I’m Heather, a freelance graphic designer and writer who lives in Hertfordshire, UK.
My life goals are pretty simple: buy my own home (or maybe live on a narrowboat…), own a dog, and make money from writing novels. Oh, and be happy, of course 🙂
Although I’ve been writing for five years, I only really started taking it seriously three years ago. So seriously in fact, that I quit my full-time job as a graphic designer in London to take a part-time creative job in my childhood school, leaving the rest of my spare time for writing and sporadic freelance design work. This decision didn’t go down well with the majority of my family, all of whom thought I was crazy, ditching a well-paid and stable job for a part-time one with limited career progression. I can’t say I blame them; they only wanted what they thought was best for me. But I had to do what I thought was best for me, and I’m glad I made the leap, however hard it was. Although I have yet to publish one of my books, I have self-published a colouring book, and made great strides towards my ultimate goal of finishing a novel. Having started with just one writing project, I am currently working on no less than five, and you can read more about them all here (link under construction!).
Now for some real talk: I would be lying if I pretended I was where I wanted to be, three years on from making my career switch. I assumed I would have a novel published (self-published or otherwise). Maybe even several. But that’s not the case, and I’m learning to be OK with that. After all, three years is about the same length of time one might take to complete a university degree, so by that logic, I try to look back at the past few years as my ‘practice and improving years’, and perhaps it would be silly to think otherwise. Writing is the same as any skill: it takes time to learn and hone.
I really hope you enjoy reading my blog. I mainly share information and resources that have helped me, but I also post the occasional book review or updates on my works-in-progress, and I’d love to have you along for the ride!
Thanks for reading,