Holly Heisey

I’m Holly! I write and illustrate other worlds.

I love imaginary worlds, be they epic medieval times, outer space, or someplace yet to be discovered. Bringing these worlds to life—their people, scenery, and grandeur—is my passion.

I’m a science fiction and fantasy author and have an ongoing project to release my fiction in Creative Commons. I’m also an award-winning illustrator and designer with a portfolio I’m lovingly growing all the time. And to bridge the (not so wide) gap between illustration and writing, I write alien poetry, complete with poetic translations.

I’ve created a lot of book covers in my years as a freelance artist, and I’ve been sharing back what I’ve learned through free Youtube tutorials.


I write and serialize #ownvoices non-binary and queer space opera novels. I’ve had a featured novel on Wattpad and have ongoing series on Wattpad and Radish. My short fiction and interactive fiction has appeared in sub-Q, Intergalactic Medicine Show, Escape Pod, and Diabolical Plots, as well as the World Fantasy Award Finalist for Best Anthology Clockwork Phoenix 5, and Lambda Award Winning Transcendent 2: The Year’s Best Transgender Speculative Fiction.

On this site, I post my complete and ongoing serial novels and short stories that are out of exclusivity, as well as some that are brand new. It's my passion to write and release works as free, shareable, remixable, and adaptable—even commercially—in Creative Commons, and many of my stories on this site are released in this license. Please check the license on each story before using, and if you make something new, please let me know! I'd love to see it!

Serial Novels

Short Stories


Support My Work



I’ve worked in publishing, album art, and film, and my clients include The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, Factor Four Magazine, SciFutures, Evolved Publishing, Phoenix Pick/Arc Manor, and New York Times and USA Today bestselling authors.

I’m not currently taking on new clients, but I am making new art! Prints available here.

Poetry from the Stars

I write and translate artistic poetry from other worlds. These are some of those transmissions.



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