J.D. Holiday is the author and illustrator of four children’s books and a collection of short stories for adults, Stories and Imaginings For The Reading Spot.
Her children's books:
The Spy Game, a picture
The Great Snowball Escapade, a chapter book for six to nine year olds: http://jdholiday.blogspot.com/p/the-great-snowball-escapade.html
JANOOSE and the FALL FEATHER FAIR co-written with Luke Brandon Winski. It is a sequel to Janoose The Goose:
JD has had a chapbook of her short stories called, Trespasses published in 1994 and she has had short stories printed in literary magazines and numerous articles about writing and publishing published. She has hosted the Podcasts: The Authors' Words & Characters Gone Mad at Red River Radio at Blog Talk Radio: www.blogtalkradio.com/rrradio and the children's podcasts on It's Story Time, a children's reading radio show and Halo Kids Tales, a children's reading show with stories of faith.
Show are listed at: http://jdswritersblog.blogspot.com
Ms. Holiday lives in the Delaware Valley of Pennsylvania, USA.
Ms. Holiday lives in the Delaware Valley of Pennsylvania, USA.
Q&A with JD
What are your own children's books about? I have three children's books out right now.
Two picture books: Janoose The Goose and The Spy Game, and one chapter book for 6 to
9 year olds, The Great Snowball Escapade. All my stories are right out of my childhood.
For instance, my first name is Janice and Janoose The Goose was a nickname my dad called
me affectionately when I was very young. Once I was a teen he began calling me JD. As a
kid I loved sleigh riding and in the Great Snowball Escapade that is the favorite thing the
young girl in the story enjoys. My brother, Ike ask me to take this one puppy his dog, Sheba
had and that my brother named, Sidney Reilly after a spy series he and I watched together.
At the time I had a dog and didn't think my older dog would be happy with a new addition.
My brother felt sure this dog was for me and he kept it with that in mind. When the puppy
was 11 months old, my brother died of a heart attack, and Sidney came to me. I was wrong
to think that my dog, Snoopy and Sidney would not get along. They did in their own way.
Though this did not happen in real live, in The Spy Game I have my brother bring Sidney
to my character's house to live.
Describe your workspace.
It's an old piece of furniture, a bench the top flips down and you have a table.
The keyboard and monitor are in the center with a lamp behind them, the computer
tower on the left of it and the scanner/printer on the right. I also use a laptop
which I use sitting on the couch in my living room watching TV.
Do you have a favorite quote?
My favorite quote is "THERE are some people who live in a dream world,
and there are some who face reality; and then there are those who turn one into
the other," by D. H. Everett. I find this quote more fascinating because of who
Douglas H. Everett (1916 to2002) was. He was a practitioner and teacher of chemical thermodynamics which I even find hard to say. He wrote textbooks and published o
ver 200 scientific papers about his work. His most important book, published in
1959, when I was eight years old, was his Introduction to Chemical
Thermodynamics. Everett's hobbies were building scientific models mostly
to illustrate. He was also a musician and talented painter.
What are you currently reading?
I love mysteries, and right now I am reading books by both Cleo Coyle/Alice
Kimberly and Sandra Balzo: Holiday Buzz by Cleo Coyle and From
The Grounds Up by Sandra Balzo.
What is the best advice you've ever received?
I'd say it was, 'don't let how people treat you change the way you are
and stop smiling.'
If you could have coffee with anyone (living or dead, real or fictional)
who would it be and why?
It was be my parents. I would love to ask them questions I don't know the
answers to. Even though, I was 19 when my father died and 20 when my
mother died I felt like a child still in many ways. I would love to learn more
about them as an adult myself.
What are your top three favorite books?
To Kill A Mocking Bird by Harper Lee, Madam, Will You Talk by
Mary Stewart, and Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen.
What was your favorite book as a child?
The Secret Garden. My second grade teacher read it to us at the end
of every day.
What would you say is your most interesting writing quirk?
I stop and write anytime a story or part of a story come to me. The problem is
I have to write it down right away or I forget it. I end up jotting notes down on
any piece of paper, I can find and stick all the notes into a binder that I have to go
through one by one as I type my manuscripts. I have tried to be more organized
but I can't change this.
If you could do anything in the world, what would it be?
I guess it would be to make a couple of my manuscripts into movies.
What is the craziest thing you ever did? This could be as a writer or
any other time in your life.
Well, people who know me will say that I have never done anything in my
life that was crazy, and I would agree. I have always felt that doing what
I think is the right thing at all times is how I live my life.
Did you feel like a celebrity when you held your first published book?
No. It's funny to me now, but I was just so glad I was able to accomplish
it finally. It was a long time in coming.
If you could have a star like on Hollywood Blvd, who would you want to
have your star by?
I don't know if Harper Lee has a star on the Hollywood Blvd., but it she did,
I would like it to be by hers. Her story, To Kill a MockingBird meant a great
deal to me. It was always clear that there were great injustices in the world
and in that story it was never more clear.
Is there anything in your life you wish you could do over and why?
Yes, there are a few things I would like to have changed along the way. The
problem is, if I could do that, would those changes have altered the course
I'm on for the better? They might not have and I feel that things are very good
for me today.
Who has been your biggest support or inspiration?
Early on, there wasn't anyone who supported my writing. No one thought
it would be useful or a way for me to make a living. Though now, everyone
in my family and close friends support me. And my grandson, Luke is my
biggest support. I also know that if my father had been alive when I started
writing, he would have been my biggest supported at that time, because he
was a writer as well.
Could you share about any current writing projects?
Yes, I am working on pictures to a sequel to my first children picture book,
Janoose The Goose called The Fall Feather Fair co-written with my
grandson when he was 6 years old. Luke is now 10.
What would be the best way for readers to contact you?
I can be found on
Where can people find your book?
My books can be bought on Amazon and Barnes & Noble on line and ordered in bookstores.
~THERE are some people who live in a dream world, and there are some who face reality; and then there are those who turn one into the other.~ D. H. Everett
~Just remember, writers are the only adults who get to spend all day in their pajamas playing with
imaginary friends.~ Paul Bishop
~I can't explain the complete satisfaction I get when I finish a painting only to say it is as close to when someone who loves me says, "I understand."~ JD Holiday
The Best Judge of a Person's Character is by how they treat you -- not from malicious talk by Vilifiers. ~ J.D. Holiday