I was sprouted in the 1970s. My early years are not much to speak of, but I spent a great amount of time reading, playing outside, and trying to find new and inventive ways to avoid school. I loved learning, but no one was teaching what I was interested in. As school progressed, I developed a passion for English, writing, and fiction, but few teachers willing to encourage such interests.
In college, I discovered advanced English, medieval history, and mythology classes. However, I couldn’t write a “normal” story to save my life, much to the initial dismay of my instructors. Once, I remember, my English instructor gave the class an assignment – write an inspirational short story, up to 8,000 words. Apparently my definition of inspirational doesn’t match “normal.” Imagine that. Everyone turned in something uplifting in nature — restoring faith in humanity, Utopian society where everyone is happy, etc. Then came mine. To this day, I don’t know where the undead came from, but everyone died in the end. Not very inspirational. Unless it inspired people to learn how to defend themselves from an onslaught of the supernatural. That could be.
Then, I came upon my Holy Grail. Creative Writing 101. Now the voices in my head had a plan! They’ve been in charge ever since. I learned how to construct my “abnormal” stories, I learned how to edit, and I learned how to critique. That was the beginning of the end, so to speak. I consider myself lucky these voices quiet down a few hours every day so I can go to the day job. I think they’ve realized paying the bills and food are necessary to their survival. And I’ve realized letting my characters out to play keeps me from becoming a serial killer. All in all, the mostly perfect symbiotic relationship. It just means, I live with monsters. As long as they stay safely contained in closets, under the bed, and in the basement, I’m okay with that. 1
AWARDS & ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
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NOVELS & NOVELLAS
For the Rank of Master
by Hollie Snider
An ancient evil threatens the land, domain of elves, humans and dwarves-home to the Gods themselves. Shadows fall where sunlight shone. Life is draining away, leaving a wasteland in its wake. After narrowly surviving his Hyth Kisk, Tehan is chosen by the Guardians to combat the rising threat. Forced to face a wizard or sacrifice Darkanth to the coming darkness, Tehan is the unwilling leader of a group called forth from his past. Friends undertake the journey with him, refusing to sacrifice their world. Along their journey, deceit and betrayal surface. New bonds form, while old ones snap. Things are not what or who they seem, and when hidden truths arise, some tear at the very fabric of Tehan's soul. From a cursed lake to hellish towen, these would-be saviors must overcome or lose themselves as well.
STORIES IN MAGAZINES / ANTHOLOGIES
Edited by Hollie Snider
The Zombie-pocolypse is real! Loved ones are returning from the grave in search of flesh and brains! Humans are running scared! Well, not so much. Here, rather than shooting them in the head, eighteen talented authors have figured out how to put the Undead to work. Zombies can now be contributing members of society once more. These stories will leave you wishing for a zombie of your own. Maybe. . . .
“Zombies may be room temperature but the zombies in LIVE AND LET UNDEAD are red hot! Dark and delicious, cover to cover.” – Jonathan Maberry, New York Times bestselling author of DEAD OF NIGHT and DUST & DECAY
Edited by Hollie Snider
HorrorAddicts.net presents thirteen horror tales from up-and-coming women writers. This diverse collection of revenge, torture, and macabre is sure to quench any horror addict’s thirst for blood. Between these covers reside werewolves, demons, ghosts, vampires, a voodoo priestess, headless horseman, Bloody Mary, and human monsters that are perhaps the most disturbing. With an exclusive interview of The Wickeds by Sapphire Neal. Lock your doors, bar your windows, and enjoy stories from: H. E. Roulo Jeri Unselt Linda Ciletti Emerian Rich Marie Green Hollie Snider Jennifer Rahn Michele Roger R. E. Chambliss Arlene Radasky Kimberly Steele Laurel Anne Hill Rhonda R. Carpenter All proceeds will be donated to LitWorld, a non-profit organization that uses the power of story to cultivate literacy leaders around the globe. (note: Hollie’s story “More Than Kin,” selected for the anthology by Emerian Rich, was edited by an outside editor)