About Heather Harris-Brady

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Ugh, a bio – what is this anyway, history class? The ones on books are too short to be interesting, there’s not enough room to tell you that I have a fear of clowns or lay out my three rules of spiders. But hey, this is my blog so I can just ramble on as long as I feel like it! If you want just the dishy bits jump to the quiz at the end.

This is where I write most of the time:

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Professionally speaking, I have a B.A. in journalism from Michigan State University with a minor in graphic design.  I’m also attend SCBWI events. While I have spent the last 20 years in marketing (my full-time day job), I did pay my dues for a few years as a reporter. When I’m not writing I enjoy cooking and gardening with my ever-present shadow – our toy poodle Minnie. I’m married to my college sweetheart, a member of my brother floor from freshman year!

(She’s not supposed to be on the couch. . .)

I read a LOT. With a middle-grader and a YA reader in the house I get the best of both worlds. It’s impossible for me to pick a favorite book, so I’ll just give you a random list 🙂

  • The kid-alone-against-the-world group: Island of the Blue Dolphins, the Other Side of the Mountain series
  • The classics: Little Women, the Little House on the Prairie series
  • Mysteries: Nancy Drew, Agatha Christie
  • Newer MG: The Sisters Club, The Thing about Jellyfish
  • Newer YA: Divergent/Insurgent/Allegiant (Yes, I thought these were better then The Hunger Games and, no, I didn’t watch the movies. I’m hardcore like that.)

There’s oodles more, of course, but you can totally see my love for amazing heroines!

Favorite Snack: White cheddar popcorn

Since I can’t resist a quiz here’s my bio, presented in the form of 20 questions courtesy of Glamour.com.  

  1. What animal, besides humans, do you think would make the best world leaders? Rats, I’ve been convinced of their superior intelligence ever since I read Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIHM. Anything but pigs, for pete’s sake, because we know they can’t be trusted with absolute power.
  2. If you could take a pill that made you never have a negative thought again, would you? I think I would. Hopefully it would taste like an orange Flintstones vitamin. But if it worked right away I’d be happy with anything, right? That’s kinda the point. . .I guess. . .
  3. What’s your earliest memory of feeling wonder? For most of my childhood my bed was against an east window, and I remember enjoying the glowy feeling of the warm summer sun early in the morning.
  4. What would make this restaurant/bar/bowling alley/ice cream parlor better? (Anything from different glasses to a mariachi band to fog machines is acceptable.) Okay, so this question doesn’t work as well. I have to say, since I’m sitting at a very boring desk/computer combo, adding a restaurant/bar/bowling alley/ice cream parlor would be better. I’d also add the fog machine and mariachi band, but the glasses might be too over the top.
  5. Is there a band that you used to love and can’t stand now? I’m something of a music heathen in that I like all kinds of music (except country), without regard to its quality. It has more to do with my mood-of-the-moment. I do, however, have an irrational dislike of Billy Joel and Celine Dion – Uptown Girl and the song from Titanic in particular.
  6. What’s your biggest food–related triumph? (i.e. learned to make a souffle, ate a ten lb cheeseburger) I have always love, love, loved to cook – ask anyone who knows me (or read my other blog at midwesternfarmgirl.wordpress.com. Last year I finally mastered French macarons and I do have a t-shirt for eating an entire platter of cassoulet all by myself, but my biggest triumph was probably the time I tricked my brother into eating one of my mudpies. It looked delicious, if I do say so myself.
  7. Do you think if you could get paid just to be yourself it would change the way you act? How? Where do I sign? It would give me more time to focus on writing and still pay for the poodle-chow.
  8. Describe the best night of your teenage life. It had to be sometime during my freshman year of college, because I loved nearly every minute of college. High school not so much.
  9. If you had a million dollars that you had to give to charitable causes, how would you spend it? I would give half of it to groups providing healthcare, food and shelter and the other half to groups creating increased educational opportunities for girls worldwide. Quality of life is important, and empowering the women in our world is the quickest route out of poverty.
  10. Do you think your name suits you? What would be better? It’s not bad. Sometimes I think something more exotic would be cool, like Scheherazade, Jazminka or Zenobia.
  11. What’s your least favorite word? Spider
  12. If a close friend told you that they had been abducted by aliens last night, would you believe them? It depends on the friend, some are better street fighters than others.
  13. What movies have made you cry, if any? You’re kidding right? My whole family hands me Kleenex during holiday commercials.
  14. What was your biggest accomplishment before you turned 13? I was an aide in our middle school library AND an office aide. Back in the day I’d check out Jane Austen and a Billy Squier album for the weekend. I doubt you can find Billy Squier in middle school libraries these days. . .
  15. You see on the news that there is an airborne virus that is turning people into zombies. What’s the very first thing you do? Call my brother, that’s his dream come true.
  16. Do you have any weird crushes on famous people that don’t make sense to you? They don’t make sense because they aren’t real people – but Four, from the Divergent trilogy and Count Vronsky from Anna Karenina. What girl doesn’t want to hear, “I am here because you are here.” Sigh.
  17. Do you believe in ghosts? Yes, because without them the world would be much less interesting.
  18. What did you think was “cool” when you were around 8 years old? Totally dating myself here but I was 8 during the golden age of disco, KISS and the debut of Star Wars. All still awesome.
  19. Do you have a “lucky” object or article of clothing? Does it work? I’ve got an assortment, in case one stops working: a golden Buddha, a ruler from my first writing job and the calculator that got me through high school trigonometry.
  20. How would you pitch a reality show about yourself? To what network? I would go to the DIY network because I’m in love with all things DIY and pitch it as My DIY Life: The Heather Project.

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