My Writing

Heather's MA certificate is seen from above, along with a black Moleskine journal and automatic pencil. Several motivational cards can also be seen.I have been writing most of my life, and have written short stories, novels, and poetry. I wrote a trilogy of fantasy novels when I was in my mid-late teens, and then a few standalones. I still have the manuscripts in a drawer. Since then I’ve worked on several more novels, a smattering of poetry, and I have a thriving daily journaling practice. I am constantly aiming to improve, and have returned to looking for representation in 2018.

Academically, I read for a BA (Hons) in English (1999-2002), including studying poetry with Carol Ann Duffy, and an MA in Creative Writing (2002-2006), both from Manchester Metropolitan University. During my Master’s degree, I studied publishing with Michael Schmidt and novel writing with Andrew Biswell.

I successfully completed National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) in 2004 and 2018.

Recently, I have discovered a love of writing book reviews. Given I am an avid reader, this fits me perfectly and I rather enjoy writing them. I publish my reviews on Netgalley, Goodreads, Amazon (UK and US), Waterstones, and my blog.

Having tried many techniques over the years, I now write using Scrivener (synced across multiple Apple iOS devices), a few decent Moleskine journals, and my trusty Uni Kuru Toga pencils.

I’m also an Emerging Author member of the Society of Authors.

 

Current Projects

In Revisions: Solace, a ~96k-word novel about grief and spirituality.

Blurb: As the wife of an Anglican Vicar on the Isle of Man, Meghan Colquhoun is a considerate and active member of the community. She and her husband, Peter, however, are struggling with the pain of infertility, which paints a subtle strain on their marriage. When Meghan becomes unexpectedly pregnant, the Colquhouns finally get a glimpse of the future they have hoped for. But life doesn’t always turn out the way you think … 

Writing: A Song for Abigail (working title) during NaNoWriMo 2019 — follow along with my progress on Instagram!

Blurb: Harpist Abby is on course to study classical music at university, but secrets, prejudices, and the pressure of family put it all at risk — as does a secret of her own. Her best friend Kemi also has her own secret, one which could test their friendship to the limit, whilst grief haunts both families. Music could be the key to bringing them all together — or it could tear them all apart… 

 

Old Writing (pre-2006)

Back in the mid/late-1990s and early 2000s, I was actively submitting works (under my maiden name) to various magazines, online and off, with some success. Life Happened, then, as it is wont to do, and I stopped submitting for a long, long time. Several house moves later and I’m not sure where my Publications list ended up, but here’s what I can remember.

*denotes a magazine that has since ceased publication.

Short Stories: 

  • “Firebreather, Manslayer” published in The Dragon Chronicle #19 (2000)*
  • “When The Songs Cease” published on Gateway (1999)*

Poetry:

  • “Physeter” recieved an Honourable Mention in BBC Wildlife Magazine‘s Poet of the Year Awards (2001)
  • “My Lady” published on Gateway (2001)*
  • Reflections, an anthology of poetry, self-published (1996)
  • “Population” recognised by NGO Population Concern (later merged into Plan International); published in their newsletter (1995)
  • “Royal Mail”, recognised by Royal Mail; published in their newsletter (1994)

Miscellaneous: