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Holly Brown lives with her husband and daughter in the San Francisco Bay Area, where she's a practicing marriage and family therapist. She is the author of the novels DON'T TRY TO FIND ME, A NECESSARY END, and THIS IS NOT OVER. Her latest is HOW FAR SHE'S COME, a workplace thriller that's both timely and page-turning.

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Holly Brown I aim to prevent it as best I can. Prevention, for me, means that I'm never looking at a blank page. I always have the next scene planned out, at a…moreI aim to prevent it as best I can. Prevention, for me, means that I'm never looking at a blank page. I always have the next scene planned out, at a minimum (usually, I have 3-4 chapters planned, with notes at the top of the page to tell me what scenes need to be written.) This method has been pretty effective.
But on the rare days when I have writer's block, I don't force myself to continue. Because that would create a negative association and generally, I have a positive one with my writing. So I give myself the day off, without any self-flagellation. Remember, beating yourself up is the most reliable way to extend your writer's block! Be supportive of yourself, and you'll do much better work.(less)
Holly Brown I'm about a quarter of the way through a first draft, and my agent feels optimistic, but since I haven't sold it yet, I'm going to keep the…moreI'm about a quarter of the way through a first draft, and my agent feels optimistic, but since I haven't sold it yet, I'm going to keep the particulars to myself. I will say, though, that NPR is a treasure trove of ideas for me. Since I write contemporary fiction, I need to stay immersed in what's going on right now. With "Don't Try to Find Me", I happened to catch an episode on NPR that featured Tony Loftis, whose daughter had run away and he'd successfully launched a social media campaign to find her. I took that germ of an idea and fictionalized the bejesus out of it.
My next book will be published in July 2015 (currently titled "More Than Anything" but that's likely to be changed) and was also fertilized by an idea: Potential adoptive parents are using websites to find birth mothers, almost like online dating, and the process is ripe for manipulation (which, as a writer, I can turn into suspense.) And my current book was also vaguely suggested by an NPR story. So I owe them a debt of gratitude, and a monthly pledge. (less)
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Don't Try to Find Me

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This Is Not Over

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A Necessary End

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How Far She's Come

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Loved the concept, love the writing, love the Hammond family and the intricacies of their relationships to one another. It was suspenseful and poignant, which is my favorite combination. It really captured parental love in all its wonder and pain and ...more
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