Bio & FAQ

Amanda on bush track 2015My name is Amanda Holohan – that’s me to the right. I’m the author of Unwanted, Hunted and The King’s Fool

I’ve been passionate about books since I first learnt to read, and wild about writing since I penned my first poem at age six. Poetry, comics, stories – I spent my childhood wrapped in my inner world, scribbling away whatever chance I got.

By the time I’d finished university I’d decided that I didn’t just want to write about other people’s adventures, I wanted to have some of my own. I put on my boots and went roaming.  During that time I constantly compiled notes for future novels.

My first book, The King’s Fool, was a finalist in the Aurealis Awards for 2006 and is still on the NSW Premier’s Reading Challenge book list.

Unwanted, was published by Penguin Books in early 2015 and its sequel, Hunted, was published by Penguin Books in 2017.  I’m currently revamping The King’s Fool, which was initially written as book one in the Perry Brightfield Chronicles trilogy. I hope to release all three books at some time in the future. 


What drew you to writing?

I was drawn to books from a very young age. I loved the exciting and unusual places their stories took me. When I couldn’t find enough of the kinds of stories that thrilled me, I started to write my own. At first there were more drawings than words, but gradually the drawings became smaller and the words took over.

What books inspired you growing up?

I’ve always loved fables and the wild magic of fairy tales. As I grew I was captivated by the books of C.S. Lewis, Tolkien and Susan Cooper.

Top five books?

There are so many great books and except for number one – my all-time favourite – this list changes often.

  1. The Book of the New Sun by Gene Wolfe. This is actually a quartet of four novels. I read them in my late teens and they rocked my world.
  2. The Lord of the Rings by J. R. R. Tolkien.
  3. Chaos Walking series by Patrick Ness.
  4. The Tomorrow series by John Marsden.
  5. The Dark is Rising series by Susan Cooper.

Tips for writers?

Read as much as you can – books that fascinate you and books on writing. Listen to advice, think about it and decide how much you should take on board without compromising your unique voice. Constantly seek to improve your skills. Write what you love and from the heart; reach out to readers who feel the same. Remember, writing is a form of communication. Through your words you can share a dream, a vision of the world, a gripping tale, a common interest.


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