About the Author

Author Heather Grace Stewart

Heather Grace Stewart (born Heather Katherine Grace) is a poet and journalist who writes fast-paced, humorous and touching romance novels. She is the author of 18 published works. The Ticket, a romantic comedy inspired by a true story, became an International Kindle bestseller.

Heather’s books were traditionally published until 2016 when she decided to retain all rights and self-publish. She’s now had 275,000 copies downloaded and sold in print to readers around the world and all five novels have been published by Tantor or Dreamscape Media as audiobooks. In October 2020, The Ticket was translated into French. In October 2021 Polish rights to five of her novels were sold in a nice deal brokered by Metamorphosis Literary Agency and they will be translated into Polish worldwide in 2022.

After receiving her BA (Honours) in Canadian Studies at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario, Heather attended Montreal’s Concordia University for a graduate diploma in Journalism. She worked as chief reporter of a local paper and associate editor of the national magazines Harrowsmith Country Life and Equinox and Canadian Wildlife before starting her own freelance writing and editing business, Graceful Publications, in 1999.

Heather believes educating girls around the world is the answer to many problems. Since 2008, she has donated more than half the proceeds earned from her poetry sales to Unicef in the area of Education and especially Girls Education, as well as to The Red Cross and Because I Am A Girl, and will continue to donate to this cause with a portion of proceeds from both her poetry and novel sales. Graceful Publications currently sponsors Miriam, 15, and her family on their farm in Bolivia through Plan International’s Because I Am A Girl.

In 2008, she published her first poetry collection, “Where the Butterflies Go” (Graceful Publications, 2008). Reviewers call her poetry ‘modern’ and ‘unconventional’, the writing ‘tender’, ‘heartfelt’, and ‘vulnerable’. Additional poetry collections include: “Leap” (Graceful Publications, 2011), “Carry on Dancing” (Winter Goose Publishing, 2012), “Three Spaces” (Graceful Publications, 2013), Caged: New and Selected Poems (Graceful Publications, 2016) and Stargazing (Graceful Publications, 2020).

In her free time, Heather loves to spend time with her husband and their teenager, take photos, practice yoga, inline skate, garden, bake bread, dance like nobody’s watching, and sample craft beer—usually not at the same time. Visit her official website at heathergracestewart.com and follow her on Bookbub http://www.bookbub.com/authors/heather-grace-stewart or Goodreads plus her tweets on Twitter or her antics on Instagram.

Heather Grace Stewart reading from her first collection Where the Butterflies Go, summer 2008.
Reading from Three Spaces
Heather Grace Stewart reading at Chapters (Pointe Claire QC) from Three Spaces and Carry On Dancing; April 2013.
Heather Grace Stewart reading Strangely Incredibly Good – Novel Release Party reading, June 13, 2014.

In BC, Canada, January 2011.

With her family, July 2008

In her office, with her Muse/Mews Sam, March 2011

18 responses to “About the Author”

  1. I have just stumbled across you and your books but unfortunately I’ve missed the opportunity to read Stranely incredibly good for free online so I was looking for it at the library. Is it possible that I can’t find it at any library? I’ve searched the libraries online and it turns up nothing. Guess I need to purchase a copy and donate it afterwards! Unless you purposely kept it out of the libraries?

    • Hi Jodi. I’d never purposefully keep my books out of libraries. I’m an indie author. It’s really hard to get books distributed everywhere. Not only is it expensive for me to ship them to libraries and donate them, losing my royalties, (though I have done so for my local library and a few others nearby) it’s lots of work to ship them off, as I’m my own publisher. Also, the book has only been out for two years and the print run was only 300 copies. A very small run, for now! So that’s why you can’t find it! If you want to contact me at writer@hgrace.com I can happily send you a signed copy via Paypal, however, you could probably ask your library to buy it at Amazon (.com, .ca and I think in the UK too) and they can ship it in to the library. Happy reading!

  2. Hello Heather,
    I’m glad I came across your site accidentally last night , while reading another friend, Heather’s blog 😛 It’s such a beautiful, awesome and wonderful blog you’ve got! The blog name specially is heart-breakingly beautiful!! I must say your poems seem astounding to me . . . .they are simple, easy to understand and very very exotic, I tell you! ANd you seem to be a beautiful lady too, makes your poetry all the more worth to be coming from you.. .. . 🙂

    I’m a high school goer in Bangladesh,an Asian country. Currently taking my O level exams. . . .I love poetry too, even write some of my own.They’re in my blog :www.sinoritaenchantress.blogspot.com .I’d b e very grateful if you go through them once and leave me a little remark !

