It's been a whirlwind week! I was exhausted by my 2nd Covid shot, and just had another book hit international bestseller status! This time it's Travelers, which is #1 LGBTQ science fiction in the US and Canada! Not only that, but Heretics launched on the 8th and has already been bought and reviewed by so many of you. Your support means the world!
I seriously couldn't do this without the incredible author and publishing community I've found--especially big thanks to Mickey Mikkelson of Creative Edge for all he does, and the powerhouse of Rebecca Hamilton for her amazing mentorship and team.
The South Branch Scribbler was kind enough to host me this week, to discuss the upcoming book, Heretics, in my sci-fi series, my work in activism, and the incredible process of getting a book on the Moon! Plus a never-before-seen excerpt of Heretics!
Last weekend amidst the wild snowstorm we got hit with up here, I got to chat with the awesome Caramel Lucas of the "Keeping It Real" podcast! We touched on the type of magic I weave into my fantasy books, what gets me up in the morning (besides my awesome dog, Rory, of course!), and talked about my snarky lesbian archaeologist becoming a TV show (c'mon Netflix!)
"A memorable, entertaining and investing read, author V.S. Holmes’ “Travelers” is a must-read start to an incredible sci-fi saga. With emotional and action-packed twists and turns and an ending that leaves open some great story possibilities for future books, the author has crafted a masterful narrative and memorable characters that many readers will be able to identify with."
If you missed the live event on Spilling Ink this Saturday, you can check it out below! I joined fellow author Dwayne Clayden (who you've heard on our own podcast!) my friend Jae, and the rest of the Spilling Ink crew. We covered witches, research, morally gray characters, and I touched on the ethics and complicated legality of digging on Native land.
Oh! And I also dropped some details about my brand new top-secret project!
I spoke with Dom Brightmon of the Going North Podcast about how my day job as an archaeologist inspired my books, how “what if” can build your story, and why writing novels are inspired by emotions and the people around you the most!
Today marks the first week in the Novel Bootcamp course I've joined. It's taught by my good friend and fellow Starsedge author Cameron J Quinn, under her romance pen name, Angela Breen.
It's an intensive outlining and drafting strategy that I'm really looking forward to exploring while I draft the fourth Nel Bently Book, Heretics. I'll be sharing progress with my Explorers and via Instagram so be sure you're signed up and following to catch the updates!
For now, I'll leave you with Week One's project: the Logline
"A hot-tempered archaeologist is forced to work with her best friend’s murderers to save her only family--and Earth itself--from an unknown and calculating new adversary."