“Born on the outskirts of London,” Heather says, “I’ve always lived, studied and worked either within or less than half an hour from the capital. I graduated from Queen Mary College, University of London, in English, and later went on to take an MA in modern literature, then a PhD at Birkbeck College, London.
“After graduating, I worked as a freelance writer for a while – stories, articles and children’s books – until starting a family. Although a card-carrying feminist, I loved – and still love – being a mother, and elected to stay home and look after my two amazing children until they started school, when I took up a teaching post.
“After a number of ‘near misses’ with getting a full-length work published, my novel Zade (set in Paris) was accepted for publication by Saqi Books, and came out in 2004. It made a long-list of twelve books for the Prince Maurice Prize (for writing about love). I was over-awed to find that Zadie Smith (whom I really admire) was also on the list.”