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Hope Bolinger

Hope Bolinger

Question: What is your greatest difficulty when writing fiction, and how do you overcome it?

My greatest difficulty is battling depression while writing. Overcoming it? Oh, goodness. That's a good question. I wish there was a good answer. A lot of chocolate, a lot of prayer, and a lot of tears tends to go a long way. And, of course, a lot of Parks and Rec. binging.

But in all seriousness, it begins with me planted on my bed in the morning, as if someone has covered my entire body in drying cement. It begins with me chanting internally, "I know you don't believe you can. Do it anyway." It begins with me rolling out of bed, facing the computer screen, and writing until I feel again.

About Hope Bolinger

Hope Bolinger is a literary agent at C.Y.L.E. and a YA novelist. Her YA debut "Den" was contracted by Illuminate YA when she was still in college (to be released June 3, 2019).

More than 250 of her works have been featured in various publications, works ranging from short plays to a memoir about a World War II Veteran, published by Taylor University Press. She has edited the work of 50+ authors such as Michelle Medlock Adams and Jerry B. Jenkins. In her "free" time, she likes to do theater, handbells, choir, tennis, and anything she can before her family and friends yell at her to stop over committing.

She can be found at and on just about every social media platform.

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