Who am I? What do I do?
Welcome to jedwardsholt.com! Allow me to introduce myself. My name is J. Edwards Holt and I’m an aspiring author of fantasy fiction. In my free time, I enjoy writing and drawing, watching science fiction/super hero movies, collecting comic books, and spending time with friends and family.
Before I decided to become a writer, I worked as a teacher for eight years. In my senior year of high school, I worked as a camp counselor and an assistant in the after-school program, eventually going on to be Site Director for that same program. After that ended, I worked as the director of education at a local Boys and Girls Club, then a teacher assistant, and eventually became a certified teacher. While teaching had its benefits, it just wasn’t the job for me. I eventually decided to leave the field of education and pursue my dream to become an author.
Where does my name come from?
I chose to use the initial “J” instead of my first name for my pen name years ago before I wrote my first book. I always liked the sound of the name, and I told myself that if I ever published anything, it would be under that pseudonym. I even went ahead and opened various social media accounts such as Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram… just in case. Now that I’m publishing my first book, I decided to use the pen name.
What kinds of things do I write?
All my works are fantasy themed with Christian messages inside. You may not be able to tell that my books are Christian-based upon first glance, but after reading them you will see they all are meant to instill those kinds of values.
For me, writing Christian books means everything. As much as I love to write, doing it without a spiritual theme/message would just seem pointless. As someone who grew up in a Christian home, I always wanted to be a minister in some way or another, and I feel that writing Christian books has now become my ministry. My goal for all my books is not just for the reader to enjoy them, but also to teach important life lessons and values.
When I started writing “Little Men, Big Treasures”, my first book that is now in the process of being published, I had not yet considered being a Christian author. My book was simply a fantasy-themed story that I was writing just to be writing, mostly for fun. However, halfway through writing the first draft, I was told that my publisher only accepted religious books, so I came up with the idea to give the book a Christian message. Immediately my work went from a dull, halfway-decent project to something I felt incredibly passionate about. I went back and changed lots of things in my story to include a religious message and ultimately teach a valuable lesson. During a final edit, my editor informed me that my book did a perfect job of conveying the Christian message that I was going for.
To sum it all up, you could say that I’m an aspiring fantasy author that incorporates Bible-based messages into my works. While that doesn’t describe everything that I do, it tells you enough about me and what I stand for. If you want to know more about me, you can always follow my social media accounts like Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Tumblr, and TikTok to keep up with my latest projects!
Lastly, thank you to everyone who visits my website and to everyone who follows my work. Thanks to your support, I’m encouraged to keep on writing! Links to all my books/publications will be right here on my website, and super easy to find. Thank you for visiting jedwardsholt.com!