About Steff

Steff Green is an author, blogger, metalhead and alternative wedding celebrant living in an off-grid home on 4 acres of rural paradise in New Zealand with her cantankerous drummer husband, her cat Socrates, a menagerie of farmyard animals, and their medieval sword collection.

About Steff


So, you’ve arrived on this site, and you can see it’s about some weird heavy metal lass who writes books. And you’re wondering “who is this mad blind metal chick talking all this shit? I want to find out who she is so I can send her flowers/send her hate mail/send her a Darkthrone t shirt/send her to church.”

Hello. That crazy blind lass is me, Steff. I’m a USA Today bestselling and award-winning author of paranormal romance, gothic fiction, and dark fantasy. Born in New Zealand and raised on a steady diet of metal and out-of-print archaeology books, I’m now a novelist, speaker, writing mentor, and professional iron maiden.

Loves: music, adventure, sausage rolls, ducks.

Hates: black jellybeans, nail polish, and enemies of metal.

Writing is my business. I write paranormal romance under the name Steffanie Holmes, and I’m a USA Today bestselling author (I might have mentioned that before …) I’m most well-known for my Briarwood Witches series and the ten Crookshollow books – contemporary paranormal stories set in a tiny fictional UK village where not everything is as it seems. Think ‘Midsomer Murders’ but with shapeshifters and ghosts and witches and other fun stuff.

I’m also the author of six dark fantasy books under the name S C Green – including the Engine Ward series (steampunk with dinosaurs), that begins with The Sunken (you can read it for free), and a post-apocalyptic urban fantasy series (co-written with Lindsey R. Loucks) called Chronicles of the Wraith, which begins with the book Petrified City.

With my friend and fab illustrator Bree Roldan, I wrote and crowdfunded a children’s picture book called Only Freaks Turn Things Into Bones. Inspired by our own experiences of bullying, the book is about a little grim reaper who gets bullied because he’s different. The Kickstarter campaign was so successful we’ve accepted a publishing deal from Odyssey Books, and Only Freaks Turn Things Into Bones will be published in early 2019.

And – because who needs time for sleeping – I also provide freelance content to awesome companies and speaker at literary festivals, business seminars, and leadership events around the world.

I have a rare genetic condition known as Achromotopsia. The retina of my eye has no cone cells. I’m completely colour blind, photophobic, and legally blind. In 2017, I was awarded the Attitude Award for Artistic Achievement, which recognises achievement in the disability sector. In 2018 I was a finalist for a Women of Influence award in the arts category.

My Cantankerous Drummer Husband (CDH for short) and I live in an off-grid home we designed and built ourselves on 4 acres of paradise overlooking the rugged Kaipara coastline, with four cats, a menagerie of barnyard animals, and our medieval sword collection.

Questions? Comments? T-shirts for sale? Contact me.

Official Bio

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Steff Green is a USA Today bestselling and award-winning author, blogger, metalhead and heavy metal maiden living in an off-grid home on 4 acres of rural paradise in New Zealand with her cantankerous drummer husband, four cats, a menagerie of farmyard animals, and their medieval sword collection.

She publishes dark fantasy and science fiction under the name S C Green, and paranormal romance as Steffanie Holmes. Her most popular books are set in the fictional English town of Crookshollow and are described by one reviewer as “dark and steamy … a gothic delight.”

Her steampunk dark fantasy novel, The Sunken, has been called “… one of the most original books I’ve ever read.” (I Heart Reading) and “one of my most enjoyable reads of this year, cracking along at high speed and using intriguing ideas to create a world that’s like a cracked mirror version of our own history.” BookieMonster.

A passionate advocate for independent musicians, authors and artists, and a prominent figure in the alternative music scene, Steff is regularly called on as an expert on the topics of metal and goth subculture, creativity, writing, self-publishing, and living with a disability. She has appeared on Breakfast TV, Radio NZ, and Attitude TV in New Zealand, and she’s also been featured in NZ Women’s Weekly, Daily Mail,, The Spinoff, NZ Woman’s Day, That’s Life!, New Idea, NZ Herald, AetherNZ, and Devolution Magazine. She has collaborated with the likes of Guitar World and Sheri Moon Zombie, written a regular column on metal and gothic subculture for clothing brand Lip Service, and created metal content for alternative store Rebelsmarket and Gothic Angel Clothing.

Steff has written more than 3,000 articles in print and online, including pieces for The Spinoff, The Big Idea, 2 for Couples, Air Miles Canada, Abilities, Verge, Matador Travel, Transitions Abroad, Kiki, Backwoods Home, Backhome, Turkey Country, and Writers Weekly, Problogger, Writing World, The Writer, and Empty Easel. She placed second in the War of the Words competition for her novel, Thorn, and has won numerous awards for her short fiction and poetry.

As a speaker, Steff is engaging, inspirational, and hilarious. She has given keynotes, presentations, workshops, and sat on panels at CANZ (Celebrant association of NZ), National Writers Forum, and the Romance Writers of New Zealand conference. She also teaches regular writing and self-publishing workshops around Auckland, and is a member of the NZ Authors Association and the Romance Writers of NZ.

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