About Me

Circles is Jae Holt's debut novel. Click the image to visit her CreateSpace store.

I was born and raised an island girl in Hawaii and spent much of my time reading and swimming. After graduating from high school, I decided a change of scenery would be nice and I ended up in Washington state, where I still read, but don't do much swimming. I do like to snowboard, though. Circles is my first novel that I self-published in October 2012. When I am not writing or reading, I am enjoying my time with my family and friends.What's with the orange hair in my profile pic, you ask? If I were an anime character, that's the color my hair would be!

So, that was the condensed biography. Want a little bit more? Then please, read on!

My earliest memories are of my father's towering bookshelf full of books (nearly all of them were sci-fi titles). I would sit with my dad and "read" books with him. When I started to learn the alphabet, my mother and grandmother also would set me in front of the t.v. and I would be mesmerized by Sesame Street, Mr. Rogers, 3-2-1-Contact!, and the Electric Company. Through these shows I discovered that letters made words, and came to the conclusion that my father's books had names. I would practice my skills by reading the titles and authors written on the spines. Reading became my favorite pastime.

I grew up believing my life was uneventful. To remedy that fact, as soon as I graduated from "See Jane Run" books, I dove right into fairy tale compilations, Disney fare (Little Golden Book versions), and Sunday comics. Then I went into a mystery phase and lived vicariously through Nancy Drew, the Hardy Boys, Trixie Belden, and the Bobbsey Twins. By middle school, my tastes in novels turned to mystery greats like Agatha Christie and Sue Grafton, but somehow my need for mystery turned to horror. I started with the Goosebumps series, but that was short-lived (possibly because I had gotten used to the more intense writing of Christie and Grafton) and by the start of high school, I was scaring myself with the likes of Dean R. Koontz, Stephen King, and V.C. Andrews. By my senior year, I fell in love with more macabre writers like Edgar Alan Poe and H.P. Lovecraft. It was also in my senior year that I discovered Dante Alighieri's Divine Comedies. I was only impressed with Inferno.

After moving to a new place and starting a family, it has occurred to me that my life has not been uneventful at all. The many friends, family, and close acquaintances I have met over the years has enriched my world and every one has influenced my writing. I may not be a world traveler, but I have traveled through books and come across people who are from different parts of the world who taught me more. Our family of three plus a few pets provides small adventures in living every day. And the best way I can think of to thank everyone who has entered my life is to write.