Sunday, 12 June 2011

Meet the Authors: Heather Parker

We are very pleased to introduce you to today's featured writer...

Heather Parker

Brief Bio:
Heather Parker is a freelance writer in the UK, and was recently awarded the Benjamin Franklin House / Daily Telegraph Literary Prize. She has won several literary competitions, and her stories and articles have been published in many popular UK and US magazines, including the People's Friend and the Weekly News. She has had a novel published by Drollerie Press, with the sequel due out shortly, and a novella published by Wild Child Publishing. Her stories regularly appear in anthologies, including the Out of Line Peace and Justice Anthology, Absent Willow Review Anthology, Bridge House Publishing Young Adult Anthology, Hoi Polloi 111 Literary Journal, and 50 Stories fro Pakistan. Her short story, The Memory Box, will be published in the Stories for Sendai anthology.

You can find her online at

What genres do you write?
Humour, literary, fantasy, sci-fi, mystery, political.

What are you currently writing? Sum it up in 10 words or less.
My novel which will be published by Drollerie Press very soon--Middlewitch Mayhem.
"A young witch fights demons, the Women’s Institute and pregnancy..."

What do you do when you're not writing?
Go for long walks in the English Lake District where I live--with three cats, three dogs, and a husband.

What is your ultimate goal as a writer?
To finish and publish a very different novel I started a while ago--exploring the issues of freedom and tolerance.

How close are you to achieving this goal?
I’ve written about a third but hope to get back to it very soon. I don’t know when it will be published - but will keep sending it out and live in hope!

What is the single most important piece of advice you can give a fellow writer?
Try writing different genres. You may find one you really want to concentrate on--or you might decide you prefer variety. I never considered humour when I first started writing--but have probably sold most stories in this genre. I still enjoy writing seriously about the issues I really care about, but satire is fun! And politicians and bank managers make wonderful targets...

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