About the Author:
Steena Holmes grew up in a small town in Canada and holds a bachelor’s degree in Theology. She is the author of two previous novels, Chocolate Reality and Finding Emma. In 2012, she received the Indie Excellence Award. Holmes enjoys writing stories other mothers of young children can relate to. She currently lives in Calgary with her husband and three daughters and loves to wake up to the Rocky Mountains each morning.
Q: How was writing the "Emma" series different from writing "Dear Jack"?
With 'Dear Jack', I was able to focus more on Dottie and her character - which I loved. She is such a strong woman and I wanted readers to understand her a bit more and get more depth on her and Jack's history together. I really enjoyed just focusing on them - it was fun!
Q: What prompted you to write a second novel about Emma in "Emma's Secret"?
My readers! When I wrote Finding Emma, I never intended to write a follow-up - but I had so many readers email me asking for more details about Jack and Emma that I couldn't 'not' write Emma's Secret. And I'm so glad I did!
Q: A proceed of every sale from "Finding Emma" went to help the "Missing Children Society of Canada." Did you always feel drawn to this organization or did the concept of your book lead you to help this organization in particular?
While researching about missing children, I came across "MCSC" and realized they were a local charity that I could get involved with. I love being able to donate sales from Finding Emma to them. Every little bit helps.
Q: Can we expect more books about Emma and her family in the future?
Not at this time. There is a storyline in Emma's Secret that I might develop more in the future - but it's of Mary and Dottie.
Q Who is your favorite character in "Emma's Secret" and are they similar to anyone you know in real life?
Jack. He's my favorite. He's a combination of my father and my grandfather and I used my maiden name for him. He's the perfect grandfather. He loves Dottie with all his heart and would do anything for her. He's selfless and gruff - but like a teddy bear :)
Q: Are there any new series in the making?
There is! One I'm very excited about. It'll be a 5 book series centered around a small town and how it handles a terrible tragedy. Book One will be released in the Fall. Keep an eye on my website - www.steenaholmes.com for more information!
As this was my first blog tour ever, I have had a great experience and I look forward to more upcoming tours!