Emma Holly

Emma Holly

Bio

Emma Holly lives in Minnesota where the winters are long and people will use any excuse to warm up. According to Emma, humanity’s best inventions are hot showers, the printing press, coffee, chocolate, and bicycle shorts for men. She can be reached at emmah@wavetech.net or P.O. Box 2591, Minneapolis, MN 55402-0591.

Emma Holly

Emma Holly

Books

Emma Holly
Lauren Dane
Megan Hart
Bethany Kane

Q&A

The heroes and heroines in your books are so varied and well fleshed-out. How do you come up with your characters? Do you ever draw inspiration from people in your life, or do you mostly rely on your imagination?
Well, thanks! I’m glad you’ve enjoyed them. I’m not completely sure how I come up with my characters—one of those mysterious gifts from the creative muse, I suppose. I do know I get to “know” them better as I write. None of my characters are based on real people, though I admit to stealing traits here and there. I rely on my imagination a lot, and on my understanding of human nature. That just comes from life, I think, and from keeping my eyes open!

How did you develop an interest in the paranormal? What are the differences between writing paranormal romances, historical romances, and modern erotica?
Since I was a kid I’ve loved the idea of magic and other worlds, so I guess you could say I just never grew up! In a paranormal romance, there’s more leeway to use my imagination and make things up, but—just as I do in my historicals and contemporaries—I still like to research the underpinnings of the story. So, for instance, Victorian England and the Forbidden City in China became springboards for the world-building in PRINCE OF ICE. For me, the fantasy just works better when there’s some real foundations.

Did you always want to be a romance writer? What books and authors have inspired you?
I always wanted to be a writer. Ironically enough, I fell in love with writing romance when I was in college, studying literature. After plowing through all those gloomy, highbrow books, I realized I couldn’t live without a HEA! Susan Johnson was a big inspiration for what sort of romance I decided to write. I loved the way she combined really sexy stories with really romantic ones.

What is your writing/research process like? What is the most challenging part of being a romance writer? What is the most rewarding?
Depending on the book, I research for about a month before I start writing. This is my woolgathering phase, where I discover the possibilities of the stories I could write in whatever period or setting I’ve chosen. It’s pretty much fun, like playing and working at the same time! Plus, I love any excuse to buy new books.

The most challenging part of being a romance writer—or any kind of writer, I suspect—is dealing with personal insecurities. The most rewarding is feeling pleased with what I’ve created. At its best, writing really is a magical process. I feel very lucky to be able to make a living playing make believe!

What makes you feel sexiest? If you could create a new identity for yourself as the heroine of one of your romances, what would your character be like? What setting/era would you like to live in?
Hm, not sure I can answer that first question in a public forum! Every heroine I create is someone I’d like to be in one aspect or another. I mean, if I can’t love and admire her, how can I expect anyone else to? My favorite setting/era to live in is right now. I’m very fond of the modern world!

Series

Penguin Hotline