My name is Holly. I’m a children’s writer, storyteller and performer with a penchant for the magical, supernatural and macabre.
I grew up in Wales where I spent hours at my little desk, drawing and writing stories in jumpers hand-knitted by my Grandma. A lot of this time was also spent reading stories by Roald Dahl and wishing that I was Pippi Longstocking. (I still do)
As a (very over-confident!) teenager I spent my time acting, and was lucky enough to play the role of meany Drusilla Paddock in the CITV adaptation of Jill Murphy’s The Worst Witch. It was a life-changing experience and I got to spend three months of every year filming in London and Canada with a gang of equally precocious teenage girls. Quite naturally, mischief ensued…
After that, and adamant that I wasn’t going to spend my days in an office wearing a beige suit, I tried my hand at many things including acting, selling soap, juicing, film-making and even managing a posh delicatessen. Nothing ever quite felt right.
Having eventually found a passion working as a children’s drama facilitator and storyteller, I decided to have a go at writing for children. I started penning a story about a tenacious young inventor named Demelza, and soon realised that I never wanted to stop. With a rough draft of Demelza Clock & The Spectre Detectors in hand, I was accepted onto Golden Egg Academy’s Foundation Year in 2017, and have never looked back.
A year later I was offered representation by the brilliant The Viney Shaw Agency and have found a very happy home there.
In my spare time I love traveling, drawing, eating sushi, listening to twinkly folk music, playing ukulele, cooking roast dinners, trawling through charity shops, watching Labyrinth (again) and spending time with my girlfriend, family and chums.