Author Interview: The wonderful Britt Holewinski


Schism

By: Britt Holewinski
Pages: 264
Publisher: Delirious Pixie
Published on: March 15th 2016

"My name is Andrea Christensen. I'm one of the oldest oldest people in the world."
"Schism" is the first book in a new dystopian trilogy that tells a tale of survival, of good versus evil, and of constructing a future with only memories of childhood.
A government-created virus is accidentally released before testing is complete and within weeks it kills six billion people, children are the only survivors. Andy Christensen and her two friends travel across the country searching for a safe place to live, but nowhere, it seems, is capable of resurrection.
“SCHISM is an engrossing page turner that skillfully deals with dark subject matter in a compelling, through-provoking manner.” -IndieReader.com
“This apocalyptic teen drama’s character interactions may draw readers in, but its vigorous story will keep them hooked.” - Kirkus Reviews
“The author includes detailed character backgrounds that lend depth and believability. Below the surface of the story is a much deeper examination of human nature...and this makes the book truly fascinating. 5 Stars” ~ Foreword Reviews

Also by this author: Schism

Hi all *waves* this is Andi and today we have the wonderful Britt Holewinski, author of Schism in house to answer some questions.

 

Britt Holewinski Photo

 

Hi Britt, I am glad that you could be here today.  

~ Thanks Andi, I am glad to be here.~

 

So we are going to start slow and work up to the harder questions. \/”’\/

~ I’m ready, hopefully.~

 

What were you like at school?

~I moved around while growing up, and so I had to learn how to make new friends quickly to fit in. By high school, I was the girl who was just there. Everyone knew me, but I wasn’t popular or unpopular. I think this helped me to observe the world around me, which enhanced my imagination and creativity.~

 

What are your ambitions for your writing career?

~Every writer wants to see their book on the front shelves in Barnes & Noble and have it turned into a movie. That would be amazing! Realistically, however, I would be so grateful if I could write full-time and just pay the bills. But more importantly, I want to make sure that my readers are satisfied. If they enjoy my writing and can lose themselves in the story, then I have succeeded.~

 

So, what have you written?
~I have written a young-adult, dystopian novel entitled Schism, which I began working on more than 20 years ago after reading Lord of the Flies. My novel depicts what might happen if all of the adults in the world were suddenly killed following the accidental release of a virus, and the surviving children were left on their own.~

 

Do you write on a typewriter, computer, dictate or longhand?
~I write primarily on my laptop, but I often carry a notebook in my purse (with a functioning pen!) in case ideas come to me at the most inconvenient moments, i.e. while standing in the frozen food aisle in the grocery store. Also, I love writing in cursive. It’s a lost art, and sometimes handwriting my chapter outlines becomes a welcome break from the keyboard.~

It is a lost art, I still try to write hand written letters to family to show my minion that writing is good, and not everything has to be via email.  

 

My _Standing_ desk

 

Do you think that the cover plays an important part in the buying process? I personally think that it is very important, and it makes me cringe when I see a really bad cover, By the way, I do really enjoy the cover for Schism, it is poignant without being cluttered.  Also, the juxtaposition of what I assume to be a M-4 Carbine and the teddy bear just killed me.  

~A good cover is essential to the success of a book, especially a self-published one. It is the first impression a reader will make about the pages inside. It should look crisp and uncluttered, and it should reflect some part of the plot or story. I’ve seen some self-published covers that are quite clever and look just as polished as books published traditionally. Then I’ve seen some covers with too many words and too many graphics that it’s difficult to tell what the genre could be, let alone the story or message the author wants to convey.~

 

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What is your favorite quote?
~“Tomorrow is promised to no one.”~

So enjoy the moment right? 

~Yup, like I did at this Marine Corps Ball.~

Marine Corp Ball

 

Which actor/actress would you like to see playing the lead character from your most recent book?
~I love this question because I’ve been picturing this novel in my head since 1995, so you can imagine the actresses who have shuffled through my brain over the years. Right now, I picture Elle Fanning as a possible actress to portray Andy, my heroine. She’s the right age, and if she could tomboy herself up a tad, she would be perfect. I also feel she has the potential to dig deep and reflect the hardships Andy endures in Schism and in the next two books.~

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Schism

By: Britt Holewinski
Pages: 264
Publisher: Delirious Pixie
Published on: March 15th 2016

"My name is Andrea Christensen. I'm one of the oldest oldest people in the world."
"Schism" is the first book in a new dystopian trilogy that tells a tale of survival, of good versus evil, and of constructing a future with only memories of childhood.
A government-created virus is accidentally released before testing is complete and within weeks it kills six billion people, children are the only survivors. Andy Christensen and her two friends travel across the country searching for a safe place to live, but nowhere, it seems, is capable of resurrection.
“SCHISM is an engrossing page turner that skillfully deals with dark subject matter in a compelling, through-provoking manner.” -IndieReader.com
“This apocalyptic teen drama’s character interactions may draw readers in, but its vigorous story will keep them hooked.” - Kirkus Reviews
“The author includes detailed character backgrounds that lend depth and believability. Below the surface of the story is a much deeper examination of human nature...and this makes the book truly fascinating. 5 Stars” ~ Foreword Reviews

Also by this author: Schism

About Britt Holewinski

Born in Boston, Britt Holewinski lived in six different houses across the United States during her childhood, sparking her interest to write about characters who must continually adapt to new situations and locations.

Early on, she dreamed of becoming an astronaut; however, shortly after completing her graduate degree, she was offered a job with the CIA. Her years working for the Agency opened her eyes to the world we live in and gave her rare glimpses of what living in a crumbling, post-apocalyptic world might be like.

In her spare time, Britt loves to go hiking anywhere with a view, learn French, and visit historical Revolutionary and Civil War sites along the East Coast.

After residing in the Washington DC area for fourteen years, she is currently living and writing full-time in Michigan. Schism is her debut novel.

 

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