Holden Sheppard is an award-winning Young Adult author born and bred in Geraldton, Western Australia. He shot through at the age of eighteen: abandoning a career as a fairly average earthmoving labourer, he moved to Perth to pursue his passion for writing.

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Holden Sheppard

The gamble paid off. Holden’s debut YA novel, INVISIBLE BOYS, won the 2017 Ray Koppe Residency Award, leading to a writing residency at Varuna, the National Writers’ House, in 2018. INVISIBLE BOYS was also Highly Commended in the Australian Society of Authors’ 2018 Emerging Writers’ Mentorship Prize.

Holden’s short fiction has been published in Indigo Journal and page seventeen, while he has also written for Ten Daily, the Huffington Post, the ABC, DNA Magazine and FasterLouder. His short stories are available as free eBooks through all major eBook retailers. After graduating with Honours from Edith Cowan University’s Writing program, Holden won a prestigious ArtStart grant from the Australia Council for the Arts in 2015.

Holden is represented by agent Haylee Nash of The Nash Agency, and he serves as Vice-President of the Peter Cowan Writers’ Centre.

A lifelong misfit, Holden has always been a walking contradiction: a gym junkie who has played Pokemon competitively; a sensitive geek who loves aggressive punk rock; and a bogan who learned to speak French. He is the only writer he knows who has switched to decaf and lived to tell the tale, and he’s quit smoking more times than he cares to admit. Holden believes the best writing comes straight from the heart: unabashed, unfettered and unafraid.