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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 Firstly, Janet, thank you so much for taking the time to tell me how much you loved FORGET HER NAME. It means a great deal to me. I actually came up w…moreFirstly, Janet, thank you so much for taking the time to tell me how much you loved FORGET HER NAME. It means a great deal to me. I actually came up with the idea several years ago, before the big wave of 'sister' thrillers swept the charts. But at the time I submitted the idea, my editor didn't like it. So it was shelved. Later, she changed her mind and asked me to write it after all. By then 'sister' books were everywhere, and I was a little concerned people would see it as me jumping on a bandwagon. But I did my best, and wrote it in two months, so quite quickly. I can't immediately recall the 'spark' that led me to the idea, but I suspect it came out of an even earlier 'sisters' story I had been writing 3-4 years ago but also shelved, that time because the plot ran aground. That one was about twin sisters, a light romantic suspense novel. I probably had that story in my head and started wondering, as writers do, 'What if ...?' and that's where the basic idea came from. Maybe one day I'll work out how to fix that earlier story and keep going with that one too, as the set-up was very different to FORGET HER NAME. Thanks so much for contacting me! Jane (less)
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 ent…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)
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I'm delighted to announce that Monday 19th October 12pm EST is my Thunderclap day, promoting my new thriller Girl Number One.

Thanks to everyone who has supported this Thunderclap, which was my first-ever, so it's been fun and a real learning curve.

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Yes, I was ranked 24th in the world for women;'s snooker, Chris. It's pretty much based on my own experience. I don't play anymore and haven't for years. I'm a better writer than I ever was a snooker player!
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