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Holly Black

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Holly Black is the author of bestselling contemporary fantasy books for kids and teens. Some of her titles include The Spiderwick Chronicles (with Tony DiTerlizzi), The Modern Faerie Tale series, the Curse Workers series, Doll Bones, The Coldest Girl in Coldtown, the Magisterium series (with Cassandra Clare), The Darkest Part of the Forest, and her new series which begins with The Cruel Prince in January 2018.

She has been a a finalist for an Eisner Award, and the recipient of the Andre Norton Award, the Mythopoeic Award and a Newbery Honor. She currently lives in New England with her husband and son in a house with a secret door. 

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Holly Black The funny thing is that I am really quite a wuss in real life, but not so much in fiction. I don't watch very many horror movies, I'm totally…moreThe funny thing is that I am really quite a wuss in real life, but not so much in fiction. I don't watch very many horror movies, I'm totally terrified by zombies, and when I was a kid, I had an incredibly detailed night-time ritual to ensure I wouldn't get grabbed by the trees outside, possessed by ghosts or feasted upon by ghouls.

Several times, I've sent some bit of writing to a friend and had them be freaked out by it. When I go back and look, I do think, "oh yeah, that is pretty messed up," but when I'm writing it, I am usually so interested in finding the right word that I don't quite notice how horrifying the scene is that I'm describing.

Maybe being scared of many, many things many, many times means those fears are ready and waiting to be drawn upon? I don't know, but I don't think I've ever been creeped out by anything I've written.

(BTW, I am going to take this opportunity to tell you again how much I've been enjoying the Angelfall books and how much I am looking forward to the third one.)

(Also, is it weird that I am pleased to have creeped you out?)
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Hey, all! I am in Mexico, starting a new project, but I thought I would go online and let you know where I am going to be as of NEXT WEEK. For more information on any of these, please go to the appearances section of my website:

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message 48: by Sami

Sami Abouzid Thanks Holly....love and noble respect


message 47: by Halle

Halle Thank you so so much Holly! I had the pleasure of meeting you this year and attending your sessions and key note at the NOVAteen book festival, and I am so incredibly happy that you accepted my friend request! You are one of my all time favorite authors. Hope you are doing well. Thank you again:)


message 46: by Eric

Eric Zimmerman Thank you for becoming my BFF :)

You have been a huge inspiration to me in my (young) writing career, as well as authoring many of my favorite books! I'm hoping that someday I'll get to meet you in person! Until that day, I'll keep reading what you write, and I'll always be a fan.


Flutterbyst Thx for becoming my friend..!!! Hoping to be a good friend of urs..!!!


message 44: by Dustin

Dustin Greetings, Holly! Thank you so much for accepting the friendship request, it's appreciated.:)

I hope all's well with you and yours.


message 43: by Judith

Judith Thanks so much for accepting me as a friend, Holly. I hope you have had a lovely holiday season and that you have a healthy, happy and prosperous New Year. Much love to you and your gorgeous baby from Judith xxx


message 42: by Joyce (last edited Jan 01, 2014 01:27PM)

Joyce Happy New Year Holly! Hope you have a healthy and happy year! I was going to add productive, but it sounded too demanding or something. :)


message 41: by Cal

Cal ohmygeez thanks for accepting my friend request!! iloveyousomuch it hurts okay <3


Reketrebn Hi! Thanks for adding me!
I know you get this a lot but I really wanted to tell you how much I love your books Tithe and Ironside!
but most of all I love Roiben in them ♥
I like these complex characters, his soul and heart and mind... I love everything about him and even though he's fictional I still feel like he's real.
I want to thank you for bringing him into my life and for all the other wonderful characters too!

and this is how I see him:
(view spoiler)


Jacqueline Howett Thanks for the freindships Holly! Hope you had a nice Easter weekend!


message 38: by Davonna

Davonna Juroe Thanks so much for the friendship, Holly! Stay creepy! :D


message 37: by Jake

Jake Hill Naru wrote: "hi! Today I read the spiderwick chronicles book one, and I have to say it's very cute and exciting =D I just wish I have a faery or something living in my house!"

I think you totally failed to grasp that faeries arn't nice XD


message 36: by Sabrina

Sabrina Thank you so much for accepting my friend request! I love your work! Ironside, Tithe, and Valiant are three of my favorite novels. I look forward to reading more of your works.


Anastasia Hi Holly. thanks for being a friend.


Kelli Belli Thank you for accepting my request! I am a HUGE fan of The Curse Worker series and Cassel Sharpe!


message 33: by Alannah

Alannah Thank you so much for accepting my friend request! I love your "Spiderwick Chronicles" books. I read the first series once and now I have both of the series. I'm also really excited to read the second one. You're a great writer. :) Thanks again!
-Alannah


message 32: by Diana

Diana Nice to meet you Holly!


Christie Hi Holly! Thank you so much for accepting my friends request. I just got Black Heart in the mail today :) I'm so excited! Must! Read! Immediately!!!!! HUGS!!!


message 30: by Sarah

Sarah Thank you so much for accepting my friend request, Holly. :) Can't wait to read everything of yours I can get my hands on!


message 29: by Amanda

Amanda I suppose I'm just a little addicted to the Curseworker series, cause last night I dreamed about it :P I can't wait for Black Heart to come out. <3


message 28: by Genina

Genina Hi Holly, my kids are 5,4&2 I just showed them "The Spiderwick Chronicles" the movie on Halloween and since then have found them outside running frantically from Mulgarath on several occasions... thanks for that.


message 27: by Lily

Lily Thank you for accepting my friend request. I hope your birthday was great can not wait to read Black Heart. Loved your stories...


message 26: by Gary

Gary Revel It's great to have you as a friend HOLLY:

My memoir - TO LIVE OR MAYBE NOT is at Barnes and Noble, Amazon.com and other book sellers worldwide. It includes details of my birth, youth, US Navy Service, music-Hollywood, Memphis, Nashville, Martin Luther King Jr. Assassination Investigation, recording and releasing the single record THEY SLEW THE DREAMER about the MLK assassination.

