Bluewood interviews Audrey Holland, author of When Divorce is Not Enough

Bluewood Publishing: Hi there, welcome to Bluewood. Tell us a little about yourself. What part of the world do you live in? Tell us about your background?

Audrey: Hello Bluewood, thank you for this opportunity. I live in British Columbia, Canada about eighty kilometers outside of Vancouver. I have a couple acres that I share with my horse, dog and cat. I was born and raised in BC and have never wanted to live anywhere else. I started work at the age of twelve on a cattle ranch in the interior, that was a wonderful experience and there I met my first author, Freda Sellers. She and her husband Wayne owned the ranch where I went to work. She wrote a book, way back in the 1950’s, by hand. She inspired me to do the same. It has only taken me around fifty years to do it. Those fifty years have been very busy, I raised my three sons on my own and worked full time to support us as well. Now they are all grown up and I’m retired, I have finally got the time to do my thing – write!

Bluewood: Who are your favorite authors?

Audrey: My number one favorite author is Stephen King. Not especially for his topics but for his characters and gripping story telling. Next are several authors; Diana Gabaldon, Jack Whyte, Jean M. Auel, W. Michael Gear and Kathleen O’Neal Gear, Audrey Howard, and Catherine Cookson. Those are the main ones I can think of right now, but there are many more. I have never read any authors work that I didn’t get something from.

Bluewood: What is your genre and what attracts you to that genre, and what made you want to write it?

Audrey: Romance with a lot of love, a little sex, a little humor, a little foolishness, a little hate, a little meanness, a little murder, you know all the stuff we humans do. I write Romance because love is the backbone of our society, when we evolved into thinking animals we needed something more than animal need to drive us, otherwise the human race would have died out long ago. I mean, what woman would have a second baby if not out of love? What made me want to write Romance? I really don’t know, perhaps it is the voices in my head that keep coming up with all these different scenarios! They just won’t quit!

Bluewood: The question you are probably always asked – how long have you been writing?

Audrey: Actually putting it down and editing and finishing and submitting for publication? Three years. Writing stories in my head? Over sixty years.

Bluewood: Does the way you personally look at life reflect in your writing style?

Audrey: I imagine it does for all authors, but I try to not let it limit me, I like to get outside the box once in awhile.

Bluewood: What concept or situation about your book makes it so unique?

Audrey: It is based on some therapy writing I did a few years ago while recovering from the trauma of reliving suppressed memories. It is loosely based on what I would have liked to have done as a result of what I remembered. It is a story of murder, but not a gory, horrible murder, the victim is not really a victim at all.

Bluewood: Tell us about When Divorce is Not Enough. What was your inspiration for this book?

Audrey: My inspiration came from the suppressed memories that surfaced after almost thirty years of the abuse my children and I went through. After reliving all that I did want to shoot him. I didn’t, but I did let Tanya shoot Tom, and get away with it. It just seemed fitting somehow.

Bluewood: What is your favorite scene from the book and why?

Audrey: The fight between Tanya and Tom when she catches him beating their oldest son. It is a turning point for her, when the deep core of strength that has kept her going all through her childhood and years of abuse at the hands of the monster she married comes to the fore and we get to see the real woman.

Bluewood: Have you written other books?

Audrey: Yes, Leaving is about a woman finding the courage to get out of a bad situation and find the space and strength to heal and love again. Goodbye Burt is about the dangers of seeking love in a bar. And if I do say so myself, I love the ending.

Bluewood: If you could tell us one thing about the Romance genre that makes your mind spin with ideas, what would that be?

Audrey: The choices we humans can and do make as we go through life and where they might lead us. I just have to look back at all the choices I made along the way and then let my imagination take me down a different one than the one I chose and I have at least one if not more stories. One choice (right or wrong, good or bad) at any given point can send us down a totally different course, some wonderful and happy, some warped, some conforming to the norm, and some lead us to touch downright evilness.

Thanks so much for chatting with us, Audrey!