Jennifer Ann Holt released her second novel, “Discovering Peace,” last month. The book is a story about mistakes, healing, and moving forward.
Placing her baby girl for adoption isn’t the mistake Ally is running away from, but everyone else seems to think it is. As Ally tries to move forward in her life, her past keeps pulling her back, and she wonders if she will ever find true love again. Only holding onto hope can help Ally find the peace she’s seeking.
Holt is no stranger to the adoption process, having adopted two children while battling infertility and a difficult pregnancy that resulted in her youngest son being born three months prematurely.
We’re grateful to Jennifer for taking a few minutes to field questions in the Fiction Fest hot seat.
Yes, although people are telling me that both can be read as stand alone titles, as well.
What role has your personal experience with adoption and infertility played in these books?
I think my personal experience has made the emotions much more realistic. I wanted the story to be very true to life, so I dug into many of my own feelings to help the story mirror reality very closely.
What is your current work in progress?
I have a couple of things I’m working on…a Christmas novella and a general fiction novel for the national market.
What is your writing routine like?
I squeeze in writing whenever I can. I have three children who are in elementary school, and they are my first priority. I usually make time to write while they are at school.
What do you like most about being a published author?
I like that my stories are able to be enjoyed by many people. It’s great to get a note from a reader telling how one of my books helped them through some of their own struggles.
For me, the most joy has come through getting my words down on paper. I had a story in my mind that I was very passionate about telling, and it was great watching it come to life on the page.
Which authors had the most influence on your writing style?
I love the Bronte sisters and Jane Austen. They really influence my writing, and I have to work hard to make my style more modern.
Who would play the main characters in the motion picture version of “Discovering Peace”?
What’s your sure-fire method for battling writer’s block?
Take a break and read something fun.
What advice would you like to offer to aspiring novelists?
Write about something you know and are passionate about. Even if it’s complete fantasy, you should know it inside and out and understand the characters (think J.K. Rowling with Harry Potter).