About me

20200914_182604I 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 8 years. I was shortlisted for the New Talent Award at the Festival of Romance. My first brush with being a published author was winning the Sunlouger short story competition. My short story was published in the Sunlounger anthology alongside some of my favourite romance authors. I won the Carina Valentine’s competition at the Festival of Romance with my novel The Guestbook at Willow Cottage. I was shortlisted for Best Romantic Read, Best eBook and Innovation in Romantic Fiction at the Festival of Romance. I’m the bestselling author of 26 books selling over a million books worldwide. My books have been translated into French, German, Italian, Dutch, Bulgarian, Estonian, Turkish and Russian.

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

18 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

    1. 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

  2. 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

    1. 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

  3. 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

  4. Hello, not used to writing these comments but just wanted to say how much I’ve loved reading the books on the town happiness, I fell on the first book by accident and the given presents to different residents put a little hope in me. I remember at the time hoping there would be a sequel, and just off chance and again by accident have found the sequel. Every girl needs a book with a little romance but also the intelligent writing to would have you wondering about all characters and what there story could be. I would love to be able to buy them in paperback and made see if you do readings to get it signed for my little cupboard library ( it’s a tiny shoe cupboard I’ve made a library ) where I keep books I love and read over over. Is there anywhere in the U.K. I could do this? Thank you. One single bookworm mum living vicariously through books 😊

    1. Hi Joanne. I’m so pleased you enjoyed the Happiness books. I’m not planning on doing any signings right now, but i do sell signed paperbacks through my website. The Little Village of Happiness is sold out right now but there will be more in stock soon

  5. Hi I have read 2 of you books now and I love them! The first was a home on bramble hill, absolutely loved it made me laugh loved the characters and the setting, I loved everything! Then I read the little village of happiness and my god I loved it what an amazing story, really made me smile and I just loved the setup of all the characters and the town and the amazing chemistry between andrew and willow. Amazing characters i was sad when it ended, but I am loving your writing. Thank you

  6. I just finished reading The Summer of Chasing Dreams and I just wanted to let you know how much I LOVED this book! It was the perfect combination of friendship, love, connection and adventure. How nice to find a summer escape this nice since we cannot travel during this pandemic. Best wishes to you, I will be reading more of your books and dreaming of UK travel (from Colorado, USA 🙂

  7. I just wanted to thank you for two nights (I tried to make it last longer but it was just so good) with Issac and Bella. I really needed to get away for some time and your story just gave me that without leaving the house. Being knew to the world of Romance I have to say, your‘s was so far the best! Even though you give enough romance, it is also very funny! You made my days (2 nights actually 😉

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