Hello! I am April Heather. Married. Mother of two. Creative type. Writer. Blonde, blue-eyed, a bit top-heavy. I sprinkle powder blue and Barbie pink wherever I go. … Or, so people think.
I quit smoking! A funny thing happened on the way … I got a life! Most smokers think they will live a wounded life without their cigarettes. Well, I defied — the need to quit right now — mentality and I made some serious changes by working on the reasons why I stomped off to go smoke, and after “never being able to quit,” I finally quit!
Currently, I am writing and publishing six little “commuter reads” which you can buy on amazon.com/author/aprilheather. I am having a blast learning what happens after the manuscript and muddling through the process of, write, publish, repeat.
I have been married for 25+ years. Quite an accomplishment for an 18-year-old bride. They say it can never be done.
My children are now adults. (Whew, I made it.)
I wrote a book about my crooked and varied path to quit smoking and that book is in the sphere of perpetual edit. I want to get that book in its final edits and published.
I need to finish my current goal — Those six little commuter reads — are good books for people who are curious about the changes I made yet, don’t need to quit smoking. They will serve as a nice complement to The Crooked and Varied Path to Quitting Smoking if someone wants to delve deeper into a certain topic.
My writers group put forth a goal for everyone to take part in NaNoWriMo, I think I am going to use that month to work a bit every day on a time-line/outline for a fictional series that I’m thinking of. If I do NaNo this year, I will feel too far behind with the quitting smoking book. Instead I think the outline will put me on track for my next goal.
I did a PeMarWriMo (Personal March Writing Month) to get the quitting smoking book out me and into the computer, which led to the six little commuter reads so I know it is a good project. I’m already looking forward to next year. We will see how this time-line goes.
Of course I want to quit my current job and write full-time. Travel more. Be present more. Now is the time to start partying with my husband (and my kids if they aren’t too busy starting their own lives).
Right now I am learning how to run after a lifetime of hating it and avoiding it at all costs. Do I dare entertain the thought of running a marathon?
Since the age of 18, I have started and ended five home-based businesses. I was always trying to find something that would carry me over into my writing career and put family and home first. Instead I was distracted and preoccupied.
My children tell me I am a good mommy even though I know I could have done better with being present and with less stress.
Its been rough these past few years. I feel like I’ve lost some credibility. I am hesitant to discuss any plans with anyone beyond my husband. Except in this way, to promote my books, in this thinly veiled anonymity of the blogosphere.
My Blogging Plans
I am blogging about writing, running, keeping house, working women, courage, fear, leadership, with some current events thrown in. Maybe post some excerpts of my future fiction …
My domain name, Heather Publishing is my indy publishing company, as they make you create one when you upload your book to sell on-line. My writing name April Heather has been taken by an artist with paint and brush. Here I thought, all Aprils were named April Dawn, apparently April Heather is also popular. Especially with us creative types. You should check out her page too at aprilheather.wordpress.com But, before you go opening a bunch of windows, please subscribe to my page.
I am a married, American Gen Xer … Yes, with two grown children. Like it or not we have grown up and one of my biggest epiphanies is that I have time left. Lot’s of it! And I’m looking for my next adventure. I am really excited to use that time with creativity, curiosity and a lot of fun.