Katherine Holmes has worked with small press publishers and as a self-published indie author. Learn more about her impressions of both processes, as well as which marketing method she believes helps indies the most.
1. Give me the “elevator pitch” for your book in five to ten sentences.
Winner of Prize Americana, Curiosity Killed the Sphinx and Other Stories is a collection of short fiction exploring the complexities of life. Laying the profound beside the mundane, author Katherine L. Holmes creates rich and complicated characters who search for identity, meaning, and purpose within a world often dangerous and sometimes even cruel. Her readers relate to such struggles and find comfort as they face similar challenges of their own.
A couple clashing with early computers, a divorced woman finding her scattered family to be strangers, a girl running away to the shop where her parents’ antiques were sold, Midwestern college students in weather and water emergencies – these are some of the conflicts examined by the author. Past solutions tempt these characters as they consider contemporary choices.
2. Why did you become an indie writer?
Short story collections are difficult to market. I entered the Prize Americana contest and won. I was awarded publication by a small press publisher, Hollywood Books International. I’ve published poetry and fiction in journals and believe in the small press process.