Holly West

Holly West

Photo by Mick West

Don’t let the smile fool you; Holly West has a dark side.

Originally from a small town in Northern California, Holly moved to the big city to attend Loyola Marymount University, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in Screenwriting. After shoving a few unproduced scripts in the proverbial desk drawer, she succumbed to her baser instincts and turned to writing crime fiction.

She’s the author of the Mistress of Fortune series, set in late 17th century London and featuring amateur sleuth Isabel Wilde, a mistress to King Charles II who secretly makes her living as a fortuneteller. The first in the series, Mistress of Fortune, was published by Harlequin’s Carina Press in February 2014 and was nominated for the Left Coast Crime Rosebud Award for Best First Novel in 2015.

Holly’s short stories appear in Feeding Kate: A Crime Fiction Anthology, Needle: A Magazine of Noir, Shotgun Honey Presents: Both Barrels, Protectors 2: Heroes, The Big Book of Jack the Ripper, and Unloaded. Her short story “Queen of the Dogs” (44 Caliber Funk: Tales of Crime, Soul, and Payback) is a 2017 Anthony Award finalist for Best Short Story.

Before devoting herself to writing fiction full-time, Holly was an accomplished jewelry designer. She also served as a contributor to About.com for four years, writing about a variety of topics. Prior to that, she worked as a foreign credentials analyst, specializing in Latin America, and published monographs on the educational systems of Sudan, Zambia, and Afghanistan.

Holly lives in Northern California with her husband, Mick, and dogs, Stella and Brando. She’s a member of the Mystery Writers of America, for which she edits the Southern California chapter’s newsletter. She’s also a member of Sisters in Crime and the International Thriller Writers. She blogs on alternate Wednesdays on the Do Some Damage blog.

Holly is represented by Elizabeth K. Kracht of Kimberley Cameron & Associates.

Short Bio (80 words)

Holly West is the author of the Mistress of Fortune series, set in 17th century London and featuring Isabel Wilde, a mistress to King Charles II who secretly works as a fortuneteller. Her debut, MISTRESS OF FORTUNE, was nominated for the Left Coast Crime Rosebud Award for Best First Novel. Her short fiction has appeared in numerous anthologies and her story “Queen of the Dogs” is a 2017 Anthony Award finalist. More at hollywest.com.

Super Short Bio (45 words)

Holly West is the Anthony Award-nominated author of the Mistress of Fortune historical mystery series. Her short crime fiction appears online and in several anthologies. She lives in Northern California with her husband and two dogs. More at hollywest.com.

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