About me

IMG_20140525_203444I live in a little white cottage overlooking the sea. I studied media at university which led to a very glitzy career as a hotel receptionist followed by an even more glamorous two years working in a bank. The moment that one of my colleagues received the much coveted carriage clock for fifteen years’ service was the moment when I knew I had to escape. I quit my job and returned to university to train to be a teacher. Three years later, I emerged wide eyed and terrified that I now had responsibility for the development of thirty young minds. I taught for four years and then escaped the classroom to teach history workshops, dressing up as a Viking one day and an Egyptian High Priestess the next. But the long journeys around the UK and many hours sat on the M25 gave me a lot of time to plan out my stories and I now write full time, doing what I love.

I have been writing for 6 years. I was shortlisted for the New Talent Award at the Festival of Romance 2012. My short story won the Sunlounger competition and was published in the Sunlounger anthology in 2013. I won the Carina Valentine’s competition at the Festival of Romance 2013 with my novel The Guestbook. I was shortlisted for Best Romantic Read, Best eBook and Innovation in Romantic Fiction at the Festival of Romance 2014.


You can contact me at holly@hollymartin-author.com or follow me on Twitter @HollyMAuthor

9 thoughts on “About me

  1. I found you by accident at Easter. Looking for a romance to read on holiday. I was so thrilled to find your books funny. I’ve had tears running down my face with laughter and its been years since that’s happened. Thank you so much. After finishing 1&2 of white Cliff bay I’ve ordered all of your books for my kindle. Well, all I could find. Thank you so much. You make me laugh and swoon with the romance. Kerry. oh P.S is white cliff bay written about a certain favorite place, or completely made up?. x

    • I’m so pleased you enjoyed my books, thank you,that’s lovely to hear. White Cliff Bay is a completely made up place but I did visit Polperro in Cornwall while I was writing Summer at Rose Island and it had a lot of similarities to how I imagined White Cliff Bay would be

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  3. I absolutely love all your books that I have read and want to read them all! I started in White Cliff Bay and fell in love with everything. Even though it’s nearly the end of February I’m just starting Christmas Under a Cranberry Sky. Is every book you write a series? I always want to know what happens to the characters after the book finishes xxx

    • Aww thank you, so pleased you’re enjoying them. Most of my books are part of a series. If you look at the very end or the very beginning of my books there is normally a list of all my books and the order

  4. Hi Holly,

    I stumbled upon your book (the holiday cottage by the sea) after searching for one to take away on holiday. I have just finished reading it in one day by the pool, I couldn’t put it down. A truly fantastic read. I fell in love with the characters and laughed out loud on several occasions (which looked strangely odd when sat around the hotel pool). I have never left a review or comment after reading a book before but felt it was such a fantastic read that I just had to get in touch. I am so excited to read more of your books x

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