Friday, July 26, 2013

Interview with Carolyn Holland and Kef Hollenbach Authors of Seeds of Transition

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Tell us a little about your latest or upcoming release.

Presently, we are working on Stems of Discord, the second book in “The Genesis Project” series. All of our favorite characters return, and new ones will appear as The Genesis Project more challenges as the project continues its quest to reestablish food security and expands its efforts into our water crisis. Our heroes work smarter, our villains become bolder and the plot thickens.

Are you a mom (or parent)?

Carolyn is the mother of three grown children and step-mom to three more. Ours was a very busy household for many years.

Kef has a son and daughter.

If yes do you find it hard to juggle writing and parenting?

Well, as our children are grown now, I don’t exactly face many challenges juggling writing and family, but there was a time when balance between work and family was a very real challenge. Particularly hard for us was meal times for our growing family. It was a struggle and a lot of work to keep fast food off our table and fresh foods on it, but rewarding nonetheless.

Have you ever based your book or characters on actual events or people from your own life?

Not so much individuals but I have met people and know people whose personality dynamics are just too hard to resist, and I have developed characters fashioned after them.
Some of the extreme weather events written about in Seeds of Transition are fashioned after some of Carolyn’s own personal experiences with hurricane events.

Is there a theme or message in your work that you would like readers to connect to?

In writing Seeds of Transition, it was our hope that through an entertaining fiction work, we might be able to inspire people to think about the future of Agriculture, and to stop and realize, wow…this really is everybody’s problem. While our agriculture system is having a major impact on our environment, our environment is likewise having a major impact on agriculture. I think it is a reality that we are going to have to change the way we grow our food in the very near future.

When you’re not writing what do you do? Do you have any hobbies or guilty pleasures?

In summer, my husband and I raise a large organic garden. We very much enjoy experimenting with different varieties of vegetables and sharing these with our community. We also keep chickens and delight in sharing these organic fresh eggs with our neighborhood. It makes us feel good inside knowing that the neighbor kids are eating our eggs before they rush out the door for school in the mornings.

 We very much enjoy nature and we take at least two, weeklong primitive camping trips per year in the mountains. While there, we like to look for wild edibles and catch fish to sustain us. It is hard to explain it, but it reminds us deep down inside that we are a part of nature, and not elevated above it.

If this book is part of a series…what is the next book? Any details you can share?

Presently, we are working on the second book in “The Genesis Project” series titled Stems of Discord. All of our favorite characters will return, and many new ones will appear as The Genesis Project continues its quest to reestablish food security and expands its efforts into our water crisis. Our heroes work harder and our villains become bolder.

 What is in your to read pile?

Carolyn is eagerly awaiting the release of Veronica Roth’s third book in the “Divergent” series titled Allegiant. I am also dying to read the fourth book in George R.R. Martins “Song of Ice and Fire”: series titled A Feast For Crows. Although this title is available, and I do own the book, I have been too busy to pick it up. I am saving it as a special treat for after we have finished Stems of Discord.

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Seeds Of Transition
The Genesis Project Book One
Carolyn Holland
Co-Author: Kef Hollenbach

Genre: Speculative-Fiction, Science-Fiction

Date of Publication: July 19, 2013

ISBN: 978-1482657647

Number of pages: 150 pages
Word Count: 54,184
Cover Artist: Shae Thoman

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Book Description:

Seeds Of Transition: Book One - The Genesis Project is full of gripping adventure, psychological thrills, and emotional conflict from start to finish.

As the world’s population approaches 10 billion people, and severe weather extremes impact crop and livestock production, the demand for and price of food is rising. The American government, as well as other powerful individuals, find themselves looking for intelligent, albeit unlikely heroes in the world of academia.

Jarod Farra, a professor of agriculture at Cornell University, quickly finds himself at the forefront of both his longstanding dreams, and perhaps, some of his worst fears. Out of the turmoil and fear of an impending international food shortage, a range of characters come together to perform an experiment that will forever change the world as we know it, and provide new hope for generations to come.

About the Authors:       

Carolyn Holland grew up during the 70’s in the coastal wetlands of North Carolina in a small, rural fishing village. She married right after high school and started her family, in the same community where she grew up. Though life took her to other places, she lived in the Appalachians for a time and later in Alabama, she found herself drawn back to her roots in Coastal North Carolina. With her three children grown now, she resides there still with her husband James Holland, a retired US Marine.


Kef Hollenbach was born and raised in Kentucky, USA. Going into business management after graduating from university yielded an eclectic set of experiences ranging from production work to mid-level management to business owner.

The very proud parent of a son and daughter and husband to a deeply appreciated wife, Kef revels in learning new things and visiting new places. With a strong propensity for sharing, he strives to weave his experiences and what he has learned into all of his writing.

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DarkStarSmiling said...

Hi, I was wondering how long it took you to write Seeds of Transition?

Carolyn Holland said...

Hi there, thanks so much for commenting !
Seeds of Transition took some time. We actually started the writing process in December 2012. Most of that month and January 2013 was spent researching and developing our story.
Because of the nature of the story and the fact that we had planned from the start that Seeds of Transition would be the first book in The Genesis Project Trilogy, the research and development is ongoing.
It took us seven months to get this first book ready for publication that is from the planning stage to final edit.
Thanks again for your question, I hope you're having a great day !
Carolyn Holland