Holly Smale’s love for writing began when she was five and has culminated in four bestselling books – Geek Girl, Model Misfit, Picture Perfect and All That Glitters, published in 2015 – following nerdy teenager Harriet Manners. Two more books in the series are scxheduled.
Smale was unexpectedly spotted by a top London modelling agency at the age of fifteen and spent the following two years falling over on catwalks, going bright red and breaking things she couldn’t afford to replace. By the time she had graduated from Bristol University with a BA in English Literature and an MA in Shakespeare she had given up modelling and set herself on the path to becoming a writer.
Smale’s experiences as a teen model and of being bullied at school inspired Geek Girl, which was the number one bestselling young adult fiction title in the UK in 2013. It was shortlisted for several major awards including the Roald Dahl Funny Prize and the Branford Boase award, nominated for the Queen of Teen award and won the teen and young adult category of the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize and the 11-14 category of the Leeds Book Award.