V.S. Holmes

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V. S. Holmes is an international bestselling author. They created the REFORGED series and the NEL BENTLY BOOKS. Smoke and Rain, the first book in their fantasy quartet, won New Apple Literary's Excellence in Independent Publishing Award in 2015. In addition, they have published short fiction in several anthologies.

When not writing, they work as a contract archaeologist throughout the northeastern U.S. They live in a Tiny House with their spouse, a fellow archaeologist, their not-so-tiny dog, and own too many books for such a small abode. As a disabled and queer human, they work as an advocate and educator for representation in SFF worlds.

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V.S. Holmes Other than crying into a gin and tonic? I make myself feel something -- whether that's walking down memory lane, seeing a powerful film, or reading a …moreOther than crying into a gin and tonic? I make myself feel something -- whether that's walking down memory lane, seeing a powerful film, or reading a new book. Usually the emotions are on the darker side of the spectrum, but any activity that forces me to feel all the way down to my toes is a surefire way to break writer's block.(less)
V.S. Holmes My most recent WIP is a hard-science based thriller. Most of my inspiration came from a microbiology course I took during undergrad and also reading "…moreMy most recent WIP is a hard-science based thriller. Most of my inspiration came from a microbiology course I took during undergrad and also reading "The Viral Storm," by Nathan Wolfe. Viruses and the myriad organisms that we can't see are terrifying and amazing!(less)
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