Paperback and Nook Book

Links to more Jongleur books and book sellers.


message 25: by Sabrina

Sabrina Mau Hey! Thanks so much for accepting me ^^ So how are you?


message 24: by Mal

Mal (Kenna*Bear) wrote: "Hi! I love all of you Spiderwick books! They are one of my favorites. You should read Harry Potter. I am on book four. And on Spiderwick I'm on book four too! Chapter 2,wow I need to cach up on rea..."

She is awesome.
I <3 Harry Potter too :) I'm readin book 4


message 23: by Mal

Mal Hi! :)
I absoulutly love the curse workers series, it's amazing!!! Thanks, for accepting my friend request!


message 22: by N. M.

N. M. hi! Today I read the spiderwick chronicles book one, and I have to say it's very cute and exciting =D I just wish I have a faery or something living in my house!


message 21: by Anna

Anna Hi! Thank you for accepting my friend's request! You are a great writer! I read Tith, Ironside, and just finished Valient this week. Very good books! I read each one in less than 5 hours! :D I am on to reading your other AWESOME works!


message 20: by Pamela

Pamela Hey Holly...Thanks for accepting my friend request.


message 19: by Sangria

Sangria Thanks for your friendship, Holly! :D


message 18: by William

William O'Brien Hi- Just to let you know...
Peter: a Darkened Fairytale
AVAILABLE TO ORDER NOW!!! DIRECT FROM THE PUBLISHER
http://www.authorhouse.co.uk/Bookstor...
Best wishes, William


message 17: by Kate

Kate Thank you so much for adding me as a friend i feel very honoured =)

I have the complete Spiderwick Chronicles in one volume with all star sketches and such its an amazing book!

I am also trying out your other works =)

Thank you so much once again =)


message 16: by Sophia

Sophia Tallon I loved The Spiderwick Chronicles they are soooo good! Did you think the movie was good? I liked it :)


message 15: by O'Death

O'Death Hi Holly :)

Thank you so much for accepting my friend request. I love The Spiderwick Chronicles and your righting style. I think you're a great writer and your books are kind off addicting "cannot stop reading...must finish incredible book" :)

Thanks again :)


message 14: by Richard

Richard Denney hi holly :) I've been a huge fan of yours and tony's for the longest ever since Spiderwick. it's one of my favorite series ever! you both inspire me in my writing, I'm a self published author with my first book out now and you guys have really inspired me. I won the spiderwick contest on myspace a while back and still have the movie poster signed by you and tony, it's awesome! love your work can't wait to read more from you. - RICHARD DENNEY


Amber. Vampire Queen. I agree! Holly you are an AMAZING writer whenever I read one of your books I don't put it down until I'm finished it!

P.S Thank you for also accepting my friends request :)


message 12: by Holly

Holly Black Shadow Rose wrote: "Thanks for accepting my friend request:) I really loved Tithe, Valiant and Ironside. Those three books are completely AMAZING! I've also read and loved White Cat and can't wait until Red Glove is o..."

Thank you!


message 11: by Rose (last edited Mar 11, 2011 05:41PM)

Rose Thanks for accepting my friend request:) I really loved Tithe, Valiant and Ironside. Those three books are completely AMAZING! I've also read and loved White Cat and can't wait until Red Glove is out.
Keep writing!


Neveen Badr (Seraphina Reads) Thanks for befriending me :)


message 9: by Holly

Holly I really like your book Tithe!


Kendall [Kenny] Holly,

Thank-you for accepting my friend request. *grin*
Your short story in the Eternal Kiss anthology and your part in the Zombies vs. Unicorns book intrigued me (and were pretty dang awesome).
I look forward to reading more of your writing!

-Kendall


William O'Brien Hi Holly - Thank you for your friendship.
Please visit my website http://www.peteradarkenedfairytale.co.uk
to view a sample page and many other snippets about the book.
Expected release date mid-late Jan.
Best wishes, William


message 6: by Fer

Fer M. Ceballos hi Holly!
i just have to tell you that i totally love your books ! i think my favorite is Valiant i just fell for that book :D


message 5: by Holly

Holly Black Haley wrote: "Hey Holly, I'm coming to the Cincinnati signing on the 20th, and I sent my address to get the super secret awesome stuff, but I never got a postcard. If I just say that I tried to give my address c..."

Yes, just tell me.


message 4: by Haley

Haley Hey Holly, I'm coming to the Cincinnati signing on the 20th, and I sent my address to get the super secret awesome stuff, but I never got a postcard. If I just say that I tried to give my address can I still get the stuff?

Thanks,

Haley


message 3: by Julia

Julia March You are coming to Anderson's Bookshop May 17! I'm so excited!


Shannon Thank you for accepting my friend request, Holly!


message 1: by Sara

Sara Hi Holly! Welcome to the wonderful world of goodreads and thank you for accepting my request =)


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