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Friday, January 25, 2013

Meet Iris Bolling

Today, I introduce you to Iris Bolling. Iris is the author of nine novels. Iris was born in Richmond, Virginia, has a Bachelor of Science degree in Organizational Management. For 25 years she has worked for the State of Virginia providing management, training, and professional development consultation for the state workforce.
In April of 2010 Iris was named Debut Author the Year, at the Romance Slam Jam conference. Her first novel, Once You've Touched the Heart has been nominated for the Readers Choice Award with Shades of Romance Magazine for, Romance Book of the Year and Self-Published Fiction Book of the Year. Iris Bolling had been nominated for New Author of The Year, Self-Published Author of the Year, Romance Author of the Year and Author of the Year. I hope after learning more about Iris, you'll add her to your bookshelf, Kindle, Nook, iPad or any other e-reader.

Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?
Professionally I’m a trainer. I teach and develop the employee workforce for an agency. I’m also an author (I love saying that). Personally, I’m a happy woman with a man I love very much. A son who makes me proud to be a mother and several nieces and nephews I play mother too. I will tell anyone that asks, I’m not perfect but I’m the best me I can be. I love to smile and make others smile. Oh, I can’t dance.

Tell us about your current book.
My current novel The Pendleton Rule, is about an entertainment Agent who lost the love of his life due to fear of commitment issues. When her life is threatened, he becomes involved in a chase for an assassin. He then becomes the target. To protect both of them he elicits an intriguing group of friends, who bring a lot of action to add to the drama between him and his lady love.

What do you do when you are not writing?
Spend time with my family who patiently listen to my story ideas, cook, clean and feed me when I’m in my writing zone. I love watching sports, baseball, football, and basketball. My favorite pastime is reading.

When did you first start writing and when did you finish your first book?
I began writing in 2007 and published my first novel, Once You've Touched The Heart, in 2008.

How did you choose the genre you write in and what’s the genre?
That was easy, Romance - Suspenseful Romance. I love being in love and seeing others in love.

Where do you get your ideas?
Most of my novels touch on community or social issues, such as politics, education, and most of all family. Ideas come from music, a news article or a family story told by my elders.

When you wrote Once You've Touched The Heart, did you have any intentions of turning it into a series?
No, Once You've Touched The Heart was originally one book. It was over eight hundred pages long. I still laugh about that original document. I took the story, added a few more characters and it ended up being a six book series.

Do you write with an outline, or do you just write?
I just write. Outlines limit me to that idea. When I’m writing, I want an open slate.It gives even me, the write the element of surprise because I never know where the characters might lead me.

Have you ever gone out in public with your shirt on backwards or your slippers on and when realizing it, said forget it?
LOL! No, however, I did go out once when socks fell out of my pants. I was at an event, when one of my friends called out, “Hey Iris, you dropped something.” I looked back and my girlfriends was standing there with one of my socks in her hand, laughing. Thank goodness it was clean and not underwear.

How can readers contact you?
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