About the Author

I’ve been writing with intent to publish since January 1st, 1985 when my New Year’s resolution was to write a novel before I turned twenty-five (ten months later, more or less).

I hit my resolution with a few days to spare, but the book, Hearts In Stitches, sucked.  I wrote a LOT after that, accumulating a big shoebox with well over a hundred rejection slips in it before anybody decided I was good enough to pay for fiction.

I actually started selling in 1991, and I broke in with with the fantasy novel Fire In The Mist (which won the Compton Crook Award for Best First Novel), and with a couple of sonnets I sold to the SF magazine Aboriginal.

It was a long hard slog between intent and realization.

It’s been a rollercoaster ever since.

But I love telling stories.  In fiction, I’ve found the work I want to do for the rest of my life.

You’ll find a little more about me by reading the rest of the About pages.  Frankly, though, there’s much more of who I really am spread across the writing articles and sprinkled through the heart of my fiction, and sprawled all over the damn place in my weblog, Pocket Full of Words.

I am not my work.  But my work is me.

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Holly Lisle


4 responses to “About the Author”

  1. ava Avatar

    hello ma’am! i’m an ardent fan of your moon and sun series and have been following your updates for quite some time.
    i was wondering about the emerald sun and its release because i’m really excited to read it! could you please tell us something about it?

    1. Holly Avatar

      Like you, I love those books. They are going to be finished — and while I am not going to be the person who will get to finish them, my dear friend (and a wonderful fantasy writer) will be finishing them for me.

  2. Jesper Avatar

    Hello Holly
    I found one of your blogs of specific interest 🙂
    Do you do 1-to-1 coaching/mentoring ?

    1. Holly Lisle Avatar
      Holly Lisle

      Occasionally, when I have time. I haven’t had the time lately, but when I do, I let folks on my newsletter know. It’s not anything I post publicly.

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