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Nancy Holder is an American author. She was born in Los Altos, California, and her family settled for a time in Walnut Creek. Her father, who taught at Stanford, joined the navy and the family traveled throughout California and lived in Japan for three years. When she was sixteen, she dropped out of high school to become a ballet dancer in Cologne, Germany, and later relocated to Frankfurt Am Main.
Eventually she returned to California and graduated summa cum laude from the University of California at San Diego with a degree in Communications. Soon after, she began to write; her first sale was a young adult romance novel titled Teach Me to Love.
She lives in San Diego, California, with her daughter Belle; Panda, the wonderful Cardigan Welsh Corgi and the man of the house; and their cats David and Kittnen Snow. She and Belle are active in Girl Scouts.
Nancy’s work has appeared on the New Yort Times, USA Today, LA Times, amazon.com, Waldenbooks, LOCUS, and other bestseller lists. A four-time winner of the Bram Stoker Award from the Horror Writers Association, she has also received accolades from the American Library Association, the American Reading Association, the New York Public Library, and Romantic Times.
She has sold approximately eight dozen book-length projects, many of them set in the Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, and Smallville universes. Wicked, her NYT bestselling series for Simon and Schuster, was co-authored with her former Maui Writers Retreat student, Debbie Viguie. She is also the author of the young adult horror series Possessions for Razorbill.
She is a book reviewer for Fanstastique -magazine and a columnist for the SWFA bulletin. She teaches in the Stonecoast MFA Creative Writing Program through the University of Southern Maine.
She has also sold approximately two hundred short stories, essays, and articles; and she is Chris P. Flesh, author of the Pretty Freekin Scary -series. Her anthology, Outsiders, co-edited with Nancy Kilpatrick, was nominated for the Bram Stoker Award in 2005.
Nancy has worked as the fiction editor for a computer game company; she provides editorial consulting services and ghostwriting for private clients. She also teaches creative writing at the University of California at San Diego.
The photo is by Beth Gwinn. It's used with permission by the author and the photographer.