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The Preacher’s Kid
How the story goes
picking a pen name
(Hey, I know it is not actually a legend – except in my own mind.)
The top three questions people ask about my book The Preacher’s Kid:
- Did that stuff really happen? Yes, some of it really happened, but not the way I tell it. It is a work of fiction that is loosely autobiographical. The characters are composites of people I have known. The locations are drawn from places I have been. It feels like real life because it is. Sort of.
- Why did you use a pen name? Well, I had a couple of reasons. First, I thought no one would remember my real name and if they did, they couldn’t spell it or pronounce it. Second, I thought, if no one reads the book and I die in anonymity, I will at least have left behind a tribute to my kids. This leads us to…
- How did you come up with that name, L. A. Holly? Speaking of my kids: I have three girls. Their names are Ashley, Holly, and Lacey. I played with their names for weeks while the story I was dying to tell worked itself out of me.
So, this is my book, but it’s our story. I imagined a hundred or so variations and combinations of their three names. When the idea of L.A. Holly hit me, I stopped looking, I knew I had found my pseudonym. You see, I love the California vibe of the name. My family and I lived in California for seven years. I accepted my first pastorate there. My baby, Lacey, was born there. It remains a favorite getaway spot for my wife and me.
Now that you know the story behind the name, meet the girls…
She and her wonderful husband Dylan live in Fort Worth, Texas, and that is just fine by me.
Oh! Holly writes, too. Read her here.
praise for the preacher’s kid
“What a great read! It will make you smile, make you laugh, make you cry and most definitely make you do some soul searching regarding your life. I found myself going back to my own childhood for the entire book! It is truly remarkable how cleverly the author does this as he guides you through the preacher’s kid’s own life. I believe anyone that is lucky enough to read it will appreciate just how good it is.”
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