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“I’m Carly Holmes, and I live and write on the west coast of Wales. The village I call home is on an estuary, haunted day and night by the call of the birds whose names I never remember but whose cries I wouldn’t be without. They provide the soundtrack to my writing hours.

When I’m not writing, worrying about writing, or worrying about not writing, I watch my hedge sparrows feed on the sultanas I gift them every day, and I worry that my striped and indolent cat will, in his turn, feed on them. I’m a natural worrier.

My debut novel, The Scrapbook, was published by Parthian in hardback (April 2014) and in paperback (May 2015). I hope you’ll like it. My short stories have appeared in numerous anthologies and journals around the world.

When I first saw you, I had the sun in my eyes. You shone around the edges, a fireball of a man. In the moments it took me to focus on your centre, I’d absorbed you completely.

I re-made myself in tune to your blinks, your frowns, your glances away from me and then back. I read your needs as they soared across your face, and I carved myself anew again and again…

The Scrapbook was shortlisted for the International Rubery Book Award in June 2015.

‘Wich’ (a short story) won first place in The Allingham Festival’s 2016 competition, judged by Anne Enright.