Rita de Heer


I’m a speculative fiction writer often flirting with a mash-up of science fiction and fantasy. I also write articles for the local Landcare Newsletter and try to keep three blogs up to date. I live in the Byron Shire, in Australia, in the same house as a big black-and-white cat, Maggy.

In my real life I’m a volunteer working for Brunswick Valley Landcare. In between writing, I garden, knit, design-and-make-visual-artworks, read and read and read, in between socialising. Writing is nearly always first.

The Harrowing will (soon) be my first-not-my-last foray into independent epublishing.

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The Harrowing
Price: Free! Words: 17,510. Language: English. Published: February 18, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General, Fiction » Science fiction » Utopias & dystopias
The Harrowing is a love story as well as a science fiction/fantasy meld. The Nan are a winged people who live on tall stone pillars rising from their sea. Crash-landing, the aliens must gain a foothold. Their solution is that the strongest beings will win. Fane, the greatest of the Nan fails to trap one of the attackers. Can Leery, Fane's lover, nanny-guy and brood-father save his people?

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Smashwords book reviews by Rita de Heer

  • Remains to be Seen on Aug. 07, 2014

    Remains to be Seen is a well realized slice-of-life story of the hippie times in the 1970/80's in Mullumbimby, Byron Shire, Northern Rivers of NSW. Any long time resident knows people who started here like that, if they don't themselves have an intimate knowledge of full moon dances at Kohinoor, the bath on top of the hill at Cooper's Lane and the sunshine cafe above Mitre 10. Those were the days of living in the dunes, in the old milking sheds, in the banana packing sheds, caravans and old cars. Everybody drank. Everybody smoked. Remains to be Seen is full of the vignettes that make up life at the bottom of the ladder, as well as the heart-breaking flash-back adventure of the main character's tour fighting in Vietnam, which was the other great story of the time. The contrast is well developed, and yet shows realistically how the Vietnam experience segued into the hippies on the north coast experience.