About Me

I’m Holly Jennings: author, gamer, and nerd — Not always in that order but at least one of the three at any given time.

When I was a kid, my mom gave me the gift of books and my dad gave me the gift of Star Trek. From that, a sci-fi book junkie was made.

From the Enchanted Forest series to X-Men comics, if it was geeky — I read it. Then, I started writing my own equally nerdy stories about space travel, dragons, and kids with superpowers.

But writing was nothing more than a hobby — until 2011.

I was a few years out of university and quickly realizing the standard 9-5 job was not for me. So, I decided to chase my dream and go for the 0.0001% chance that I would make it as a traditionally published author.

One thing about me: I love a good challenge. I poured every spare moment I had into developing my craft and researching the industry. By the end of 2012, my short stories were being published in pro-level magazines and by 2014, I’d signed with an agent who landed my book deal within weeks.

My debut novel ARENA was set to be on bookstore shelves.

My love of gaming started when I was five-years-old and I got the original Nintendo for Christmas. When I discovered World of Warcraft at age 19, my gaming addiction went to an entirely new level. I spent hundreds of hours in the world of Azeroth. Now, with my writing, I don’t get to play as much as I used to, but I still use games to reward myself for finishing a new book or meeting an editing deadline. Every Saturday night beginning at 7:00 PM EST, I host a live stream on Twitch to play games and hang out with my readers.

It’s been a long and winding path to this point but I can happily say I love life. I still wake up every morning and wonder how I got so lucky to spend my day writing books and playing games. While I’m currently working on book three and book four in my writing career, I can say I have plenty more still in me, and I hope you’ll follow me along this amazing journey.




Author Interview: Holly Jennings – My Life My Books My Escape – April 12, 2017

Arena Series Author Holly Jennings on her Latest Book Gauntlet – Unbound Worlds – April 5, 2017

All the New Science Fiction Books Coming Out in April – Tor.com – April 5, 2017

Spotlight on Gauntlet by Holly Jennings – YA Book Central – April 5, 2017

Interview with Author Holly Jennings – We Are Word Nerds – April 4, 2017

This Week’s New Sci-Fi and Fantasy Books – Barnes & Noble Sci-Fi Blog – April 4, 2017

Adult Books Great for Teen Audiences – Book Lovers 277 – April 3, 2017

39 Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror Novels to Read this April – The Verge – April 1, 2017

Interview with Holly Jennings: Twitch Stream – Beyond the Trope Podcast – March 21, 2017

Interview with Holly Jennings: Gauntlet – Beyond the Trope Podcast – March 14, 2017​


Author Interview: Welcome Holly Jennings! – The Cover Contessa – December 22, 2016

Arena by Holly Jennings: Author Interview & Giveaway – Fiction Fare – December 1, 2016

Author Interview with Holly Jennings of Arena – Life as a Female Bibliophile – November 16, 2016

Exclusive Cover Reveals: Arena and Gauntlet in Paperback – Pure Fandom – August 30, 2016

Trade in Your Controller: 11 Books for Gamers – Barnes & Noble Sci-Fi Blog – May 2016

Interview: Arena by Holly Jennings – Urban Fantasy Investigations – April 2016

Author Interview: Holly Jennings – The Heroine Bookstore – April 2016

Writing the Story You Want to Write – Advertures in YA Publishing – April 2016

Step Into the Arena – Suduvu – April 2016

Interview with Holly Jennings, Author of Arena – The Qwillery – April 2016

Into the Arena: An Interview with Holly Jennings – The BiblioSanctum – April 2016

Writer Holly Jennings on her Video Game Inspired Novel – Gamecrate – April 2016

Mainstream Madness: Arena by Holly Jennings – Nerd Girl Official – April 2016

B&N Bookseller’s Picks for April 2016 – Barnes & Noble Sci-Fi Blog – March 2016

Arena is the Next Can’t-Put-It-Down Thriller for Gamers – Barnes & Noble Sci-Fi Blog – March 2016

Interview with Holly Jennings: Arena – Beyond the Trope Podcast – February 2016


Ilonda Andrews Reviews and Recommends Arena – Ilona Andrews Blog – November 2015

Exclusive Cover Reveal: Arena by Holly Jennings – The Mary Sue – September 2015