Holly Marlow

Adoption and Fostering Stories and Resources

About Holly Marlow

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Holly Marlow is a British author and parent to biological and adopted children. Holly strives for a gentle/therapeutic parenting style and this has led her to create stories to help children to understand some of the emotional and practical complexities of adoption.

Holly enjoys travelling (especially searching for chameleons, geckos and snakes in the wild parts of Africa) and learning foreign languages. Holly has fibromyalgia and has spent a lot of time trying to raise awareness of the chronic pain condition, giving presentations in schools and universities. Holly also enjoys baking and gardening, and is terrible at both.


After graduating from Keele University with a dual honours degree in German and Management Science, Holly spent 13 years working in the Aerospace and Defence industry in various roles in commercial/contract management.

Holly’s first book “Delly Duck” came to life while she was having discussions with her daughter about adopting a younger sibling. Holly’s daughter asked a lot of questions about all aspects of the process, but the thing she really struggled with was the separation of a child from his or her mother. She rightly identified that this must be a difficult and distressing aspect of adoption, and couldn’t understand why a mother and child would or should ever be separated. Holly wanted to support this empathy towards the birth mother, while gently showing that the decision to remove a child from their mother would not have been taken lightly. Above all, Holly wanted to portray that all adults involved wanted the best for Little Chick, and that he is so very loved. 

Chronic Pain Advocacy

Holly is diagnosed with a chronic pain condition called fibromyalgia and has previously been interviewed for YouTube video “Living with Fibromyalgia,” which won a video contest to be aired as a Public Service Announcement in the USA to raise awareness about fibromyalgia, and has been used by university lecturers in the UK to educate trainee nurses.

Holly has previously given presentations in schools and at universities to raise awareness of chronic invisible illnesses, including Fibromyalgia, Lyme disease, M.E., Systemic Lupus Erythematosus, Multiple Sclerosis, Ankylosing Spondylitis and Complex Regional Pain Syndrome.