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Jane Holland is a poet and novelist with nearly thirty published novels, six collections of poetry, and dozens of short fiction titles under this and other names. The middle child of romance legend Charlotte Lamb, she grew up in Essex and later the Isle of Man before returning to the British mainland as an adult.

Nomadic by nature, Jane Holland currently resides in the South West of England with her husband and young family, and is a keen home schooler. When not writing, she also works as a freelance editor. In a previous incarnation, she was a semi-professional snooker player and reached No. 24 in the women’s world rankings.

She also writes popular commercial fiction as Victoria Lamb, Elizabeth Moss, and Beth Good.

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Jane Holland Congrats on your nine novels, that's a big achievement!

Not sure I'm the best person to ask this, Pamela, as I come from a family of writers, so my…more
Congrats on your nine novels, that's a big achievement!

Not sure I'm the best person to ask this, Pamela, as I come from a family of writers, so my entrance into the industry was different to most people's. Not that anyone opened doors for me, rather that I knew the ropes early on and was not put off by the 'mystique' of writing and publishing. I started in poetry, and was headhunted by agents after a diary piece in the London Review of Books.

So my best tip for a new writer these days (who has had trouble attracting an agent, which is the BEST way to a trad publishing contract in most cases) would be to self-publish the best well-written and edited books you can, build a platform on social media, build a fanbase, and then try again with agents once you have something to show. Sorry that's not more encouraging but honestly, the industry is VERY tough at the moment. We are all struggling. Not just new writers. Good luck!(less)
Jane Holland Hi Jean! I think we have to diversify or die these days as writers. I always wanted to be a novelist, but maybe felt a bit intimidated early on by my…moreHi Jean! I think we have to diversify or die these days as writers. I always wanted to be a novelist, but maybe felt a bit intimidated early on by my mother's shadow, as she was a hugely successful writer, so ducked sideways into poetry instead. Which I did enjoy, and still love greatly, but alas, it doesn't pay the rent! After my mother passed away, I turned to novel-writing and became interested in making my mark there, and I suppose I've always loved stories that hold intrigue as well as romance, so my historical 'spy' novels in the Lucy Morgan trilogy were a good place to start. Now of course I write psychological thrillers! I find it very hard to write poetry and prose at the same time though - they are indeed strange bed fellows, though epic poetry and some classic poetry can feel very novel-like. (I'm often picking at a version of Gawain, for instance.) At the moment I'm writing prose only but hope to return to poetry one day. Thanks for the question, and good luck with your own books! Jx(less)
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