July 14, 2016
Welcome to our Tour Stop for
Baby Doll by Hollie Overton!
We are thrilled to have Hollie on the blog today talking about writing novels vs. writing for the screen!
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Follow the rest of the tour by checking out the tour schedule at the end of the post!
"What a compulsive read! A brilliant first novel that kept me transfixed and entertained until the very last page." -- Tess Gerritsen, New York Times bestselling author of Die Again
Escape was just the beginning.
Held captive for eight years, Lily has grown from a teenager to an adult in a small basement prison. Her daughter Sky has been a captive her whole life. But one day their captor leaves the deadbolt unlocked.
This is what happens next... to Lily, to her twin sister, to her mother, to her daughter—and to her captor.
For fans of Gone Girl and Girl on the Train, BABY DOLL is the most tense thriller you will read this year.
Recently, I found an old journal from seventh grade and one of my goals was to publish a novel before I was twenty-five. I admire my optimistic younger self, but that didn’t happen. Instead, I spent years pursuing an acting career and when that didn’t work out, writing for film and TV seemed to be a natural progression.
The trouble with wanting to write a book and actually doing it was that I loved books so much I couldn’t shake my fear that I’d never measure up (a fear I’m hoping to one day overcome). When I started writing BABY DOLL, I called it my “new project” instead of a novel to help take the pressure off. After I’d completed the first draft, I couldn’t believe I’d written 300 pages! I’ve never been prouder (and neither has my seventh grade self)!
My screenwriting background definitely shaped my novel-writing process. In a TV script, you have fifty to sixty pages to tell a story. That means you must always push things forward. There simply isn’t time to waste. While I was writing BABY DOLL, I wanted readers to keep turning the pages so I consciously thought about plot twists and turns. But my main focus was always on the characters. They are the foundation for every great story, whether it’s a book or a TV show. In fact, I discovered some of the plot twists that happen in BABY DOLL after I’d already written a draft. The whole time I was writing I kept thinking about who the characters were and what they wanted. Writing a novel is the hardest thing I’ve ever done. But my TV background gave me a solid storytelling foundation. The rest was simply trial and error.
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Monday (July 11)
Hollie Overton stops by NovelNovice.com to introduce Baby Doll and share the personal experiences that inspired the book.
Tuesday (July 12)
Hollie Overton guest posts on TheReadingDate.com to talk about being an identical twin herself, and who her favorite fictional twins are.
Wednesday (July 13)
BookingMama.net shares a Q&A with Hollie Overton, and divulges on her writing process, book #2, and what are her current reading recommendations.
Thursday (July 14)
Hollie Overton – a TV writer for shows such as Cold Case, The Client List, and Shadowhunters – stops by Chapter-by-Chapter.com to talk about the difference between writing a novel and writing for the screen, and how her TV experience helped her draft a suspenseful and multi-perspective thriller.
Friday (July 15)
Read an exclusive excerpt from Baby Doll on OnceUponaTwilight.com.