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When a young Holden Sheppard found out blokes weren't meant to talk about feelings, he began to write stories instead.

Twenty years later, the boy from Geraldton, Western Australia is a multi-award winning author. His debut novel Invisible Boys (Fremantle Press, 2019) achieved both commercial and critical success, winning multiple awards including the 2019 WA Premier's Prize for an Emerging Writer and the 2018 City of Fremantle Hungerford Award.

Holden's second novel The Brink (Text Publishing, 2022) won the Young Adult Book of the Year Award at the 2023 Indie Book Awards. The Brink was also shortlisted for the NSW Premier's Literary Awards, the Australian Book Industry Awards (ABIAs) and the Queensland Writers' Centre's Adaptable program.

In 2023, Invisible Boys was greenlit for production as a ten-episode TV series with Stan Australia, with filming underway in early 2024.

Holden is now working on his third and fourth novels. He lives in Perth, with his husband and his V8 ute.

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Holden Sheppard promo photo. Image credit: Jess Gately. 

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