Author S. Hollisway

S. Hollisway, the S standing for Shaye. The name comes partially from her artistic muse and mentor for the majority of her adult life and one of her literary inspirations, Ernest Hemingway. S. Hollisway always considered herself a creative person. Her experience includes blogging, writing for, and several magazines. S. Hollisway says her favorite thing about being a writer is hearing how her words affected someone in a positive way. It makes her feel like she is making an impact and helping people heal.

PWH: What sparked your interest in writing?

SH: My interest in writing started when I was younger. I loved reading anything I could get my hands on and I wanted to create work that people would love to read and in turn, would fall in love with.

PWH: At what point did it hit you that you really are an Author?

SH: I think the first time I considered myself an author was when I would submit my work in competitions and they would place in between 1st and 5th place consistently. I’d have notebooks and notebooks full of stories and that’s when I think that when I realized that I had it in me to be an author.

PWH: What motivated the title “Scarred and Faceless”?

SH: The title came from one of the poems that I wrote that was titleless for a while that was included in the book. The more I read through the poetry collection the more I felt the title of that poem encompassed the whole theme of the book.

PWH: What message do you hope readers receive when reading your work?

SH: Well, I would consider myself a cynical hopeless romantic which is a bit of an oxymoron. I say that to say that the message I hope to convey is that life is difficult. It’s a roller coaster. If you can compartmentalize life and ride out the bad times then it makes the good times so much more worthwhile and sustainable.

PWH: What advice do you have for upcoming writers, specifically poets?

SH: The greatest advice I’ve heard as a poet is finding your niche is important. Build a following; I would recommend Twitter, with like-minded people who crave and enjoy your work. Building that community of poets and other writers is vital because the support they offer not only with positive words of encouragement and your work is shared as well.

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