“My courage (or cowardice?) gathered, I moved the gun to my temple and braced for the bullet’s impact.” That’s from Holly’s ROSA nominated submission. It’s a stirring piece that tackles sexuality and gender expectations. We asked Holly a few questions. Read on below.

The Ed: Tell us about your ambitions as a writer. Was sort of fiction do you like to write?

Holly Riordan: My ultimate goal in life is to be successful with my writing. I don’t write in order to make money and I certainly don’t wish for fame. When I began writing short stories in my young teens, they were all realistic and contained scenarios and emotions that are common in modern society. Since then, I’ve started to read more science fiction novels and tend to write about futuristic worlds. I now prefer to create societies of my own, which I believe makes my stories more unique, showcasing my individuality.

What role do paper books have in an increasing digital marketplace

Although many people are choosing to buy digital books over paperbacks and hardcovers, I believe that they will always be around. Digital books are convenient, but they lack the feel of concrete novels where a reader can physically turn a page and hold the weight of the book. I have purchased many digital books over the past year, but I will always find the traditional form of reading preferable.

What authors do you admire, or aspire to be like, and why?

Due to my love of alternate societies, I admire Veronica Roth, who wrote “Divergent” and “Insurgent.” The novels are unlike anything else I have read, with unique storylines and an impressive writing style. I aspire to one day create a novel or short story that is equally as compelling and thought provoking as anything I’ve read from Roth.

Tell us about an interesting habit you have when writing.

Whenever I try to picture a scenario or come up with a particular word for one of my stories, I find myself drawing pictures in the air. Without realizing it, I use dramatic hand movements in order to locate certain things