Heather's fiction seeks to explore the relationship between body and landscape, utilizing genre as a medium. She believes that American Horror Fiction provides a lens through which we can undress and view the timeless dis/ease of our society.
Her fiction features typical American families and archetypes, then explodes the space where their disillusionment and hope collide. Her characters are constantly seeking a “promised land” built around the mythos of America, only to find themselves trapped in an internal landscape that is fast fracturing and often mirrored in an external environment.
Heather holds an MFA from New Mexico State University, where she was fortunate enough to study with Antonya Nelson, Robert Boswell, and Kevin McIlvoy. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in various publications including the Dark Screams Anthology:Volume 10, Cemetery Dance, The Alaska Quarterly, South Carolina Review, and Snake Nation Review. Her fiction has earned the Frank Waters Prize, an Individual Artist Grant from the Nebraska Arts Council, and a scholarship to the Prague Summer Program for Writers.
Her first novel, Consumption, is available now from Random House imprint Hydra. Her Young Adult Novel The Corpse Queen will be available from Penguin Putnam in Spring 2021 to be followed by another as yet unnamed title in 2022.
Heather is represented by Barbara Poelle from the Irene Goodman Literary Agency.