About me

The urge to write stories and books was always with me.

While I was growing up in Tomahawk, Alberta, Canada (about as far off the beaten path as you’re ever unlikely to go), I had the urge. There were only 16 of us in my class. They all knew I had the urge. I wrote stories, poems and anguished teenage novels, but mostly I was dreaming of getting a bit closer to the beaten path.

I went to University in Alberta. While I still had the urge, I ended up studying education, because, as my mother pointed out, it’s good to have something to fall back on. And it worked out pretty well because I taught English and creative writing (not to mention drama, which was even more fun) for 10 years.

During my revolutionary days (I discovered Ayn Rand and her philosophy – got pretty serious about it) I met my life partner, Rick. He was a revolutionary too. And we decided to do two things. 1. Have a couple of children and 2. Move to Australia. The kids are Michael and Jenn and they’re both now in their 30s. We’re still in Australia where I’m a quiet revolutionary. But I never lost the urge.

I had a career as a managing director and corporate trainer in my own company (Learning Alliance in Sydney and Melbourne). I was good at it. I wrote courses, marketing materials, website content, proposals, submissions and lots of other stuff. It was writing but it never satisfied the urge.

Now I’ve retired and I’m finally doing something about the urge. I took on a project to write 100 short stories in 2 years. (Don’t try this at home!). And I’ve learned that there is something to this urge business. I LOVE IT. I don’t want to ever stop writing.

In the last year I finished my first full length manuscript, tentatively called Shedders.

And now I’ve discovered a brand new urge. To get published. Luckily I was born at the right time and have the internet. That means I can publish whatever I want whenever I want. That’s not likely to completely satisfy the urge (hard to get on the best-seller list and all that), but it’s a start. If anything changes, I’ll let you know.

Heather Bolstler
May 2012

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