... Holly Stockport
1. Tell me about your book, The Ascension of Melanie Winters, and where you got your inspiration for it?
My book is a science fiction novel and is about a girl who has the power of telekinesis, but she doesn’t know how she got it; it’s something she’s just lived with her whole life. The story shows her getting into strange and unfortunate circumstances that begin to unravel the mystery behind her powers. My inspiration came from a lot of different places; daydreams in my head about having powers to get revenge on bullies, modern science fiction, anime...there were definitely lots of different factors that helped me create the world.
2. Did you learn anything from writing this book? If so what was it?
Professional editors are a godsend. Rowanvale Books (the team I went with) were super helpful in refining my story. There were some major changes made to the story which have definitely helped it in the long run and I feel slightly sick knowing I was once going to just publish it as it was without anyone besides me overseeing it!
3. If your book was made into a film, who would you like to see play the lead?
Sophie Turner, without a single doubt. I think she’s a brilliant actress and she is how I envision Melanie would look in my head.
4. In what ways do you hold yourself back?
Too many ways to list here! Mainly the fact that I don’t think I’m a good writer stops me from actually writing; I have moments of doubt where I think that what I’m doing is ridiculous and something that’s all going to go downhill eventually but then I remember the fact that I made my childhood dream come true by myself and that usually gets me back in a good mindset.
5. What is the longest you’ve gone without writing?
About 3 years. It was during my final years at secondary school and through university where I wanted to go into the film industry. It wasn’t until I began working full time and that I rediscovered NaNoWriMo that I realised writing was something I wanted to pursue and I started up again.
6. What motivates you to succeed as a writer?
Getting all my story ideas out of my head once and for all! Honestly. I have so many ideas that I want to share with the world and writing them all down is a big motivator for me. I suppose now that I’ve gone and published my first book the fact that people actually enjoy what I’ve written also helps as a motivator as it makes me happy knowing that people don’t think I’ve written a load of rubbish!
7. What genre do you write in and what draws you into this genre?
If we’re going off my published work, science fiction but I’ve dabbled in many different genres over the years. I mostly find myself being drawn to science fiction and supernatural as those were the types of books I enjoyed reading the most when I was a kid and they take up a lot of my favourite movies too.
8. Have you ever considered collaborating with another writer? If Yes who, if no why not?
I’m actually in talks to collaborate with two...sort of. One of the writers is a very close friend of mine who’s currently working on her own book and we’d discussed the idea of doing something together but we’re not quite sure what yet. And the other one is funnily enough, my dad! He mentioned to me that he had a story idea of his own when he was younger and that he needed someone to take his ideas and put them into book form. He’s a very avid reader like myself and now that I’ve written my own work, he wants me to take his idea and turn it into something. He was slightly drunk when he told me this so whether there’s any truth to it, I’m not sure!
9. Do you aim for a set amount of words/pages a day?
I used to aim for at least 3000 words a day when I was working on Ascension which I managed to meet rather well when I was writing it. Right now, I’ve got some other projects in the pipeline but because I’ve got a very busy personal life it’s been really difficult to get back in the saddle and write. I’m hoping that when things settle, I can hop back into the mindset!
10. Do you let a book stew – leave it for a month and then come back to it to edit?
I have done in the past, yes. I’ve written four stories that I’ve left and gone back to in the past, Ascension being one of them! However when I first wrote Ascension it was back in 2014 and I revisited the idea in 2017; that period of time wasn’t intentional but I’m glad it worked out that way since I found a lot of influences during that time period that helped me develop it even more.
11. What part of your writing time do you dedicate to marketing your book?
It’s difficult to give an exact timeframe, but I’d say probably 70% of my writing time is spent marketing my work. When I was writing Ascension I was also setting up my writing website, researching into print on demand services, looking for possible people to review my book, talking about it on my YouTube channel so it was really easy for me to pour my time into doing it alongside the book. Now I don’t have the stress of writing something and I usually do some form of marketing every evening.
12. Do you have a day job in addition to being a writer? If so, what do you do during the day?
I do! When I was writing Ascension I worked in Marketing for a local company and there was one person I worked with who made my life there hell. Me actually writing and marketing Ascension came about as a way for me to distract myself from the fact I was in a very unhappy job and how that person made me feel on a daily basis. Thankfully, I changed jobs not long after I published Ascension and I now work for a family run business selling shoes although whether they know about my work as an author I’m not quite sure!
13. Are your characters based off real people or did they all come entirely from your imagination?
I would say it’s a 50/50 split. There are some characters that have elements of being from my head and inspired by people and then here’s some that are simply just one or the other. There’s two particular characters in Ascension who are both very heavily inspired by two horrible people I’ve come across in my life but Melanie and a few of the supporting characters have just come from my head. I’ve also got a character in Ascension who is named as a homage to one of my favourite film characters too as the film they come from was a massive inspiration for Ascension.
14. Have you written any other books that are not published? Do you intend to publish them?
Yes! I’ve got lots of books that are currently sitting on my Google Drive or in folders in my study. I do plan to publish them at some point, it’s just a matter of when the time is right for me to revisit them. I think I will probably take some of the work I’ve done for NaNoWriMo and have those done as they’re fully fledged novels that I can just tinker with.
15. Anything you would like to say to your readers and fans?
Thank you so so much for supporting my dive into being an author. All of the tweets, photos and reviews mean so much to me and I hope that I can continue being the best author possible for you all!
After a freak accident that she caused, Melanie is forced to return to her home in the Welsh countryside with her mother to start again.
But when strange events begin to occur upon her arrival, Melanie begins to realise that she, and the powers she fought so hard to keep hidden all these years, might be part of something a lot more sinister.
Holly Stockport is a 24 year old author & youtuber based in Wales, UK. After a lifelong love affair with creating stories, Holly has begun to pursue her passions with sharing her stories with the world. Her stories revolve around various genres, including science fiction, fantasy, the supernatural & taboo topics. As well as writing stories, she also runs a youtube channel where she posts regularly, alongside her full time job in the E-Commerce industry. She currently resides in Wales with Morgan (her boyfriend), Patch (their dog) and Bonnie (their fish).
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