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 left her native North East of England and headed to the Forest of Dean. Her first three books, 'The Wishing Sisters & Other Forest Tales' (2008),  the children's Christmas story 'Footprints in the Snow' (2011) and 'The Knocking' (2017), are all inspired by the mystery and atmosphere of this area.