So happy to have Holly on the blog today. Her wonderful new book, Kingston Court, was just released on September 10th. Here's the summary:
What happens when you take middle-aged, stay-home-moms, and throw them back into the workforce and dating? A modern twist between Desperate Housewives and Sex and the City, Kingston Court follows the love, lies, and friendships of two wealthy Southern California women.
Samantha and Natalie are at a crossroads. Gorgeous, over-the-top Samantha, hangs her status and her happiness on her “perfect” husband. That is until she learns his secret.
But she’s not the only mother on the block struggling. Natalie, nurturing and careful, is thrust back into the workforce after her husband barely survives a horrifying car crash. However, it isn’t just her new job co-hosting a national morning news show that keeps her busy. Alik, the hot young production assistant, does everything in his power to seduce the woman he loves.
Death and misfortune in the span of a single year force these two women to find their inner strength and make life-changing choices.
Now on to the interview!
Me: Kingston Court looks like a seriously juicy read! So fess up: How much of your own life and experience working as a journalist is in there? Are you more Sam or Natalie?
Holly: You got me. There is a LOT of my own life observations throughout Kingston Court. Working as television journalist gave me an insider's look into the sights, sounds, and intense energy of a newsroom, plus all the scandalous behaviour. I knew exactly how Natalie felt the first time she stepped inside Today L.A. I also knew all of the possibilities for trouble.
How did this book come to you? Was it a character, a setting, a line of perfect dialogue?
Oddly enough, it was a name. Several years ago I was visiting a friend at her community pool and a group of teenage girls were standing around gossiping about some fabulous "it" girl named Sophia Chase. I loved the name and wanted to write a book about her. Turns out, in my book, Sophia Chase is a minor character. She is Samantha's oldest daughter, but it was Sophia that started it all. In an unusual twist of fate, my good friend's daughter ended up becoming best friends with the real Sophia Chase. I see Sophia often and I can't wait for her to be old enough to read the book.
I absolutely adore the cover: the colors, the mood, which is both dark and uplifting. Were you involved in the design, or did you just hit the cover jackpot?
Thank you so much! I feel the same way. Sometimes, when I'm sad, I look at the Kingston Court cover to cheer me up. I was very involved in the design. I picked out the colors and was adamant it include a classic Southern California sunset with palm trees. The first draft of the cover made me want to cry it was so awful, then I thought of a good way to express what I was looking for. I asked the book designer if he could make my readers feel like they had just walked into an Anthropology store.
So you've worked for years in broadcast journalism. Any good gaffe stories?
So many. I was such a goofball, always trying to pretend like I wasn't and then outing myself in the worst ways. One of my most embarrassing stories is the time I dropped a pen while I was sitting on the anchor desk in Palm Springs introducing my story. Instead of letting the pen go, I dove over to pick it up. Live on camera, it appeared as though I had just sunk my head into the lap of my anchor, Sally Sherry. The worst part was having to lift my head back up and go on with the story about back-to-school shopping deals.
I loved to travel too – PK (pre-kid). What's your most unforgettable trip?
My trip to Istanbul. It is a stunningly beautiful city full of history, culture, and incredible food. I'm so grateful I went during a more peaceful time.
So what's on your bedside table right now, book-wise?
Two books, one is Brooke Shield's new memoir, There Was A Little Girl. I'm about a third of the way in and enjoying it. The other is Catcher in the Rye. I wanted to reread it as an adult.
You can visit Holly at her website, hkammier.com. She's also on Twitter and FB and has a site on Pinterest with lots of pictures of how she imagines people, places and things in Kingston Court.
Buy a copy on Amazon – paperback and Kindle, Barnes & Noble – paperback and Nook, or Get it on iTunes, Kobo Books, Inktera, Oyster, and All Romance