MY OFFICIAL AUTHOR BIO — BECAUSE IT SOUNDS SO PROFESSIONAL, AND THEY SAY I MUST HAVE ONE.
HEATHER MARIE ADKINS is an author and avid bibliophile with the library to prove it. To date, she has dabbled in numerous genres including chick lit, historical romance, horror, mystery, and various forms of the paranormal. Her influences include Jennifer Crusie, Laurell K Hamilton, Kim Harrison, and Jim Butcher. She first began publishing her work in June 2011, much to the chagrin of her mother. The somewhat insane, often hectic, but absolutely amazing years since have proven without a doubt, writing is her drug.
She is the author of nearly twenty highly-rated titles including: The Temple (Vale Avari, Book One); Abigail (Witch Faery, Book One); His Haunting Kiss (His Kiss, Book One); Mother of All (Hedgewitch Mysteries, Book One); Heaven Below (Goddess of Ptalonia, Book One); and Wiccan Wars, the first book in an occult bestselling trilogy.
Heather’s novels have hit numerous bestseller lists over the years. In September of 2011, she was chosen as the Louisville Eccentric Observer’s Reader’s Choice “3rd Best Local Author,” and received the same honor the next year. In 2012, the eFestival of Words nominated The Temple for BEST NOVEL and Cause & Effect for BEST DRAMA. Then in early 2013, Constant State of Disaster was chosen as a second round finalist in the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award.
Heather is currently working on numerous projects, including a thriller with a ghostly protagonist, a dark urban fantasy, and the first in a new witchcraft cozy mystery series. In 2016, she will be branching into New Adult/Contemporary romances under the pen name NOLIA MCCARTY, as well as mid-grade fantasy titles under the pseudonym DEEDEE BURNS.
Heather lives for magick and words, but not necessarily in that order. She can often be found wrangling chickens in her backyard, pulling weeds from her herb garden, and saving field mice from her cats. She would give anything to live in a cottage in Ireland. She worships the moon and stars, and loves the feel of grass beneath her bare feet.
A practicing witch, Heather lives in north-central Kentucky with a house full of animals and the love of her life — all of whom drive her crazy.
She blogs about life and love at heather.bishoffs.com. For strictly book news, visit her blog at heathermarieadkinsauthor.com, or visit her website at heathermarieadkins.com.
But you’re not here for that, right? Let’s take it down a notch. Pull up a chair, and I’ll tell you about the real me.
Merry meet! My name’s Heather Marie Adkins — and that’s my actual name, not a pen name, because GAWD FORBID I write a book and not see my name on the cover. That’s been my dream all my life. I remember vividly the day I stood in a Books-A-Million and told my mother she’d see my name on book covers one day. As you can see by the steadily growing list of my published novels, I’m working hard to keep that name spitting out books like a machine.
I don’t know how else to live. Writing is my one true love. It’s okay, you can tell my husband — he already knows.
I was born on a bright, sunny afternoon, when I decided to make my appearance in the world while my mother was vacuuming. To this day, I hate vacuums. Also, we probably don’t need to go that far back, huh?
I’m a crazy cat lady and a coffee-holic with a book buying problem. I own an abnormal amount of books, both print and digital, and an abnormal amount of cats (17). I was blessed with four parents early in life. One set gave me my two sisters; the other set gave me a kid brother twenty years younger than me.
I was raised in Louisville, the biggest city in Kentucky — though the rest of the state likes to pretend we don’t exist. We are home to the Kentucky Derby, the Louisville Slugger, and a whole lotta rednecks. Louisville is a quaint mix of young, artsy city living and backwoods, down-home porch swinging. I was born here, I still live here, but I’m trying like heck to get out and see the world.
I’m a witch. Yeah, like a real one. I began studying Wicca in 2003 and have followed a Pagan path ever since, though I’ve gone through several incarnations of trying to decide what to call said path. Finally, in the past few years, I chose to simply be called “witch.” I am a tree-hugging, goddess-worshipping vegetarian-transitioning-to-vegan who loves to dance barefoot in the grass and sing at the top of her lungs (no matter how badly).
My spirituality not only rules my actions and words in real life, it is the fuel behind my books and stories. I want to be someone who brings real witchcraft to readers through my books, and who lives and breathes the “harm none” tenants of spirituality as a spokesperson for witchcraft today. Being a witch doesn’t mean hexes and warts; it means loving all, living in harmony with nature, and a deep love for the Divine.
I started writing twenty years ago when I really wanted to be like R.L. Stine. Several never-to-be-seen novels later, I changed my mind a bit and started writing whatever felt right. To date, I’ve dabbled in numerous genres including chick lit, historical romance, horror, mystery, and various forms of the paranormal. I first began publishing my work in June 2011, much to the chagrin of my mother who would prefer I be a doctor or lawyer. Or a police officer, like her.
I have a black belt in Tae Kwon Do, though all that got me in the end was a shattered pinkie finger that no longer bends. On the bright side, I type faster with nine fingers than most people do with ten. I love to travel and would give my good pinkie and my soul for a cottage in Ireland where I could write in peace. As it is, I have to fight through a lifetime’s worth of distractions just to write ten sentences. In the time it took me to write this bio, I broke up a feline argument, picked up shattered pieces of coffee mug, answered nine phone calls from my mother, and stopped the apocalypse from happening.
There’s nothing I can’t do. (Please save me.)
Right now, my genre hovers around paranormal in all its glorious subgenres, but that will be changing in the near future. As I mentioned in my fancy-schmancy professional bio above, I’ll be branching into new adult/contemporary romance in 2016 under a pen name, as well as a second pen name for mid-grade fantasy (think Harry Potter.) I’m excited to take my writing career in new directions in 2016.
I am an independent author. An indie. What does that mean? It means I’m not backed by a publisher. It doesn’t mean I couldn’t get a publisher — I’ve never even tried. Did you know a traditionally published author is lucky to make ten cents per 7.99 book after all the middle men are paid their cut of the beef? How’s this sound instead — on a 2.99 book, I earn two dollars. For the first time in history, there is opportunity for authors to actually earn a living at writing. And that’s my dream, my ultimate, desperate dream: I want to be able to quit my day job and write full-time.
Being an indie author means I hire my own cover artist and editor. I do my own ebook and print book formatting. I do my own marketing. All of this comes out of my pocket up front. A traditional publisher has a pretty decent budget to cover all of the above. They often have numerous editors and proofreaders throughout the publishing process, which is why you so rarely see traditionally published books with errors. Indies aren’t so lucky. Most of us live paycheck to paycheck, so we have to give up a lot to save the money for our books.
While I try to emulate the trad pub process, sometimes errors slip through. I use a combination of editors and beta readers to try to clean up my manuscripts as much as possible, but it’s a fact of life “to err is human.”
So … If you find an error in one of my books, please don’t hesitate to email me! I will happily reward you with a free copy of one my other books or some other fun gift.
I’m also always looking for people willing to read for me. I will give a free ebook to anyone willing to proofread my books for errors AND willing to leave me an Amazon review. If you’d like to be involved in my beta reading process, either email me firstname.lastname@example.org or join my Facebook group “Books by Heather Marie Adkins.”
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