Fiona Holland

Fiona was born in Malta, during her father (and mother’s) Navy posting.  School, University and Secretarial College followed in due succession, as did a variety of jobs as au-pair, wedding car chauffeur, pig farmer, potato picker, foster carer.

Her writing career was given a mighty fillip by winning the 2013 Gladstone’s Library Short Fiction prize for her story Looking The Other Way.  Gladstone’s Library is home to the Victorian, three-times Prime Minister’s book collection, and the prize was awarded from submissions from all over the world judged by established writers.

Since that time Fiona has focussed on her creative writing together with running a 5 acre small-holding in North Wales and offering a writers retreat in her hand-crafted Shepherd’s Hut.

Before All Else is her first published novel.  Other projects in the pipeline include a novella An Unnatural Land, which links Irish letters, diaries, poems, recipes written by emigrants to America in the 1880s to lives lived and loves lost today, as well as The Leopard, looking back at restlessness and anger and creativity within three generations of a family.

Before All Else

The Suffolk village of Bullenden is the setting for this comic and bitter-sweet tale of peccadilloes, consequences and Lemon Drizzle cake.

Short Stories

A collection of Fiona's short stories is available to her website followers. 

Author Bio

Fiona lives on a five-acre small-holding in North Wales ...