Thursday, July 15, 2010

Guest Post by Author Holly Christine and Giveaway!

Please join me in welcoming Holly Christine, author of the newly released Tuesday Tells It Slant to Always With a Book! If you missed my review, you can read it here. Today Holly guest blogs about her favorite author.

Enjoy and be sure to enter the giveaway!

Choosing a favorite author was a difficult task for me. In my head, I can name ten. But my bookshelves tell me otherwise. One shelf is almost completely dedicated to Jack Kerouac. I think it was my sophomore year of college that a friend recommended On the Road to me. I was hooked from the start. My copy of On the Road was abused. I had highlighted and underlined every single deliciously inspiring quote. I dog-earred the pages. The book was mine. Captivated. My favorite quote is probably one of the most popular and most recognized: 

The only people for me are the mad ones, the ones who are mad to live, mad to talk, mad to be saved, desirous of everything at the same time, the ones who never yawn or say a commonplace thing, but burn, burn, burn, like fabulous yellow roman candles exploding like spiders across the stars and in the middle you see the blue centerlight pop and everybody goes "Awww!”

After absorbing Kerouac’s words, I quickly read through Big Sur, The Subterraneans, The Dharma Bums, Desolation Angels and Book of Dreams.

Kerouac referred to his writing style as spontaneous prose, kind of like stream of consciousness. He was a part of the Beat Generations, which Kerouac defined “Beat” as the synthesis of beaten down, a bit basic and raw, the core of our being and emotions.  His works included pieces of theology, philosophy and Buddhism, causing a reader to think beyond their self, seeing the larger picture of life.

Kerouac has inspired my writing style. I write like mad. When I start, I don’t stop. I don’t look for errors. I don’t correct my grammar. It’s as if I’ve tapped into some part of my soul that has no limit, no end in sight and I’m recording it’s live broadcast. This all sounds odd, but it’s a really enlightening process. I feel completely connected to my words because they came from a place deep in my consciousness. I’m always surprised at the end, but it takes many, many hours of editing to make a coherent piece. 

About the author: Holly Christine was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in 1981. Though she started to craft stories at the age of six, it wasn't until college that she began to guide her stories into written form. She completed her first novel in 2004, which was read by one dear friend before making its way into the bedroom nightstand. She currently resides in Pittsburgh and is always working on something new.

For more on Holly Christine and her books, visit her website.

You can find Holly on Twitter here.

Buy the Book: Tuesday Tells It Slant by Holly Christine

Buy for Kindle: Tuesday Tells It Slant ebook by Holly Christine

Thank you Holly for contributing this great guest post, and thanks to Booksparks PR for coordinating it.

1 comment

  1. I love when I'm able to write like Holly is describing here, when it just comes out of you uncontrolably and you sit back and say, "What the heck just happened there?" Amazing feeling! Great thoughts here!


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