About Holly

Novelist, writing teacher, on a mission to reprint my out-of-print books and self-publish my new ones.

Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Cultural Appropriation: A question for other writers

The objective of writing science fiction, fantasy, (and fiction in general) is to explore the world of what could be, what should be, what should never be — to challenge your own assumptions, to discover, uncover, or invent new ways of thinking about life and new ways of seeing the world, humanity, and life, to expand beyond what is. Standing … Continue reading →

Minerva Wakes re-release, and new revision freebie

The Story: Ahead of a coming storm, Minerva Kiakra is fighting her way through crowded grocery aisles, when the last box of cereal is yanked from her grasp… …by the impossible. She does not see a dragon. Does not. Does NOT. And when the same dragon cuts her off in traffic? No, no, no. But the thing she doesn’t want … Continue reading →

Since last I posted…

Since last I posted, which I have just realized has been more than a month ago, Dan Allen (my website guy) and his team and I have done massive work on HollysWritingClasses.com, I relaunched How to Revise Your Novel, we had the Cat 4 walk-by of Hurricane Matthew, and I turned 56. I’ve been swamped, but it hasn’t been swamped … Continue reading →

No Man’s Sky: A Science Fiction Novelist (And Grown-Up Nerdy Girl) Reviews the Game

Before I review No Man’s Sky, you need to know two things about me. Well, three, but if you’re reading my blog, I’m assuming you already know I’m a professional SF novelist. So, two. ONE: Back in 1970 when I was nine, we moved from Ohio — where I’d spent my entire life to that point — to Alaska, and … Continue reading →