Woman with Bag (OBVIOUSLY holding a red pen):
Karl Schmidt-Rotluff, 1915

Writing is easy--just sit down and open a vein.
--Ring Lardner

I can't write five words but that I change seven.
--Dorothy Parker

Everything depends on those who go on anyway.
--Henri Cole

MISSION STATEMENT:

Here's why you need me to help write, shape, edit, revise, and publish your essay or story or book. Because I've been doing all that myself for almost 20 years. Because I'm good at it. And because I love literature. 


I’ve published eight books of memoir and essays. I’ve written and recorded over 30 slice-of-life commentaries for NPR’s All Things Considered. I give Interviews, workshops, and talks. 


I also have a heart that was formed by living for twenty years in, and eventually being resurrected from, the gutter. I believe books, art, and music have the power to literally save people’s lives, because they saved mine. 


I didn't start writing myself until I was 41. I started from scratch. I had no mentor, no guidebook. I had the literature that had formed me and my love for the people who had written it. I had my belief that stories keep the flame of civilization burning. 


So I'm passionate about helping you get your own story, whatever that story may be, and whatever form it may take, down on paper. And because I know the difficulties of navigating the thicket of self-doubt, existential loneliness, the publishing world, and self-promotion, I'm happy to share my experience, strength and hope there as well. 


I’m self-taught, self-disciplined, self-motivated, and depressed, I mean funny. I like to make good use of my time. I’ll be respectful and I’ll also be honest. I’m compassionate and I also expect you to be as serious about your work as I am about mine.


So let's unlock our stories! Let’s deepen our capacity for delight and wonder! Let’s live up to our respective callings! For surely there could be none nobler than writing.

For more info on my sensibility, approach and work, visit my website/blog at Heather King: Mystery, Smarts, Laughs. 


TESTIMONIALS:


Thanks to the editing and the mentoring skills of Heather King, my book,The Oxygen Mask Rule - How My Struggle With Anorexia Taught me How to Survive, is a finalist in the International Book Awards and was given Honorable Mention in the New York Book Festival awards in 2012.
--Martha L. Thompson

Heather King is queen of encouragement for new writers. She has helped me to be consistent and confident in my work.She is a writer's companion.
--Rita A. Simmonds, Winner of the Catholic Press Association Award, Best Original Poetry, 2010, 2011, and 2012

Heather is one of the country’s premier writing coaches. Just when I was ready to give up on my project and myself, she rescued me. It’s amazing to sit back and listen to her brilliant mind spill forth as she shapes my rambling thoughts and pulls out all the good stuff. Heather can look at a piece of my writing and give me more insight into what it’s really about than I even knew was there. My fear, anguish, and head-banging (so to speak) have turned to confidence. I’m eternally grateful.
--Karin Esterhammer, author of the forthcoming memoir So Happiness to Meet You, based on an L.A. Times Travel section article about her two years in Vietnam that received the most hits of any piece that year.