- How did you hear about Anaiah Press?
My first introduction to Anaiah Press came as a result of a Twitter pitch contest. I took a chance and pitched my novel, now titled The Christmas Angel in Apt. 3C. Happily, Anaiah Press editor Kara Leigh Miller hearted one of my pitches for the novel.
- Do you have any strange writing habits?
I like to write my first draft longhand in pencil. I don’t stop to edit during this first pass so as not to impede the flow of the work. It is only when I begin entering the work into my computer that I start editing.
- What book do you wish you could have written?
I would love to have written A Tree Grows in Brooklyn. Betty Smith wrote such poignant characters. Once you read about them, they never leave your heart.
- What authors have inspired you to write?
Betty Smith, Louisa May Alcott, Harper Lee, and Amy Tan are among the writers who have inspired me to write.
- Are you a plotter or a pantster?
I think I might be a plantster (part plotter, part pantster). I do a rough sketch of a plot before starting to write, but then I give the story leeway to go in a different direction if it must.
- Is anything in your book based on real life experiences?
Some of the situations, locations, and backdrops in the book are based on my experiences growing up in New Jersey.
About Holly Cohen:
Holly Cohen lives in Southern California with her beloved husband, whose sense of humor she treasures. They are blessed with two wonderful sons and a daughter-in-law they adore. Holly is a grateful Christian, who loves spending time with her family and friends. When she’s not writing, she enjoys reading, creating, riding waves, and hiking. Her secret talent is extracting stuffed animals from claw machines.