Thank you for being here! My name is Heather.

I’m a writer …

Just in case I haven’t made that totally obvious yet. You can learn more about my professional work here, and you can read about my transition into freelance life here. My primary focus is ghostwriting or co-authoring book manuscripts, with special emphasis on personal memoir or autobiography. I studied creative writing at Vanderbilt University, and I’m a member of the Authors Guild.

Being a writer is more than a profession, it’s about becoming the person I was wired to be. I endeavor to grow in my creative expression and bravely embrace projects outside my current wheelhouse, so the boundaries of said wheelhouse can expand. I find great joy in both the process and the results of collaborating with people to tell their stories with power and beauty.

I’m a world traveler …

My adopted hometown is Nashville, Tennessee, though I’ve also lived in San Francisco, Berkeley, Lake Tahoe, Las Vegas and Washington, D.C. Ever since I lived abroad as a teenager, I’ve had nearly incurable wanderlust. When I’m not bounding around the U.S., I may be concocting an international adventure like volunteering in Greece or Uganda, creating video stories in Cambodia, painting murals in Belgium, or spending a few months in France, just because I can.

I speak French with more or less fluency. I have an affinity for people from the British Commonwealth and their accents, which I occasionally imitate (even, or especially, when I’m talking to myself) — only I end up sounding Cockney or like someone from South Carolina. I’ve traveled as far as Australia, and New Zealand currently tops my list of next destinations. (Lord of the Rings tour, anyone?)

I’m a follower of the Way …

A longtime Christ follower, I’m more recently a joyful pilgrim on the Canterbury Trail and attend Saint Mary of Bethany Parish here in Nashville. My spiritual journey is now some years past arrested development on my way toward fulfilled potential, with recent stops in bitterville and cynic city (see “incurable wanderlust” above). Along the way my baggage has gotten lighter, not because I’m stronger, but because I just got too tired of carrying the weight. God’s grace has brought much healing, as well as patience with the sometimes bafflingly slow process. With age comes gratitude for the many times I’ve come to the end of myself, only to find Holy Love waiting for me there.

I’m pursuing a freer life …

My pursuit of a more creative life is essentially about freedom — choosing to step out of the rushing rapids modern life subjects us to. It takes a measure of bravery to resist the status quo. Some of my deviance from “normal” isn’t by choice, but many aspects I’ve sought ardently. I believe, like many others, that freedom is the new American dream. But my sense of freedom has grown more existential than deciding how to spend my best hours. It’s also about becoming unshackled from the unreasonable and merciless expectations I’ve had of myself for too many years.

78% of people think “personal freedom” is the new American Dream.

And while this website might look gregarious, don’t be fooled. I’m a staunch introvert who works from home so much that I’ve taken to ironing my pajamas. I love meeting kindred spirits, so if any of this quirk resonates with you, please feel free to email me or connect on Twitter.

INFJ (c) INFJoe