From the Booking Desk:
I am unable to pinpoint exactly when Katrina entered my life; it’s almost like she has always been there, lending an ear and lending a hand. Most definitely, it started on social media – probably when I interrupted a conversation she and her husband, Chris Holm, where having via Twitter (while they were sitting on opposite sides of the same couch, mind you.) Since then, I have seen Katrina at each Bouchercon and it is always a highlight of the weekend. Since Katrina reviews for Publishers Weekly and Kirkus, much of her critical work is uncredited, but when her reviews run with a byline, it leaves no doubt that she is a discerning and intelligent reader dedicated to getting quality books into people’s hands. That said, she is also without a doubt a good, kind, and funny individual and I am thankful to know her. Let’s see how she tackled the composite sketch questions.
Name: Katrina Niidas Holm
Location: Portland, Maine
This person from my personal life is such an inspiration:
My father. He was an orphan who was born in Tallinn, Estonia in the 1930s. He survived occupations by the Nazis and the Soviets before immigrating to the United States as a teenager, where he taught himself to read with the help of comics and cartoons. He gave me my love of mysteries and taught me that anything is possible if you put your mind to it.
One of the people I admire most in the crime fiction community is:
Mary Higgins Clark, who got me hooked on domestic suspense novels back when I was ten. Her books have sold over 100 million copies, she’s published more than three dozen bestsellers, and she’s still going strong at age 89.
STALKER ALERT! If this fictional character were real, they would likely need to get a restraining order against me:
Izzy Spellman, the protagonist of Lisa Lutz’s brilliant Spellman books. I think there’s a good chance we were separated at birth.
People are always surprised that I am a fan of this individual (singer, actor, or artist):
I’ve always worn my fandom on my sleeve, so I’m not sure any answer I give would be surprising… Oh! Can I bend the rules a bit and go with a movie? Josie and the Pussycats is one of my favorite films of all time. It’s subversive pop genius, and I’ll fight anyone who says otherwise. (Literally. Just ask my husband, who is always forced to intervene.)
My personal catch phase is (or should be):
I love the Spellman books! They are so much fun.