Heather Hapeta


A freelance travel writer, blogger and photographer: She lives in New Zealand and is still travelling , photographing and blogging the world.

Smashwords Interview

When did you first want to be a writer?
From the time I was a young child - I thought it was magical how people transported me to other places with their words. I wish i could do the same but I knew it was an impossible dream - I didn't know who paid writers and was too shy to ever ask that question.
What was your first book?
Naked in Budapest which is a memoir about me running away from home when I was fifty ... traveling the world alone, for year. It was a totally magical time exploring the world from Alaska to Zimbabwe.
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Where to find Heather Hapeta online


A Love Letter to Malaysian Borneo: Or, Can this travel writer be green?
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 24,570. Language: English. Published: April 10, 2015. Categories: Nonfiction » Travel » Essays & Travelogues
A travel writer explores Malaysian Borneo, the world's 3rd largest island. From kayaking and trekking in sanctuaries and national parks she falls in love with Sarawak and Sabah - and loves the music at the Rainforest World Music and Borneo Jazz Festivals along the way. Food features, but of course it's exotic animals that draw us here. Borneo will be on your bucket list after reading this book.
Surviving Suicide: a mother's story
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 21,820. Language: English. Published: March 29, 2012. Categories: Nonfiction » Health, wellbeing, & medicine » Healing, Nonfiction » Self-improvement » Death, Grief, Bereavement
A practical guide for people who have had someone die by suicide. The first half is about a son's (Greg) motorbike accicent at 15 years old, then his suicide at 20 years. The second half offers the family many helpful tips for surviving this grief and also shows friends of the bereaved ways in which they can help each other during an extremely difficult time. Written by a mother and therapist.
Naked in Budapest - travels with a passionate nomad
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 96,350. Language: English. Published: January 30, 2012. Categories: Nonfiction » Travel » Trip Journals, Nonfiction » Biography » Autobiographies & Memoirs
Whether naked in Budapest, canoeing down the Zambesi, sailing the Great Barrier Reef, eating durian in Malaysia, cooking in Athens, shaking hands with the King of Cambodia, watching bear cubs in Alaska, visiting Gracelands or having a young Egyptian lover, Heather says she feels most alive when on the road. A slow traveler, Heather gets to know locals, eat their food & learn something as she goes.

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Smashwords book reviews by Heather Hapeta

  • India for Idiots on Sep. 24, 2012
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    What a great beginners guide to India: after 3 visits there this book still fascinated, and taught, me things! The number of gods and goddesses in this huge country are enormous and the authors little thumbnail sketches of some of the main ones are helpful. I laughed at some of the descriptions and the light, non serious, almost tongue-in-cheek pieces that make it easy to absorb the info ... a must-read for all those going to India