Featured Interview With John Holliday
Tell us a little about yourself. Where were you raised? Where do you live now?
I grew up in England where I lived for a number of years with my grandfather. He was from a very interesting family from which I would find inspiration for my books much later in life. During my life I have lived in England, British Columbia and Ontario in Canada and I now live in Queensland Australia. My fascination with travel and history has drawn me to follow the life stories of some of my ancestors which led to my becoming a biographer.
At what age did you realize your fascination with books? When did you start writing?
For most of my life, my writing experience was dominated by business correspondence, proposals and technical publications. That was just a part of my life as an entrepreneur. It was not until the end of my business career that I realised that I had something interesting to write about which could result in a book that others might like to read. Hence the publication of my first book, 'Toughing It Out: Adventures of a Global Entrepreneur.' Since then I have published a book about my great, great, grandfather who was a famous missionary to China, in both English and Chinese editions.
Who are your favorite authors to read? What is your favorite genre to read. Who Inspires you in your writings?
I am fascinated by history and historical novels. Among my favourite writers are Robert Harris, Frederick Forsyth, Edward Rutherfurd, and Ken Follett.
Tell us a little about your latest book?
My latest book has been a challenge, a celebration and a source of frustration. The book is about one of the leaders in the American suffrage movement, who helped to win American women the vote, one hundred years ago this year. The challenge led to the completion of the book which resulted in the celebration. I was planning a three month tour of the USA this year in order to promote the book, but that was all cancelled because of the Covid pandemic. Hence the frustration.
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