Monday, October 3, 2011

Bloodstone by Nancy Holzner-Interview & Giveaway:Bewitching Tour Stop

About Nancy

Nancy Holzner grew up in western Massachusetts with her nose stuck in a book. This meant that she tended to walk into things, wore glasses before she was out of elementary school, and forced her parents to institute a “no reading at the dinner table” rule. It was probably inevitable that she majored in English in college and then, because there were still a lot of books she wanted to read, continued her studies long enough to earn a masters degree and a PhD.
She began her career as a medievalist, then jumped off the tenure track to try some other things. Besides teaching English and philosophy, she’s worked as a technical writer, freelance editor and instructional designer, college admissions counselor, and corporate trainer. Most of her nonfiction books are published under the name Nancy Conner.
Nancy lives in upstate New York with her husband Steve, where they both work from home without getting on each other’s nerves. She enjoys visiting local wineries and listening obsessively to opera. There are still a lot of books she wants to read.



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What does your significant other and family think of your writing career?

My husband is very supportive. In fact, it's thanks to him that I have a writing career. He's an author, too. He's written more than 130 technical and scientific books over a 20+-year career. He knew that I wanted to write books yet felt intimidated by the idea of publishing, so he introduced me to people in technical publishing. I did some copyediting work for them and became more familiar—and comfortable—with the publishing process. Eventually I started to write tech books; my first title was a book about buying and selling on eBay. I wrote or co-wrote a dozen or so others.

Writing technical books may not seem to have much in common with writing fiction, but it demystified publishing for me. Participating in the process, first as a copyeditor, then as an author, made publishing other kinds of writing (such as the fiction I really wanted to write) seem more possible. I have my husband to thank for that.

He supports me in many other ways, too. When I first got serious about writing fiction, he encouraged me to take a year off to write. He doesn't read my novels, but that's fine with me because urban fantasy isn't his thing. The most important thing is that he gives me space and time to write. He understands the focus it requires.

Who are your books published with?

My Deadtown series is published by Ace, which is an imprint of Penguin. The first novel I wrote, a mystery titled Peace, Love, and Murder, was originally published by a small press called Five Star, which puts out hardcover books for libraries. Five Star bought only the hardcover rights, so I've recently made the mystery available as an inexpensive ebook. It's a fun mystery with quirky characters, and readers have asked for a sequel, which I'll be working on soon.

How do you describe your writing style?

So far, all my novels have been in the first person: a female narrator in the Deadtown series and a male narrator in Peace, Love, and Murder. So I'd say my writing style is conversational. I think my writing also has immediacy, as though readers are there with the character while the character experiences the story. The novels are written in past tense, but they feel like they're unfolding in the present.

Have you attended a high school reunion? What did you learn?

I've attended several now. I'm not sure I learned much from them, but I've asked myself the same question that everyone inevitably does at these events: “What am I doing in this room full of strange, middle-aged people?” :)

Morning Person? Or Night Person? How do you know?

I'm definitely a night person. I stay up until two A.M. most nights. I can do that now, because I work at home and set my own hours. When I was teaching, having an 8:00 A.M. class would be a struggle all semester. I'd try to go to bed by, say, eleven, but then I'd find myself staying up a little later and a little later as the weeks passed, and end up feeling exhausted in the afternoons. Ironically, even though I'm a night person, my best time for working is the morning (or what I call morning), soon after I wake up. I guess I can focus better before the day's distractions push their way forward.

What would we find under your bed?

Now that I've buried the body, you mean? Books, shoes, and dust bunnies. (Just kidding about the body. Honest.)

Say your publisher has offered to fly you anywhere in the world to do research on an upcoming book, where would you most likely want to go?

My next book, Darklands, is set partly in Annwn, the Welsh realm of the dead. If my publisher offered to send me there, I'd be worried.

LOL!!  I'd think so! Do you have a favorite quote or saying?

It's not a quote, but something I say to myself: “Do it anyway.” Those words help me drop my fears and doubts and move forward, because they remind me of times when I accomplished something difficult that I initially didn't think I could do, like earning a PhD or writing a book.

However, I think my new favorite quote is the one that appears at the bottom of each page on your blog. Wine, chocolate, and “Woohoo!”—that's the way to live. I love it!

Do you have a Website or Blog?

My website and blog are both at I also participate in a group blog with other fantasy authors: Dark Central Station.


By Nancy Holzner
Book 3 Deadtown Series
Paperback: 336 pages
Publisher: Ace
Release date: September 27, 2011
ISBN-10: 044102100X
ISBN-13: 978-0441021000
Boston’s diverse South End is known for its architecture and great restaurants, not its body count. So when mutilated human corpses begin turning up in the area, the entire city takes notice. The killer—dubbed the South End Reaper—uses a curved blade for his grisly work. And even though there’s no real evidence pointing to a paranormal culprit, the deaths are straining the already-tense relations between Boston’s human and inhuman residents.

As the bodies pile up, Vicky, her formidable aunt Mab, and her werewolf boyfriend Kane investigate, only to find that the creature behind the carnage is after something much more than blood…


October 3 Interview

Laurie's Thoughts & Reviews

October 4 Guest Blog and Review
Ramblings From A Chaotic Mind

October 5 Guest Blog and Review

October 6th Guest Blog
Reading Between the Wines

October 6 Interview at RavenCraft Realm


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nancyholzner said...

Good morning! Thanks, Laurie, for hosting a stop on my tour--and for a fun interview. And happy Monday to your readers! :)

Pabkins said...

I didn't end up going to my HS reunion partly because of that reason. All of the people I was interested in knowing how their lives are - I've kept touch with! Thanks for the interview!

Pabkins @ Mission to Read

Denise Z said...

This series is incredibly wonderful and definitely worth the price of admission for the E-ticket ride. Thank you for participating in this tour and lovely giveaway opportunity.