New York Times and USA Today best-selling author Heather Graham majored in theater arts at the University of South Florida. After a stint of several years in dinner theater, back-up vocals, and bartending, she stayed home after the birth of her third child and began to write, working on short horror stories and romances. After some trial and error, she sold her first book, WHEN NEXT WE LOVE, in 1982 and since then, she has written over one hundred novels and novellas including category, romantic suspense, historical romance, vampire fiction, time travel, occult, and Christmas holiday fare. She wrote the launch books for the Dell's Ecstasy Supreme line, Silhouette's Shadows, and for Harlequin's mainstream fiction imprint, Mira Books.
Heather was a founding member of the Florida Romance Writers chapter of RWA and, since 1999, has hosted the Romantic Times Vampire Ball, with all revenues going directly to children's charity.
She is pleased to have been published in approximately twenty languages, and to have been honored with awards from Waldenbooks. B. Dalton, Georgia Romance Writers, Affaire de Coeur, Romantic Times, and more. She has had books selected for the Doubleday Book Club and the Literary Guild, and has been quoted, interviewed, or featured in such publications as The Nation, Redbook, People, and USA Today and appeared on many newscasts including local television and Entertainment Tonight.
Heather loves travel and anything have to do with the water, and is a certitified scuba diver. Married since high school graduation and the mother of five, her greatest love in life remains her family, but she also believes her career has been an incredible gift, and she is grateful every day to be doing something that she loves so very much for a living.
on July 07, 2013 :
Before I begin, I must say that all the various eBook sources -- iBooks, Amazon, Smashwords, Project Gutenberg and more and the various technologies to read them can be confusing.
"Some Wore Blue & Some Wore Gray" by Heather Graham was free and it was a treat to read. I appreciated the author's balanced approach and light conversational tone as she provided personal biographies of many of the luminaries of the Civil War.
Many I recognized like Robert E. Lee, Abraham Lincoln, and Jefferson Davis. Graham also included the personal histories of various civil war figures such as Varina Davis, Jefferson Davis's wife, Clara Barton, founder of the American Red Cross, and more. She also illustrated the book with wonderful black and white photos. I found George Armstrong Custer's photo interesting in light of his biography. Custer is considered one of the most photographed figures of the Civil War.
As an amateur historian, Graham provided a fresh perspective. She balances the failures and successes of these pivotal historical figures with charm. After revisiting these stories, there was one story I had forgotten. It was that former President Ulysses Grant finished writing his biography on his death bed. The profits from the sales of his biography kept his wife, Julia Dent Grant, from a life of poverty.
A surprising addition to the book was a biography of Scarlett O'Hara, the heroine from the novel "Gone with the Wind." O'Hara's biography includes historical notes on "Gone with the Wind's author, Margaret Mitchell.
(review of free book)