Hi everybody, and welcome to day three of the Spirits of the West
western paranormal anthology blog tour.
Today, I’m pleased and privileged to introduce to you author, Enid Holden.
She has the winning story in the Spirits of the West western paranormal anthology, titled ‘High Desert Rose.’ Which I’ll be reviewing, so watch for that coming soon.
First, in your own words, tell us a little about you.
Hello everyone. My name is Enid Holden, and I’m happy to be here on the blog today.
I was born in South Africa, was lucky enough to come to America in the early ’90s, and lived in Washington DC for 16 years before relocating to Colorado 15 years ago.
Where do you live?
I currently live in Gunnison, CO.
Who are the special people in your life?
My daughter Celeste, a gift from God, as her name suggests. My husband, Paul, my add-on son Dusty and many local family and friends.
Do you have any pets?
I do indeed. have four rescue/unwanted animals, two cats, and two dogs: Nubbins, Cream-cheese, Leo, and Hansel.
What keeps you going? I mean, what inspires you and keeps you moving forward in your work?
I am inspired by other writers – I keep wishing I could write with Joyce Carol Oates’ creepy subtlety or the story-telling genius of Larry McMurtry or the crushing realism of Ann Rule.
What is your favorite song?
My favorite song is ‘Sizo Bonan’, which I wrote and composed in Zulu.
What is your favorite movie? Feel free to list multiple titles.
My current favorite movie is Search for the Wilder People, an acclaimed recent New Zealand film.
What is your favorite book? Feel free to list multiple titles.
My favorite book is Girl with the Green Eyes by Edna O’Brien, an Irish writer (I also have green eyes). I also love My Brilliant Friend.
What is your favorite food?
My favorite food changes so as not to get stale. A staple is avocado, but I also love butterfly pasta with butter, sage, parmesan, and pine nuts.
What is your favorite quote?
“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate,” Marianne Williamson writes in A Return to Love. “Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, ‘Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be?’
Ironically, this quote is often wrongly attributed to Mandela.
What is your biggest pet peeve?
My pet peeve is long-winded people sounding off.
What do you think your best strengths are, and how do they help you in your work as a writer?
I have always been a daydreamer and love words the way a poet does. I used to read the dictionary for entertainment as a kid.
What are your weaknesses, and how are you making them stronger?
Time management. I always take on too much and accomplish too little and end up with my tail in my mouth.
Drop that tail and chase the moon instead.
What is your dream for the future, and how does it relate to your work as a writer?
I dream of finishing my two novels in progress and getting my/our opera, Lottie Silks, staged.
What is your preferred way of communicating, and how can someone reach you if they wish to buy from or work with you in some way?
Texting or email works great.
Text, 970 497 6121
Or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Before you go, is there anything you’d like to add about yourself or your work that I’ve not asked?
Just this quote from a writer I knew. He said, “To be a writer, you have to have an ego. Otherwise, any normal person would ask themselves, “Who’s gonna read this crap,” and give up.
Enid Holden is a writer who has honed her talents as a singer-songwriter, playwright, newspaper columnist, book reviewer, and opera librettist. She holds an undergraduate degree from Rhodes University in Fine Arts and English Literature. She completed an Honors degree in History of Art from the University of South Africa. She earned a BA in Music at Western Colorado University and an MA in Creative Writing in 2017 from Western Colorado University School of Graduate Studies. She has written three short comedies. She also created the book Getting it Wright, a musical comedy on the Wright Brothers. She wrote the libretto of Lottie Silks, composed by Justus (Jay) Parrotta, work-shopped in Washington, DC, and at Writing the Rockies at Western Colorado University. Her second libretto is The Teardrop Tiara. She completed an MFA in Creative Writing at Western Colorado University in 2019 and is writing her debut novel.
You can purchase the Spirits of the West western paranormal anthology including, “High Desert Rose” at: https://www.amazon.com/Spirits-West-Kaye-Lynne-Booth-ebook/dp/B08LW5R368/