• Philosophy student Hollie Thubron talks about her debut novel ‘Insane’

    Today I welcome new author Hollie Thubron to my blog.

    "Hi everyone!

    I hope you are all having an amazing day. My name is Hollie Thubron and I am now launching my debut novel!

    First off, I want to thank Natasha for allowing me to be a guest on her blog and talk to you guys!

    I'm going to talk a little bit about myself, my book and my marketing strategy.

    Insane is a psychological thriller about a serial killer. She kills because she enjoys it. You might call her insane, but who are you to judge?

    1. What made you want to write a book?

    I wanted to write this book because I have a fascination with philosophy. Being a philosophy student, I have studied many of the moral theories that have been proposed and from this, I realised that since there is no agreed morality, then there is no universal morality. Morality is individual and personal. So what I think is right and wrong, won't be the same as what you think is right and wrong - but that doesn't make either of us right or wrong! I have also found that most stories - portrayed through books or TV - that have the "villain" as the "protagonist" create a sympathetic backstory. I don't like this. Why can't we take something at face value? Why can't we accept someone, even if we don't understand them? This is why I wrote Insane.

    2. Tell us about you and where you live.

    I live on the outskirts of London and have done all my life. I am a 19 year old student of philosophy and maths. Along with this being my debut novel, I am also a singer-songwriter. I have 2 singles out and am currently working on an EP. I used to be a affiliated horse rider - but I gave it up to pursue music. But writing? That has been something I have always done. I have written several "novels" as a child, I always loved creating new stories.

    3. What have you written and what are you working on now?

    Insane is my debut novel, so that is the only one I currently have to my name. But I am really loving the book community and after the launch of this book, I have an idea I am going to start working on - I am pretty sure it hasn't been done before so it's going to be quite tricky to do, but if all goes well I should have another book out this time next year!

    4. How do you market your books and do your promotion methods work?

    Initially, I was adamant about getting an agent and publisher. I bought the writers' and artists' yearbook and contacted over 300 agencies and publishers - no luck. I wasn't disheartened though! I knew that my book was controversial and not for everyone, so I started to look into self-publishing. At first, the idea was so daunting and seemed almost impossible to do successfully. However, after extensive research, I came up with a plan. Unfortunately, since my book is only just launching, I can't say for certain if my marketing strategy is successful, but I certainly have high hopes.

    I first started by building up my social media accounts for the book - all from scratch. Engaging in the communities and getting contacts - and fans. I have had the most luck on Instagram, but it's different for everyone. I also had a very specific and detailed timeline of social media posts leading up to the launch - including character reveals, a book trailer, sample chapters and giveaways. This is something I will definitely keep up after the launch as well, to keep the buzz going. Having a launch party was important for me, because not only is writing and publishing a book a great achievement, it looks professional and official to host a launch party - and it is great for social media. Lastly, after the launch I am going to have a continuous rota of sales on my Kindle edition (full price, 99p and free) and advertise this using recommended services I got online.

    5. Where can readers find your book for sale?

    You can find my book on Amazon - in both paperback and kindle versions. You can also check out my website for blog posts and if you are interested in any upcoming giveaways, then please follow my socials!

    Thank you for taking the time to read this and if you like the sound of my book and decide to check it out, please let me know what you think! I would love to hear your thoughts."

    If you would like to get a copy of Hollie's new book then please visit Amazon at:https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/1540466183

    It was great to hear your story Hollie, I wish you all the best for your writing career.

    Natasha :)

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