<![CDATA[V. S. Holmes - Official Site of the Award-Winning Author - News]]>Wed, 16 Sep 2020 14:10:31 -0700Weebly<![CDATA[Writing the Dark Side with Rachael Tamayo]]>Wed, 16 Sep 2020 16:54:29 GMThttp://vsholmes.com/news/writing-the-dark-side-with-rachael-tamayo
V chats with former 911 operator and thriller author Rachael Tamayo, about the incredible keynote that inspired her first book, and how living with no closure changed her writing. 
CW: school shooting, domestic violence
Listen Now
<![CDATA[Queer Enough]]>Tue, 15 Sep 2020 07:00:00 GMThttp://vsholmes.com/news/queer-enough
I joined Jae, from UNAFRAID and Kiri and Jessie to discuss our complicated relationships with gender expression and identity and what the word queer means to us--plus, we delve into the idea of what it means to be "queer enough."
Watch on YouTube
<![CDATA[The World of Blood of Titans with Konn Lavery]]>Tue, 08 Sep 2020 07:00:00 GMThttp://vsholmes.com/news/the-world-of-blood-of-titans-with-konn-lavery
I joined Konn Lavery to discuss the world of Blood of Titans, how I write in a shared world with Cameron J. Quinn, and living in a tiny house! 

KL: Your website expands on the fantasy world of REFORGED, how has archiving the world-building process been?

​VSH: I always have to know how things work, which makes for deep world building (and as my beta readers and editors can attest, rather chonky word counts). My brain is highly disorganized, so my external world has to be tidy, and part of that is keeping detailed maps and tables of my world. There’s incredible freedom in crafting a world from the ground up, but that can lead to entertaining and frustrating inconsistencies if we’re not careful. Luckily, readers love these behind-the-scenes glimpses, so I get to share the world with them on an even deeper level. There are several more maps to come, especially as one character strikes out into the northern ocean reaches to explore....read more
<![CDATA[The Only Thing Money Can't Buy is a Miracle]]>Sat, 22 Aug 2020 17:06:16 GMThttp://vsholmes.com/news/the-only-thing-money-cant-buy-is-a-miracle
The First to Lie, by author and reporter Hank Phillippi Ryan, is an engaging and twisting domestic thriller. Initially, we follow Ellie, an investigative journalist (like the author herself!) newly relocated to Boston for a job at the brand-new Channel 11 News. Her first big story aims to take on a massive pharmaceutical company for misleading patients about its new miracle drug. Not only is Pharminex pushing it for off-label use as a fertility treatment, but the medication may be causing permanent infertility. As the story hurtles forward, we’re introduced to an all-woman cast of characters, each with their own secrets--and some whose identities just might be one and the same.

My taste in thrillers usually trends toward medical and science subgenres, but Ryan’s strong, decisive voice and familiarity with my own Boston hooked me from the beginning. I enjoyed each new twist as we moved from Ellie and Nora (a cunning pharmaceutical rep) to the ruthless and privileged women on the arms of Pharminex’s men. Every piece of this seemingly chaotic puzzle clicked into place, including a few I hadn’t predicted. Ryan did a wonderful job weaving a tale of the lengths women will go to secure their futures--or avenge them--in a world run by masculine power and wealth. Through the characters’ heartaches and regrets, we learn that the only thing money can’t buy is a miracle. 

Recommended to fans of corporate espionage and modern journalistic thrillers, 4 out of 5 stars.