Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Holly Cupala and DON'T BREATHE A WORD

Don't Breathe a Word official site

It is with great pleasure that I introduce you to this lovely author whose smile can light up a large room and whose novels will light up your heart.

You can read a sneak preview of Don't Breathe A Word  here and can purchase it at Amazon or IndieBound

Here are some thoughts from Holly on writing and life:
On Writing:
Favorite thing about writing a first draft:
Ideas! I love ideas. The hard part for me is getting them down.
Best thing about writing for teens:
The connection with readers. That part has been an amazing and unforeseen joy.

Favorite word?
Palimpsest. It means something that has been erased and written upon again in layers of history and meaning. It appears in Tell Me a Secret, but I never found a place for it in Don’t Breathe a Word.  
One word that describes your path to publication:
Serendipitous. (That would be after painful, long, and persistent!)
If I could have two dream careers, I’d be an author and:
An artist. I love to paint and make collage and do crafty artsy things.
On Life:
If I could snap my fingers and solve one of the problems here on earth, it would be:
To put more hope and forgiveness into the world.
One question I wish I had a definitive answer to:
How to write a novel without some sort of psychic suffering? :-D
Best thing about being a child:
A clear message of love from my family.
Worst thing about being a child:
Having four “parents”—two actual parents, and two much older siblings who acted like parents. 
Best thing about being a teenager:
Making the best friends of my life, who are still my best friends.
Worst thing about being a teenager:
The horrible gap between longing and actuality.
Most memorable teen moment:
When my brother got into a near-fatal car accident that resulted in the death of another driver.
A quote I live by:
Your heart has been broken, but I will put it together again.
My  dream vacation:
I’m still hoping for that Mediterranean cruise…
In My Perfect World…
Everyone would get a massage and a visit from a good friend at least once a week.
There would be an abundance of food and water.
No one would be deprived of truth.
Every child would have someone to love him or her.
No one would ever abuse their power over others.
Healing would be free for everyone.

Holly's Website


  1. I think my favorite part of these interviews is the little mad lib fill in the blanks at the end. I love how every author you have interviewed thinks so much about the world outside of themselves.

    Wonderful article - I'll have to look for the book!

  2. Lovely interview. I look forward to reading DON'T BREATHE A WORD!

  3. Yay! I love Holly! I can't wait to read her new book. Thanks Holly and Angi!

  4. Oh, and I was so hoping Holly would have an answer to that question. Suffering whilst writing? Yeah, that.

    DON'T BREATH A WORD is lyrical and rich. Thanks, Holly, for enduring all that suffering for us!

  5. Very much looking forward to reading this one. Thanks for the interview Holly and Angela!


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