News flash: August 29, 2020

So she's an author. What else does she do?

secret identity!

  • line art and caricatures
  • book cover art
  • screeving: sidewalk chalk art
  • ventriloquism
  • Celtic harp, langeleik, sheepbone flute, recorder
  • spinning and tablet-weaving
  • sprang netting and naalbinding (ancient norse crafts)
  • needle-felting (see the fox below)
  • song and story booth* at medieval events...

the author

Where can I find her?

Find me where my books are sold:

Tour the landscapes of Norway and Cumbria as captured by painters of the past (and browse my own artwork) on Pinterest:

For breaking news, anecdotes, new images, and chat, find me on Facebook:

Shoot me a note at:

Read flash fiction glimpses into history on my blog:

Safe and Scrumptious:

Tasty recipes free of wheat, corn, milk, and tree nuts

A 98-page cookbook with recipes free from wheat, corn, milk, and tree nuts, including these sections:

  • Substitutions
  • Grains
  • Cookies and Cakes
  • Pies, Crisps, and other fruit delights
  • Desserts and Candy
  • Dressings and Condiments
  • Vegetables
  • Legumes and Chili
  • Soups and Stews
  • Meaty Main Dishes
  • Beverages
  • Miscellaneous (including plant food)

The $4.50 book includes a few tips for avoiding corn products, which aren't always flagged on labels.

You can read a wider variety of Holt's not-yet-published flash fiction on

(an online community of readers and writers)


flash fiction set in ages past

  • Celtic rebels
  • a girl of Zimbabwe baffled by Portuguese explorers
  • a footsore Norman squire
  • Chinese explorers stranded on Australia's northern coast
  • a Roman soldier gone AWOL and lost in a haunted forest
  • a cacao farmer paddling along the Caribbean coast
  • ...and many more tales

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flash fiction in many genres

A menagerie of flash fiction, hatched from ideas of many colors from here, there, and elsewhere: mostly fantasy but a sprinkling of sci-fi and contemporary.
  • chalk drawings rise to ominous life
  • a Sasquatch laments intrusion by little folk
  • a feline guardian prevents disaster
  • post-apocalypse lament about the cause of civilization's downfall
  • a housewife's wild adventures at the mall opening
  • a ghost finally wins free of the haunted mansion
  • ...and many more tales

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Family history works

authored or edited by Joyce Holt

Frederick William Hurst: accidental world traveler in the mid-1800's... sailing by tall ship from England to New Zealand to Australia to Hawaii to San Francisco; later by steam clipper from San Francisco back to New Zealand

Frederick William Hurst's artwork

(with commentary by Joyce Holt)

or view his work online: