A Dark and Starless Forest by Sarah Hollowell was a dark, delicious treat for my winter reading! This witchy, star-soaked YA dark fantasy is set in the isolated fields beside an alpine lake. Derry and her several siblings-by-circumstance learn to hone their unique and varied magical gifts from the stern yet fatherly--and unmagical--Frank. Despite the sun on the lake surface and the wind in the trees, something dark encroaches on the idyllic setting as, one-by-one, Derry's siblings go missing.
I was captivated by the cover of this book when it first crossed my Twitter timeline early in 2021--Derry's full, powerful arms covered in the vines of her budding magic were so beautiful, and the image of this young witch willing to do anything to protect her family did not lead me astray. Hollowell's writing is vivid without being florid. Derry's voice is sure and determined, complete with the anxieties and excitement that come with young adulthood and realizing you've outpaced your teachers. While the world Hollowell weaves is a dark one, it is also achingly familiar, reminding us of the press of the unknown when we've begun to expand beyond the borders of our childhood. I'm excited to see what comes next from Sarah Hollowell.
For fans of woody, witchy friendship and unassuming, badass protagonists!
I stopped by Stingray TV last week to chat with Jasmine on their evening news! We talked about what it felt like to read the incredible Publishers Weekly review of HERETICS, creating empathy through characters' struggles, and where you can catch the latest Nel-news!
A huge thanks to Stingray TV for this opportunity, Jasmine for her insightful questions, and to Creative Edge for connecting us!
Returning to Sci-Fi Saturday Night is always an absolute pleasure, even more so after the long, incredibly difficult past few years. Sharing the initial inspiration behind Nel's character, and how she's evolved since, with such big fans was delightful! It's been an honor to have such wonderful friends and fans throughout this journey--all the way from a dingy motel parking lot for our first interview! Thanks to the awesome SFSN team and, of course, to Creative Edge for setting this up.
"Holmes blends archaeology and science fiction into a unique romp that’s sure to be a hit..." -Publishers Weekly
I am so, so thrilled to share that Heretics received a 5-star review from Publishers Weekly! This is a huge deal, especially as an indie author. So often marginalized authors are forced into independent publishing, and thus our work never gets in front of the biggest reviewers. To have this amazing review of my foul-mouthed, angry, imperfect character and to have it be of a book I wrote during one of the darkest times of my life, means the absolute world.
I couldn't have done this without my incredible team, both personally and professionally--particularly Creative Edge Publicity--and for that you have my deepest thanks!