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I am a speculative fiction writer who roams and writes in the Pacific Northwest with my husband, children, and a dragon’s hoard of leather journals. I’m the author of Unusual Diction and will be releasing a new fantasy novel, Daughters of Fire and Sea: Book One, later this year.

I was born in Oregon, United States. My family moved to the Northern Californian coast when I was a year old, and I spent my childhood running wild along ocean cliffs, and through wonderous, tunneling forts inside my father’s woodpile. I was a child of sunlight and sea-soaked sand and always had a book or pen in my hand. I’ve always loved thick, mysterious forests and towering craggy mountains, so I’m happy to now call Washington home.

I could never quite decide what I wanted to do outside of writing, so I jumped in and out of school for many years pursuing marine biology (despite having an irrational fear of deep water and not enthused with swimming), archaeology with an emphasis on Egyptology, forensic anthropology, cybersecurity in the FBI (never actually applied to the FBI, but I did begin prep courses), and art history.

The hunger for magic has been in my blood for as long as I can remember, and as a child, I would always go for the thickest fantasy novels I could find. I grew up on epic fantasy (thank you, Steven Erikson, Terry Goodkind, Robert Jordan, and Melanie Rawn), anything with a dragon in it (all the Pern novels), and Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys. My love for fantasy and detective stories, with an emphasis on murder mysteries, persists to this day.

I love complex and defiant female characters, who fight their own battles and have a fondness for knives. If I’m not child wrangling, making homemade donuts (sadly a rare occurrence these days) or writing, I’m probably off wandering the mountains.

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Holly Reads a Story:

You can also hear some of my stories read aloud on my podcast, Holly Reads a Story. Episodes are less than 5 minutes so perfect for listening to while brewing your favorite cuppa.

Stories Published

Caught,” 101 Fiction, Issue 21, December 2018.
Mama’s Chest of Bones,” Wyrd & Wyse, Issue the Fourth, December 2018.
“Lawbringer,” Wyrd & Wyse, Issue the Third, September 2018.
Eyesore,” 101 Fiction, Issue 19, June 2018.
“A Wish in the Dark,” Wyrd & Wyse, Issue the First, December 2017.
Unusual Diction: A Collection of Character-Driven Flash Fiction, Available in paperback or for Kindle, June 2015.


Author photos were taken by Jeanna Rice Photography. I highly recommend a session with Jeanna if you are in the Seattle area.


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