This is part 5 and the conclusion of my interview with Alexandra Holzer, daughter of Hans Holzer who was known as “Father of the Paranormal” and “Father of Ghost Hunting.”
Find out how you can chat with Alexandra LIVE during a ghost investation at The Shanley Hotel. Details following the conclusion of this interview.
Alexandra, I am attending the TusCon 36 Sci-Fi, Horror and Fantasy Literary Convention, November 13th through the 15th here in Tucson. Do you have any advice for aspiring Tucson writers in this genre?
Just write and write some more. Get it out and then go back to it with edits and don’t over work your work. If you find yourself doing too many rewrites you are doomed and will go mad.
Seriously, trust yourself, first and foremost, and trustthat your desire to write comes from within. The rest will happen. Writing is a slow, torturous process and you need to be strong to keep at it.
Your mind writes quicker than thy fingers to the keyboard. I remember watching my father type away on his Smith-Corona and using white-out and cursing a bit off and on as he smacked the carriage return lever to get to the next line. Ding. If you have distractions like children, chores, etc. in life, it takes longer but you’ll get there.
On publishing there are two routes you can go. Back in the day all there was, was the traditional route in which the publisher did all the work from editing to promoting. They paid an advanced fee if what they felt the book would sell in a certain amount of time. The author would embark on speaking engagements and book signings at reputable stores.
Today, traditional still exists, but unless [the author is] well-known or up there in ranks, advances don’t exist and the author has to work very hard to tell the world about your new title.
The second route is self-publishing like a Lulu.com or Amazon.com in which you pay to have your own work published, distributed and sold. It all depends on what you can afford and what option suits you best in. I have done both and I prefer traditional.
Question 7: I married a skeptic. Is your husband a believer in the paranormal?
He became more [of a believer] when I had my awakening over six-years ago. His uncle came through and I started rambling off to him about this gold cross that was from his confirmation and his uncle was yelling at me to him where he lost it and how reckless he was. Youth. What can you do? Many others for him and his friends started crowding my living room and it became a great big spirit party.
You know he has such great respect for my late father and those two were history buffs. So every year my father would get excited in gifting these huge coffee table books on the Civil War, Presidents, Nostradamus, Dracula and Castles. It was a love affair for literature and history. The spirit side came from me once I awoke back to my roots and all my childhood experiences having to deal with all that I didn’t want to when young. The main reason of that awakening was to get me back into my first love, writing. It was a spirit push and today I look back and am amazed how it works over there. I am lucky because some people never awaken and finish out their life path missing out on so much life. That’s how I see it anyway.
Thank you, Alexandra for chatting with me. I had so many more questions. Fortunately, there’s an opportunity for fans to ask more questions this weekend!
Chat with Alexandra during a LIVE broadcast this weekend during a live online ghost investigation at The Shanley Hotel!
WHEN? Friday, November 13th , 2009 at 8:00 pm ET (Friday the 13th!) & Saturday November 14th at 10:00 pm ET. WHERE? Online on GTV. Facebook users can also become a fan of GTV’s Facebook Page to receive reminders of the event.
After the LIVE event, stay up to date with Alexandra anytime, five different ways:
Facebook group for women in the paranormal field to interact with each other (and with Alexandra): Woman In The Paranormal
Facebook Fan Page for Alexandra Holzer
Facebook Group: In Memory of Dr. Hans Holzer
MySpace: Haunting Holzer
Or keep up with Alexandra Holzer, via her website.