|I'm an Ohio native, born in Salem in October of 1960. I grew up all over the place -- Gnadenhutten, Ohio; in a Moravian children's home a bit north and west of Kwethluk, Alaska; in New Philadelphia, Ohio; in San Jose, Costa Rica where I attended an English-speaking private school and was the youngest student to that point ever accepted into the Instituto de Lengua Espanola (was thirteen or fourteen at the time); in a Quaker mission in Chiquimula, Guatemala; in East Liverpool, Ohio.|
My family moved a lot and I got pretty good at starting over, a skill that has stood me in good stead in later life. I graduated from Beaver Local High School in 1979, and from Richmond Technical College in 1981 with an Associate Degree in Nursing.
I sang in restaurants, sold newspaper advertising, taught beginning guitar, did commercial artwork, sold burgers at McDonald's, and worked as a registered nurse until 1993, when I was able to leave nursing to write full-time. I quit my day job too soon, though, and have spent subsequent years scrambling to make ends meet.
I have three children and several cats, and have been married twice and divorced twice. I won the Compton Crook Award for Best First Novel, was a finalist twice for the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer, and have had a number of my books hit the Locus Bestseller List. Diplomacy of Wolves also spent two months on the Waldenbooks Bestseller List. I think writing novels is the best job a human being could have; I hope I'll be writing productively and selling my work for the rest of my life.
You can visit my web page at http://hollylisle.com/ -- you'll find biographical data, a large, active community, articles on writing, chapters of books, cover art gallery, and much more.
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