On the eve of her second book release, Grantsville author Holli Anderson said her paranormal series for teens has begun to gain steam, particularly with local audiences.
The new book, “Five: Out of the Pit” picks up more or less where the first book left off. It follows the adventures of five teens with special abilities, one of which is the capability to see paranormal beings hidden to the rest of the world.
Unlike the first book, which is set in Seattle, the new release takes place closer to home, in Moab, Utah. Both books were published through Curiosity Quills, a Virginia-based authors’ cooperative.
Although Anderson has traveled out-of-state to meet with the series’ nation-wide fanbase, she said the bulk of her audience is located within Utah. The Grantsville community has been especially supportive, she said.
With the release of her first book last August, Anderson said she received a letter from Grantsville City Mayor Brent Marshall, and the Grantsville City Library threw a release party for the community.
She already has plans for a second Grantsville library release party scheduled for April 22, despite arrangements with larger events such as the upcoming Comic Con in Salt Lake City, where she will be present from April 17–19. Annual Comic Con conventions, which celebrate all science fiction- and fantasy-related media, are held in various locations across the nation. Salt Lake City’s first convention drew 72,000 attendees last year.
“They [the Grantsville community] have been awesome, and the library’s just been great,” Anderson said.
Most of Grantsville was surprised when she announced the release of her first book, Anderson said. Although she grew up in Grantsville, she wasn’t much of a writer early in life.
“In high school, I only wrote if I had to for class,” she said. “A lot of people, including my family, were surprised.”
Anderson has become increasingly public with her writing since then. In addition to publishing and traveling to events, she said she has made writing at the Grantsville City Library part of her daily routine. Instead of heading home directly after work — Anderson is a registered nurse and ER director at Mountain West Medical Center — she now stops by the library to write for a few hours. It helps maintain her productivity, she said.
This latest installment is part of what Anderson hopes to make a successful, ongoing series for teen readers. More information about her writing and upcoming events is available at www.holli-anderson.com.