Swoon Spotlight: Holly West — YA Romance
Welcome back to Swoon Spotlight! Our daily feature where we introduce you to a Swoon Reads staff member, who has volunteered their time, energy, and enthusiasm to the imprint–while still being amazing at their regular jobs! This week we are shining the spotlight on Holly West. Check back every day this week at 2 p.m. to lean more about Holly, her job, and her thoughts on life in publishing.
What made you want to be involved with Swoon Reads?
I’ve always loved the genre, and as soon as I heard Jean talking about it, I knew that this could be something special and different, and that I wanted to be a part of it.
What do you like most about working with books for young adults?
Well, first, I just love to read the genre, and also, I think that they are important. Books for children and young adults can broaden horizons, teach the power of dreams, and show that you aren’t alone and the world can be a different place than the one you know.
What’s your favorite genre of romance?
While I read many different kinds of romance, a look at any of my shelves will show you that most of my keepers are paranormal and historical (especially Regencies). And I’m always a sucker for a good Fantasy novel!
What’s the first romance you ever read?
Janette Oke’s Canadian West series (When Calls the Heart, When Comes the Spring, When Breaks the Dawn, and When Hope Springs New). A Canadian Mountie and a Prairie Schoolteacher fall in love over the course of four books. My grandmother got them for me, and I re-read them several times. But the first romance book I ever bought for myself was Julie Garwood’s CASTLES. (And I still have it on my keeper shelf at home.)