Hi. It’s me, Holly West.

WHO: Holly West

WHAT: Crime fiction writer and editor. Tarot enthusiast. Petter of dogs. Solidly Gen-X.

WHERE: In the shadow of the prison on the hill.

WHY: That’s the question, isn’t it? I blogged a lot in the early days, back when MySpace was fading, and Facebook wasn’t quite a thing yet. Over the years, I abandoned it in favor of pithy tweets and heavy-handed Facebook posts about politics.

I can’t say that social media has run its course for me, but its attraction is waning, and I know I’m not alone. I still have things to say, and having never truly put an effort into writing a newsletter, I decided to give it a real try.

What to write about? It’s hard to distill everything that interests me into one snappy newsletter title, and I’m in awe of the people who manage it. One thing is certain, however—if I don’t start, I’ll never find my voice on this medium, and it’s something I’d like to do.

I’ve decided this newsletter will focus on my two strongest interests: crime fiction (writing and reading) and using tarot cards as a journaling prompt for self-care and personal growth to clear space in your brain to make room for creativity. If you think my take on these subjects might interest you, I invite you to subscribe.

I don’t quite know where this path will take us, but I’m excited to find out.

Holly xx

What to Expect

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TAROT TUESDAYS: This is the “Turn” part of “Twists & Turns.” As in “turning the cards.” Each Tuesday, I’ll pull a card from one of my tarot decks, and we’ll use it as a journal prompt with guidance from my favorite tarot books. This has been a near-daily part of my mental health practice for almost two years, and it’s made such a difference in my life—I hope it will be helpful to you, too.

FRIDAY FAVORITES: Friday’s topics will be more fluid, but there’ll be plenty of book recommendations, author interviews, insights on writing fiction (especially structure), and, if I’m feeling fancy, a rundown of things I’ve loved lately.

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People

Holly West (she/her) is a crime fiction writer and editor based in Northern California.