I Need To Read More Diverse Books | #blackouttuesday

I approached #blackouttuesday like many people have – as a chance to educate myself. But I didn’t know where to start. I signed petitions, I shared useful links where people can donate money, I read articles, but I was lost as to what action I could continue to take; to take it past one day of social media blackouts.

nicola yoon books photo copyright Melissa Holden 2020


I love to read, and as I sat staring at my bookshelves today, I realised I wasn’t seeing much diversity. So, I googled every author on there to see just how many were written by someone who isn’t white.


Out of 67 books, only 2 of them are by a black author – both by Nicola Yoon. (Who is an amazing writer, and I would highly recommend you check out her work if you haven’t already.) But it’s not good enough. I need to do better. I can’t let it all pass me by anymore just because I don’t understand enough about it.

QOTD: Can I please, please have suggestions of books from diverse authors. I want to re-educate myself; I want to learn to be better.

Let’s strive to be the change the world needs right now.

Here is a Google Doc I have pulled together of all the books, poetry and creative resources I have been recommended so far. I hope it helps: https://docs.google.com/document/d/11-NlLwi-WmXVGZEK8BAnJDDkF2nuvTBcQHNk_dHx7DY/edit?usp=sharing

4 Years On WordPress | Best Bits

Well, well, well, Happy 4th Birthday to my WordPress account! *pops party popper*. When I started these blogs a few years ago, I never imagined they would lead to such amazing opportunities.

Let’s throwback to some of our best bits in the wonderful world of WordPress…

wordpress 4 years


Four years is a huge commitment to one blog for me, admittedly I do have several WordPress blogs, but all on the same platform. I love that I have been able to link them and easily switch between the four of them, so thanks for that!

Earlier this year we hit another amazing milestone, which was 500 WordPress followers, and you guys are from all over the world! Thank you, everyone, for your support, and putting up with my erratic posting schedule.



WordPress was and always will be a huge part of my creative process, particularly when it comes to writing books. I published my first novella, The Snow Killer, originally as a series of blog posts, which transformed into a twisted serial killer fiction novel. I loved every minute of it, as it launched my dreams as an author as set me on a path to novel writing.

I originally started my life as a blogger on BlogSpot, (which I rediscovered and was hit with a wave of nostalgia whilst researching this post) [my BlogSpot page] but after I was introduced to WordPress, I have never turned back.

Since then, I have self-published several e-books, with the help of WordPress as a blogging and promotional tool, and met many of my close author friends through the website – as well as some amazing book reviewers and bloggers.


In 2016 I wrote an article about my transition from loathing to loving John Green, and its current view total is 6,153! (Correct of 29.11.17) Read the article here…  It ended up being read by Hank Green (also famous and very creative brother of the author, and was shared all over WordPress and Tumblr.)

That article made me realize the true power of books, and that the time taken to be passionate and involved in your work, is far more important than dishing out half-finished books in order to hit a deadline.


I’d just like to say thank you again for all of your wonderful support, and here’s to an amazing 2018 with WordPress!

500 Followers, A Milestone Post

Since it’s conception in 2013, this blog has had many purposes, many milestones, many birthdays. It is the one safe place; the one continuous space, where I can write freely and know my words will not only be seen but appreciated.

I just wanted to say thanks, to old and new followers – you make it worth posting. I know I am a bit of a sporadic blogger, but my work/life balance leaves something to be desired. I really appreciate the loyalty.

Thank you all so much for the love and support, and I hope we will be seeing more of each other soon.

Love, Mel ❤

22 Blog Posts For 22 Years | Blog Series

In two short days, I will be celebrating my twenty-second year on the planet, so I thought I’d celebrate it with a new blog series!

22 blog series

This time, it’s a blog series full of all the things that make me… me. Whether it’s my obsession with all things vintage, my love of tea, my struggles as an indie author, or my day-to-day life. I’m sharing it all with you guys!

Here is a list of the blog posts you should be expecting over the next few weeks, starting with the first post on 18th August 2016 – AKA, my birthday! and ending twenty-two days later (in theory…).

  1. Happy 22 Years To Me
  2. Personal Changes
  3. Is Being A Witer A Risky Career Move?
  4. The Fraudulent Writer | Prose
  5. Instant Culture
  6. Relationships
  7. Why Is My New Novel Is Taking So Long to Finish?
  8. Throwback to the 90s
  9. How to Add a Little Vintage to Your Life
  10. Look book: Summer Author Style
  11. How To Use Social Media To Expand Your Readership
  12. My To-Read List
  13. Me Before You Book and Movie Review
  14. Finding Dory Review
  15. A Bookish Day Out (Writerly Things to do in London)
  16. Doubts Every Writer Has
  17. Why I’ve Never Tried to go Mainstream with my Books
  18. Life After University
  19. How To Motivate Yourself To Write (or do anything)
  20. Short Story
  21. Long Poem
  22. 22 Reasons I’ve Never Given Up Writing (Quick List)

I really hope you guys like the series, and I hope it gives you a bit more of an insight into why I started this blog in the first place.


After Us |99p Kindle Sale!

KINDLE BOOK SALE | Melissa Holden, Mark Looker, Edd Hodsdon and Lorna Holland

To celebrate the appearance of colder, shorter winter nights and crunchy autumn leaves, we’ve decided to put AFTER US on sale!


When the world ends, what comes AFTER US?

Featuring stories from Edd Hodsdon, Melissa Holden, Lorna Holland, and Mark Looker, AFTER US explores the effects of an apocalypse on the survivors.

AFTER the apocalypse the laws and rules of the old world bind US no more, and mankind’s true, savage nature takes over.

AFTER the apocalypse, none of US will ever be the same again…


Stories Include: Behind Bars, Cure In Age, Keep Your Friends Close, Lonely In A Crowd, Strangers On The Road, Silent Screams, Sally Lin

To find the sale price in your country, use the sale links below. (Some countries may need to redirect via the US page).

After Us | Sales Links

Amazon UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/After-Apocalypse-Anthology-Melissa-Holden-ebook/dp/B00QD6Y588

Amazon US: http://www.amazon.com/After-Apocalypse-Anthology-Melissa-Holden-ebook/dp/B00QD6Y588

Amazon CA: http://www.amazon.ca/After-Apocalypse-Anthology-Melissa-Holden-ebook/dp/B00QD6Y588 

Amazon DE: http://www.amazon.de/After-Apocalypse-Anthology-Melissa-Holden-ebook/dp/B00QD6Y588 

Remember to leave a comment below or a review on the main Amazon page to let us know what you thought of the book!

You Should Write EVERYWHERE

Writing is a lifer consumer. It swallows you up and spits out a socially-confusing creative who can’t pick a favourite book.

Writing is a forever-thing. It’s not a hobby that you pick up in your thirties for a few years and then move on. It’s part of you. Like an arm. You will always have that arm.

Writing should be somewhere in your head all day. Whether it’s when you’re out with your friends, and you tell a great story – you should write it down in a journal. Or when you’re buying a new notebook, you imagine all of the amazing words you will feel those pages with. And what those words could turn in to. 

I write in the shower. On the shower screen with my hands. I sketch and I write and sing and have conversations. I tell stories – as a writer, that’s my job. But it’s a privilege to do so I do it whenever I can.

I am obsessed with writing (not with words, I’m not one of those writers.) You should be obsessed with the things you love, because you’d be amazed what passion can do to a piece of writing.