors?
Holly: Don’t give up!! It can get very discouraging, yet the payoff is worth the headaches. Write a little every day. Tell the world what you’re doing. Talk to people, strangers included. You never know when you’re going to make a friend and potential fan.
You can learn more about Holly Zitting and her novels by visiting the following links: