Heather McLaren

Literary Goals:
To go as far as I can with my writing!

About Me

Heather McLaren is a Cherokee/ Irish writer living in southern Illinois with her husband, three children, and one granddaughter. She began her life in an unfortunate situation, much like thousands of children in this country. She was born to a fifteen-year-old mother who could not take care of her. After living in foster homes for two years, at the age of four, a loving couple adopted Heather and her younger sister, but feeling unwanted and rejected never left her mind. Who was she? Where did she come from? But Heather was lucky to have found her new parents. They helped her realize her own potential. They told Heather the sky was the limit when it came to what she could accomplish in life.

Over the years, Heather’s struggles mounted. She escaped an abusive marriage and lost a baby to RH incompatibility before turning 21. On May 17, 2002, following the births of two beautiful, healthy children, Heather gave birth to Kimber Liliana—a child the doctors said could never survive the stroke she had suffered in the womb. After seven long months in the neonatal wing at Cardinal Glennon and then Children’s Hospital in St. Louis, Missouri, Heather brought Kimber home to the amazement of the doctors. Though Kimber is still bedridden from spastic cerebral palsy, she celebrated her fourteenth birthday last May—a joyous event Heather never takes for granted. At the age of twenty-six doctors diagnosed Heather with schizoaffective disorder, and she won the battle with cervical cancer at twenty-eight. Instead of giving in to her diseases, she picked herself up, met and married her soul mate and began writing fantasy novels. Heather McLaren wants others in her situation—either adopted and looking for answers, families of disabled children or sufferers of mental and physical illness—to see her own success story as evidence that life does prevail. They can have active and fulfilling lives no matter the difficulties they may face.

Heather’s passion for writing began at an early age. As far back as she can remember she wanted to publish a novel she could call her own. She wrote the outlines for books one (Mythos) and two (Beyond Legend) of the Mer Chronicles series during free time in tenth grade creative writing class, but it took many years for her to find the courage to send her completed novels to publishers. Now that Heather has found her niche in today’s literary world, she plans on bringing fantasy into the lives of our youth for years to come.

When asked if she created her characters to inspire others, Heather immediately had an answer. ABSOLUTELY! She wanted to embrace her husband’s kind and protective nature, thus bringing David Cooley’s character to life. (Her son) Bryce’s loyalty shines through as David’s best friend, and (her daughter) Charlie’s innocent and inquisitive nature and (her step daughter) Dakota’s playfulness triumph in future books. Heather’s youngest child’s bravery and determination to live despite

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