Heather is a poet and journalist who writes fast-paced, humorous and touching romance novels. She is the author of 17 published works. The Ticket, a romantic comedy inspired by a true story, became an International Kindle bestseller and is now optioned to become a movie or television series. The Ticket and her novel Strangely, Incredibly Good were top ten finalists in the Tale Flick Discovery Contest where books are selected to be adapted to the screen.
Heather’s books were traditionally published until 2016 when she decided to retain all rights and self-publish. She’s now had over 100,000 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. The Ticket was translated into French in October 2020.
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 Harrowsmith Country Life and Equinox magazines 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, 14, 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) and Caged: New and Selected Poems (Graceful Publications, 2016).
In her free time, Heather loves to spend time with her husband and daughter, 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.
In BC, Canada, January 2011.
With her family, July 2008
In her office, with her Muse/Mews Sam, March 2011