Being able to come home, being able to surprise the pants off the people I love, and hug them whenever I want, is a privilege and unequalled joy. Returning this year is different to other times I’ve made the journey back from England: I’ve come for Alice, for my first book business on home soil, to step for the first time into becoming an Author, with my incredible HarperCollins Australia team. In the last few months when that’s been too surreal to embrace, when I’ve wobbled from the brain-blowing reality of it, my family - both blood and chosen - have championed me to step wholeheartedly into this magnificence. It’s challenging but so important (especially for women) to own our success, which I’m very grateful is happening with my first novel. Sharing it and being so generously and lovingly supported is what makes it so bloody meaningful, and enables me to own it. I’m constantly learning that making a book takes a fucking village, and I am beyond grateful for mine as my pre-book-release mini tour approaches. Jet lag is a beast, but love is such a balm; my first days at home are unfolding and I’m realising through the fog I AM HERE.
Thanks as ever for being in the arena with me, wildflowers.
HOLLY RINGLAND grew up barefoot and wild in her mother's tropical garden on the east coast of Australia. Her interest in cultures and stories was sparked by a two-year journey her family took in North America when she was nine years old, living in a camper van and travelling from one national park to another. In her twenties, Holly worked for four years in a remote Indigenous community in the central Australian desert. Moving to England in 2009, Holly obtained her MA in Creative Writing from the University of Manchester. Her essays and short fiction have been published in various anthologies and literary journals. She now lives between the UK and Australia. To any question ever asked of Holly about growing up, writing has always been the answer.