An Exit Interview with Malerie Holte!
Please join us in welcoming the newest face to the Intern Hall of Fame, Malerie Holte! Malerie is an undergrad at Ohio State University and is currently gearing up to enjoy her first summer in Columbus. Although Malerie began working with us a few months ago, we just got around to doing an interview since she has been so busy making sure all you fine folks received your beloved Two Dollar Radio titles.
Unfortunately for us, Malerie's time with Two Dollar Radio has come to an end. She's been a real treat to work with and we'll definitely miss her around here. We want to give a big thank you and farewell to Malerie as she skates off into the sunset to enjoy her summer break.
Q: What are some of your interests/background?
MH: I write poetry, that’s what I go to school for! I love film and TV. They utilize so many different forms of creativity while being produced it is insane, so I try to watch as much as possible. And now that I’m in a bigger city (yay columbus!) I spend as much time as I can exploring neighborhood, trying new restaurants, and going to concerts.
Q: Can you name a few of your favorite indie press books?
MH: I love Marty McConnell’s wine for a shotgun which was printed under EM Press in 2012. And Cinco Puntos Press recently released a Young Adult work by Isabel Quintero called Gabi, a Girl in Pieces, that is just fantastic. It makes me really excited to know that indie press isn’t just for “adult” books.
Q: You were taking a publishing class at OSU simultaneously as interning with us. Was there anything that surprised you, or that you didn’t expect about the publishing process, after working with us?
MH: While I think I knew it subconsciously, interning here definitely taught me just how much of an intensive, hands on business publishing is. I love the tactile difference that indie press has over big press. Everyone involved with Two Dollar Radio works directly and really hard on projects. We talk to anyone we can to both share things about our books and make personal connections. This is where the heart and soul of publishing today lives: in small houses like Two Dollar Radio!
Q: You seem to be into music a good deal. Who are some of the bands you’re excited about?
MH: Oh god so many! Mansions keeps making sounds as if they are dropping something new soon. Emperor X and Hop Along are always go-to's of mine. And I totally blame Eric for this one, but Chet Faker and Banks did a song together last year, “1998,” and I heard it while working and can’t stop jamming to it!
Q: What’s your favorite thing to do in Columbus?
MH: Since I’m fairly new to the area I really just love exploring all the little neighborhoods like Clintonville and Discovery District. I try to go to as many concerts and restaurants as I can along the way. We have such great access to so many cool venues and artists!
Q: What’s the scariest/bravest thing you’ve ever done?
MH: Let me start by saying this is the opposite of brave. When I was 10 I was a little chubby and easily distracted by food. I lost my mom in a Walmart because I stared at a snowcone syrup display for too long. I ran around the store crying and eventually had someone at a department desk summon my mom over the intercom. I was terrified and haven’t looked at snowcones the same way since.
Q: If you could go on a date with anyone, real or fictional, who would it be and what would you do?
MH: Bret Ashley from The Sun Also Rises or Stana Katic. I have no idea what I’d do with Bret Ashley, probably something wild, but with Katic I’d just want to go on a hike. I’m not a hiker, but it would be beautiful and she could share all her life wisdom, music and book opinions with me!
Q: Schools out! What are you most looking forward to with your new found freedom?
MH: SHOWS!!! All of the concerts possible! But I also really want to learn how to skateboard.