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 … 

In Planning: New novel for NaNoWriMo 2019.

 

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: