John Holland


John Holland's works of poetry and fiction draw upon his experiences growing up in the Australian outback. He has been a stockman (the Australian equivalent of a cowboy), a miner, roadworker, professional hunter, newspaper columnist and media officer for a politician.

Connect with John at Poetry Sans Frontieres and on Twitter @BingCrosby9.

Smashwords Interview

Describe your desk
My desk is cluttered with yet to be filed objects. A letter from Smashwords, an extract from The Fabric, a book I've written with my co-author Nia Simone from California. There's also a note book with various things I'm likely to forget written in it.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in the Australian outback. This has influenced all parts of my life, including how I write.
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Mark Taggart and the Circle of Stones
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 63,290. Language: English. Published: June 29, 2019 . Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Visionary & Metaphysical, Fiction » Adventure » Action
Made leader of an army of men and entrusted with the lives of thousands of people, Mark Taggart must fight armies, beasts and a darkly magical being to make it back home, save his family, and right an ancient crime.
Old Year's Day
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 61,190. Language: Australian English. Published: May 18, 2017 . Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Utopias & dystopias, Fiction » Science fiction » Apocalyptic
In a future where The Corporation controls all things, even time, a prisoner holds the key to escape.
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 82,440. Language: English. Published: November 9, 2015 . Categories: Fiction » Literary collections » Australian & Oceanian
Includes Somewhere Far from Iris: Shane Morris walks into an explosive situation that involves the secret of his origin. The Light at the Bottom of the Garden: Senior Police Constable Mick Creedy faces his toughest case. Bitter Bread: A severely scarred reclusive man is embroiled in a labour dispute. Left of the Rising Sun: A boy survives a plane crash and walks 300 kilometres through the outback.
Left of the Rising Sun
Series: Heartland, Book 4. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 21,300. Language: English. Published: October 2, 2014 . Categories: Fiction » Adventure » General
When ten-year-old Buck Brown is the sole survivor of a plane crash in the interior of Australia's Northern Territory, he decides to walk several hundred kilometres home. This journey of survival tests Buck’s strength and ingenuity as he learns the ways of life and death in this corner of the wilderness.
Bitter Bread
Series: Heartland, Book 3. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 17,950. Language: English. Published: August 23, 2014 . Categories: Fiction » Literature » Plays & Screenplays
After his wife’s death, all Dexter Knight wants is to make a living in peace, but the owners of the meatworks, the main employer in the west Queensland town of Brighton Australia, try to squeeze more labour for less money. The workers take a stand for their rights, and Dexter takes a stand that could cost him everything: his peace, his business, even his life.
The Light at the Bottom of the Garden
Series: Heartland, Book 2. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 22,270. Language: English. Published: July 4, 2014 . Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
When a lovely English governess goes missing from the homestead on a local cattle station in the Australian outback, Senior Police Constable Mick Creedy faces his toughest case, one that will change his life.
Somewhere Far from Iris
Series: Heartland, Book 1. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 21,970. Language: English. Published: June 17, 2014 . Categories: Fiction » Literature » Plays & Screenplays
A man struggling with depression travels back to his Australian outback hometown to reconstruct himself and walks into an explosive situation that is somehow entangled with the secret of his origin.

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