John Heap


John Heap was born in Rochdale, England.
Moved to Liverpool for degree in Zoology, and discovered climbing.
Met girl, stopped climbing. Learnt programming and wrote computer games.
Lost girl, lost fitness, wasted decades worrying about things that didn’t matter.
Dot com bubble burst, lost lots of money but gained lots of time.
Took a break, stopped smoking and began to learn to write.
Started climbing again, regained fitness, found a girl, moved to Shropshire, got married.
Still learning to write.


The Call of the Sea
Price: Free! Words: 7,290. Language: English. Published: November 6, 2012. Category: Fiction » Literature » Literary
Why do tears taste of the sea? John Heap’s debut short story begins as Peter meets Maria on a deserted shore of a British seaside town. Peter is fascinated with Maria, but Maria is fascinated with the sea, a dark elemental obsession that echoes back to her family and to the origins of life itself. Can Peter save Maria from herself and the planetary forces that seem bent on her destruction?

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paranormal    romance    sea    short   

Smashwords book reviews by John Heap

  • The Stolen Valley on Jan. 16, 2013

    The first thing that hits you about ‘The Stolen Valley’ is how the characters, their dialogue and the industrial Welsh landscape are so firmly rooted in their proper time and space. It’s obvious a lot of research has been done and the fictional story mingles easily with historical fact creating a seamless narrative. As today it’s almost inconceivable that the protesting voice of a doomed village could be so ignored our sympathies readily lie with Huw, his family and the Welsh nationalist cause. We are rather pleased when the beautiful Amy falls for the rough-hewn labourer in favour of the English doctor’s son but then as we read on feel almost implicated in the tragedy that follows. ‘The Stolen Valley’ is a thoughtful and compelling read. Well done.