Holman's love of the fantastical and the unusual stems from early childhood, when she loved to withdraw into imaginary worlds. In all her writing, she likes to speculate about the possibilities that lie outside and alongside the real world. She studied Creative Arts at Newcastle-upon-Tyne Polytechnic and continued to write as a hobby while working as a music, drama and English teacher. In 1995 she left her native North East of England and headed to the Forest of Dean, in Gloucestershire, an area famous for nurturing writers such as J K Rowling and Dennis Potter. Her three books, 'The Wishing Sisters & Other Forest Tales' (2008),  the children's Christmas story 'Footprints in the Snow' (2011) and 'The Knocking' (2017), were all inspired by the fifteen years she spent in this atmospheric and beautiful rural area.