I’m delighted to be welcoming Steena Holmes to my hot seat today.
The Forgotten Ones (Steena’s thirtieth novel) published 1st April 2018 through Lake Union Publishing and is a story that was written with her daughters influence in mind.
Elle is a survivor. She’s managed to piece together a solid life from a childhood of broken memories and fairy tales her mom told her to explain away bad dreams. But weekly visits to her mother still fill Elle with a paralyzing fear she can’t explain. It’s just another of so many unanswered questions she grew up with in a family estranged by silence and secrets.
Elle’s world turns upside down when she receives a deathbed request from her grandfather, a man she was told had died years ago. Racked by grief, regrets, and a haunted conscience, he has a tale of his own to tell Elle: about her mother, an imaginary friend, and two strangers who came to the house one night and never left.
As Elle’s past unfolds, so does the truth—if she can believe it. She must face the reasons for her inexplicable dread. As dark as they are, Elle must listen…before her grandfather’s death buries the family’s secrets forever.
Available to purchase in digital, paperback, audio and MP3 formats.
The Forgotten Ones was an Amazon Best-Seller in its first week, but Steena didn’t write it for the accolades or the sales, she wrote it as a means of exercising her own demons and poured her heart and grief into this novel. With that, the decision was made to give back and help create awareness for suicide prevention and mental health. Through extensive research of organizations to give back to, Steena has decided to generously donate fifty percent of her sales proceeds on her print books, not cover price, but her royalties of The Forgotten Ones print format to “The LifeLine Canada Foundation” out of British Columbia. “The LifeLine Canada Foundation” is a registered non-profit organization committed to positive mental health and suicide prevention in Canada and Worldwide.
Welcome to Jera’s Jamboree.
Please summarise THE FORGOTTEN ONES in 20 words or less.
Deathbed confessions reveal secrets too horrific to believe.
What scene did you enjoy writing the most?
I loved writing all of David’s scenes where he tells the story he’s dying to reveal. They surprised me every time I sat down to write them, I never really knew where his story was going to take me and what revelations they would reveal.
… and the hardest?
David’s last scene was the most difficult for me to write. I was raw personally from visiting my daughter in the hospital and all those emotions poured out of me. But I was bawling the whole time.
If you could have given your characters one piece of advice before the opening pages of the book Steena, what would it be …
No one is ever what they seem.
Did you travel to any places?
I didn’t need to travel for this novel – I set it in my home town where I grew up!
Do you have a most creative time of day?
Late afternoon and evening. It seems to be when my brain is able to relax, when all the ‘tasks’ I’ve needed to work on are complete and I can focus on my story.
Panster or plotter?
I’m a mixture of both. I’ve developed the need to create a loose plot that I don’t always follow. I tend to let the characters drive the plot, which is so fun!
What are you reading now?
I’m reading an ARC of The Other Sister by Sarah Zettel and I am loving it!
Finally Steena, have you done any creative writing/writing courses that you would recommend to others?
I highly recommend Margie Lawson – she is amazing and her courses teach you how to go deeper with your stories.
Thank you for being my guest today.
Steen Holmes is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the novels Saving Abby, The Word Game, Stillwater Rising, The Memory Child, Emmaʼs Secret, and Finding Emma, among others. She won the National Indie Excellence Award in 2012 for Finding Emma as well as the USA Book News Award for The Word Game in 2015. Steena lives in Calgary, Alberta, and continues to write stories that touch every parentʼs heart. To find out more about her books and her love for traveling, you can visit her website at www.steenaholmes.com or follow her journeys over on Instagram @steenaholmes. You can also find Steena on the web at Facebook: SteenaHolmes.author | Twitter: @steenaholmes