Meet Our Writers–Q&A With Holly Combs

HollyHolly Combs lives in coastal Virginia with her husband, a child on the way and several four legged friends of the equine, canine, caprine and marsupial kinds. She is the Director of Integrated Media for an international humanitarian aid organization and in her free time enjoys reading, creative writing, horseback riding, and having adventures of all sorts.

Holly enjoys a variety of genres from contemporary suspense to classic British literature. She holds a B.S. in Equestrian Studies: Journalism and Publications and an M.A. in Journalism.

SOTP: When did you start reviewing, and what is the first book you remember reviewing?

Holly: I started reviewing books in 2012, I don’t recall the first book I reviewed!

SOTP: Have your reading tastes changed since you started reviewing?

Holly: I think to an extent my reading tastes are always changing. I’m growing and I find myself being pickier and more demanding of the books I read. I believe in good literature!

SOTP: What book has surprised you the most in your time reviewing? (Perhaps something you wouldn’t normally have picked up, outside of your comfort genre, etc)

Holly: I think Still Alice by Lisa Genova surprised me. It isn’t one I would have picked up on my own, but I’m really glad that I read it and I think it opened my eyes to the struggle of others in a new way.

SOTP: What’s the first book you remember reading? (It still counts if someone else read it to you if you were too young to read!)

Holly: The first book I read all the way through by myself was a Little Critter book by Mercer Mayer titled Me Too!

SOTP: If you’re stuck at home on a sick day, what comfort book can you count on to always cheer you up?

Holly: Pride and Prejudice is my ultimate comfort book, but I’d need a sick week, not just a sick day.

SOTP: If you could only read one book for the rest of your life (I know, the horror!), which book do you think you could read a hundred times without getting bored of it?

Holly: Is it cliché to say the Bible? There are so many great stories and lessons to be learned with each fresh reading.

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