Author. Coach. Traveler. Meditator. Occasional ass-kicker.
The official bio:
Heather Demetrios is a certified meditation teacher and the critically acclaimed author of seven young adult novels. When she isn't spending time in imaginary places, you'll find her traipsing around the world with her husband, writer Zach Fehst. Heather has an MFA in Writing from Vermont College of Fine Arts and is a recipient of the PEN New England Susan P. Bloom Discovery Award for her debut novel, Something Real. Her novels include I’ll Meet You There, Bad Romance, as well as the Dark Caravan fantasy series: Exquisite Captive, Blood Passage, and Freedom’s Slave. She is also the editor of the anthology, Dear Heartbreak: YA Authors and Teens on the Dark Side of Love and the author of Codename Badass, an upcoming feminist pop biography about WWII lady spy, Virginia Hall. New fantasy, contemporary, and historical novels are also forthcoming from Macmillan. Her honors include books that have been named Bank Street Best Children’s Books, YALSA Best Fiction For Young Adults selections, a Goodreads Choice Nominee, a Kirkus Best Book, and a Barnes and Noble Best Book. Her work has also appeared in The Los Angeles Review of Books, Bustle, and other fine sources. She writes a regular mindfulness column for writers for Vermont College of Fine Arts, which you can also find on her blog, The Lotus and the Pen. Find out more about Heather and her books at www.heatherdemetrios.com.
The Non-Official Bio, which is really a Statement of Purpose:
I started coaching because I just can't bear seeing writers--anyone, really--living lives devoid of passion, their days squandered, surrendered to the to-do list (never-ending), living inside the boxes other people or fear or their pasts have built for them. I coach because I genuinely love the artistic life, the creative process, the pursuit of wonder, and I am deeply fascinated by how and why we do what we do.
My clients are dear to me: I am invested in them, their work, their futures. It is hands-down the most satisfying thing in the world to be doing, and talking to my clients always makes me feel jazzed and ready to dig into my own work. When I'm not coaching, I'm writing, reading, or exploring the nooks and crannies of wherever I am living in the world.
This quote is basically my Artist’s Statement (of course it’s Oscar Wilde):
“Life has been your art. You have set yourself to music. Your days are your sonnets.”
I truly believe that when women are empowered, when they are doing what they were put on this earth to do--create--then all of society benefits. There are so many ways to live a life, and absolutely no reason to endure one that leaves you feeling like a failure, like a has-been, like nothing more than a sack of bones. I wish I could bottle a creativity boost to just pass out on the sidewalk, to give people permission to pursue the things that make their hearts beat faster. Since I've yet to figure out a way to do that, I will continue on, client by client, workshop by workshop, class by class, blog post by blog post, to share what I've learned and to walk people through the new lessons the universe is offering up to me. I'll hope you'll join me on the journey--from where I stand, the view is pretty great.