Heather Douglass


Oh, here's the embarassing thing. Not anticipating this biography, I have failed to fill my life with any exciting material.

I'm hoping there's still time for improvement.

Smashwords Interview

Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
I remember it never got finished! This was a weakness of mine until my late twenties -- I could not get past those doldrums reached in the middle of a writing project. I didn't understand that different energy comes into play. It's like love. Beginning a novel is full of excitement, so it takes almost no effort to write. Then, a few chapters in, you reach the duller part, the real test of the relationship.
But back to the question. The story would have been about a horse. I was mad for Walter Farley and Marguerite Henry novels. I'm not sure how old I would have been -- younger than nine.
Describe your desk
I'm laughing. I don't have one. I don't have a room of my own. I have a notebook PC, a gift, and I'm grateful for it because my old computer was slowing down. I sit where I can and write.
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The Dynasty
Price: Free! Words: 1,860. Language: American English. Published: December 29, 2013 . Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories, Fiction » Horror » Weird fiction
Don't believe the things women tell you. Or men. Both are hunters.
Pandora's Tetrapak
Price: Free! Words: 2,560. Language: American English. Published: October 3, 2013 . Categories: Fiction » Horror » Weird fiction, Fiction » Women's fiction » General
(3.00 from 1 review)
Once described as "Bridget Jones meets dieting nightmare".
That Five Percent
Price: Free! Words: 1,860. Language: English. Published: June 9, 2013 . Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
(5.00 from 1 review)
Remember, next time you get a job offer, to do a reality check before you accept.
Price: Free! Words: 1,940. Language: American English. Published: March 31, 2013 . Categories: Fiction » Coming of age
(4.00 from 1 review)
Dry prairie landscape and a bleak travelling companion help a young woman discover her own calm water.
Red Hotel On The Strand
Price: Free! Words: 2,320. Language: English. Published: January 5, 2013 . Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary
(5.00 from 2 reviews)
An affair of the mind located in a part of London only the thinker has ever seen. Also, a game of Monopoly is lost.
A Visitor's Guide to Hell
Price: Free! Words: 2,500. Language: American English. Published: September 30, 2012 . Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary, Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
(4.00 from 1 review)
A light bite in time for Halloween, about a day trip to the abode of the damned.
Price: Free! Words: 2,670. Language: English. Published: August 8, 2012 . Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories, Fiction » Inspirational
(3.50 from 2 reviews)
Speculative/magical realism short fiction - single story
Series: Shen, First Book of Changes. Price: Free! Words: 97,590. Language: English. Published: June 3, 2012 . Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera, Fiction » Visionary & metaphysical
(5.00 from 2 reviews)
Shen is a mythic space fantasy series where the number one mission of its crew is to discover whether they have one. Book Two due out in 2014.

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Heather Douglass' favorite authors on Smashwords

Smashwords book reviews by Heather Douglass

  • In the Future This Will Not Be Necessary on Oct. 18, 2013

    "Maybe I can’t bear the thought that all this anguished self-examination has been a futile exercise." -Miles Jensen Bear this quote in mind while reading "In the Future, This Will Not Be Necessary". Miles' repeated doubts about his reactions and perceptions can seem tiresome. Some protagonists are easy to like. Others ...., But persistence is critical. The novel aims to question the reliability of our minds, how our desire to find patterns and meaning can make us ignore the less attractive possibility, that none might exist. If my mind were a jury (I swear there are enough voices up there) it would be split on one issue. Miles is vague about what he knows regarding EGnosis beliefs for the first half of the book. Part of me can see this builds some suspense. Part says it felt like being held back by an invisible arm from tasting the thematic meat of the narrative. But once tasted, the ideas satisfy. And Samael (appropriately self mocking pseudonym, as readers will see) reminded me of Julian Barnes, particularly "The Sense of an Ending". And should you find yourself losing patience with Miles Jensen, ask whether you dislike how it mirrors your own insecurities too closely.