Coming from a family that includes elite ballet dancers, state champion gymnasts, a nationally-ranked Irish dancer, and a national champion martial artist, Natalia Heaney knows a thing or two about growing up in exceptional circumstances!
After hanging up her pointe shoes she completed a university degree in professional writing and English literature, but always kept her love of the theatre.
Natalia has lived and worked around the world, but calls Australia home.
You can find her on Goodreads, Twitter, and Tumblr, and at nataliaheaney.wordpress.com.
Describe your desk
Desk? What desk?! More often than not my desk is stacked with far too many books for me to work at, so my "desk" is my lap, or a portable coffee table, or outside in the sun on the back deck.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Canberra, Australia's capital city. Being completely surrounded by nature, and with national galleries and museums everywhere, there's inspiration available wherever you look.
Dance, dance, dance. It’s a word Ceili Ryan can’t escape, not with a little sister who’s an Irish dance champion. And it’s a word Connor Quinn tries to escape in public. He can’t think of anything worse than people at school finding out what he does in his spare time – especially Ceili, the girl he’s liked since day one.
Jessica Hamilton is so close to her dream of dancing her first solo – and then a new girl arrives at the ballet studio and changes everything. A combination of too much competition, so much hard work, and a disaster at school, and suddenly it seems like it will be hard enough just surviving the year.