Holly West

Photo by Mick West

ABOUT HOLLY 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 online and in numerous anthologies, including THE BIG BOOK OF JACK THE RIPPER, FLORIDA HAPPENS, and, most recently, THE EVICTION OF HOPE. Her short fiction has been honored with Anthony Award nominations three times, and her novella, THE MONEY BLOCK, about a pair of grifters who set up a cryptocurrency con, is out now from Down & Out Books.

Holly’s also the editor of MURDER-A-GO-GO’S, an Anthony Award-nominated crime fiction anthology inspired by the music of The Go-Go’s. Net proceeds from the collection benefit Planned Parenthood of America.

Before devoting herself to writing fiction full-time, Holly was an accomplished goldsmith and 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 at the International Education Research Foundation 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 was formerly on the Local Organizing Committee of Bouchercon 2020 Sacramento, where she served as registrar and website manager.

Short Bio (80 words)

Holly West is the Anthony Award-nominated author of the Mistress of Fortune historical mystery series. Her debut, Mistress of Fortune, was nominated for the Left Coast Crime Rosebud Award for Best First Novel. Her short fiction has appeared online and in numerous anthologies, and her latest story, “Just to Watch Him Die,” appears in The Eviction of Hope anthology. She’s the editor of Murder-A-Go-Go’s, an Anthony Award-nominated crime fiction anthology inspired by the music of The Go-Go’s. Her novella, The Money Block, out now from Down & Out Books. 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 and the editor of Murder-A-Go-Go’s: Crime Fiction Inspired by the Music of the Go-Go’s. Her novella, The Money Block, is out now from Down & Out Books. More at hollywest.com.