    Your poems inspire me A LOT, so I choose to follow you from now on, THank you! And keep up the AWESOME WORK…..:D may your pen never stop writing such magnificient poetry! All the best!

    Love Your Poetry,

    • Hi Bushra,
      Thanks for taking the time to write me. It’s always a good feeling to know
      I’ve reached a high schooler – that means I’m making poetry accessible to
      younger generations, keeping it alive – and then to learn you live
      as far away as Bangladesh -that’s amazing to me. The wonders of the
      Internet! Thanks for the encouragement. Keep on writing and of
      course I’ll visit and subscribe to your blog!
      Best wishes,

      • Aww,,,,don’t thank me for nothing ,Heather. Mypleasure that you wrote back. thank you.!!

        and Undoubtedly you reached us -the younger generations-…..that’s what makes ya a cool poet! 🙂

        and well , geographically Bangladesh might be far …but on the internet, everything’s a click away…so the distance doesnt make a headline these days..:P moreover, i’ve been to Canada twice..too pity i dint know ya then or else i’d hav bought ur books.

        For now
        Best of Luck!!
        Nice to hear form you 🙂


  3. You are going great guns – i would call it 3 G, thus. Let the SKY be the only limit. My best wishes, may you please accept.

      • Im a senior in High School. Im in a speech class and I HATE talking in front of classes, I get soo red because I cant stand people looking at me while I talk. People never believe me when I say I’m shy because I am so outgoing. but its when people stare! Oh my, I just cant stand it. But my teacher told us to look for a funny poem and a serious one, I have literally been on since I got home from school. That was 3:35 and it’s now 5:30 exact. Havent found ONE yet, then I found your page and fell in love with the facebook one “Five thousand Friends” Love it. And my teacher will too! Thank you so much! 🙂

  4. Heather, just wanted to tell you how much I like your blog, especially “Where the Butterflies Go” as butterfly is my nickname and my favorite symbol in the whole world. Thought you might enjoy a compliment from a new fan. Your poem Frankenstein was quite touching by the way.

    • Thanks so much for coming by and letting me know you enjoyed your visit, Cheryl. Always makes my day to hear things like that. My first poetry collection is the same title as this blog, “Where the Butterflies Go.” They are quite magical, aren’t they? I always sign those books something like, “be on the lookout for butterflies and other small miracles.”

  5. Dear Grace, Thanks for your kind comments on my blog. I am glad to hear that you like it. You have a great blog too. You’re so talented. I like your poems and photos a lot. 🙂

    I am not Canadian. I visited Banff NP in 2008. I fell in love with the Canadian Rockies.<3 sigh!!! I also think that Canadians are super sweet people. Very friendly and always smiling. I am thinking of visiting B.C (Victoria and Vancouver islands this fall).

  6. Hello Heather,

    I love your site, excellent name as well; looks don’t hurt much either (kick me anytime)… Seriously I think your work is excellent, I’ve been published on a limited site, once on a very excellent, yet serious optimistic site. @ http://www.Stop-The-Hate.Org (about halfway down the page give or take), it is the poem I posted on my site, called, “Without!” Anyway, I am going to definitively subscribe here, keep up the great work, awesome and inspiring material…

    Much Peace,
    Rich A.N.

  7. […] Heather Grace Stewart wrote her first poem at age five, inspired by falling down a lot while trying to figure skate. ‘At the Arena’ was published in her school newsletter. From that moment on, Heather was hooked on writing… Heather’s poems have been published in Canadian literary journals, newspapers and magazines, nation-wide school textbooks, online journals, international print anthologies, and in the British small presses. She viewers.was awarded Queen’s University’s McIlquham Foundation Prize in English Poetry and the UK  journal Various Artists’ Poet’s Poet Award.Her most recent collection of poetry and photos, ‘Leap‘, has been described as a “lovely lilt of language” and “a must for new and already hooked fans” by reviewer’s. Read More […]

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