Heather Weidner Talks About Her Writing

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What’s the theme of the story you wrote for the anthology Virginia is for Mysteries?

My story, “Washed up” is about a mysterious suitcase that is discovered on Chic’s Beach at the mouth of the Chesapeake Bay. And it takes on a life of its own when it starts trending on social media. Thousands flock to the beach to see where it happened.

What’s the most autobiographical writing you’ve done?

My journal writing is definitely the most autobiographical, but I use life experiences and anecdotes in my short stories and longer works.

How much of your personal history gets revealed in your fiction?

I keep a small notebook with me, and I jot down interesting notes and bits of conversations. These often end up in my work. You hear great dialogue standing in line at the DMV, sitting in a restaurant, or just going about your daily routine.

If you were to write a full-blown memoir, what might the theme be?

I have never really thought about a full-blown memoir. I think if I did that it would be a collection of humorous anecdotes and experiences. Some people’s lives are a drama or a docu-drama. More often than not, mine tends to be a sit-com.

Originally from Virginia Beach, Heather Weidner has been a mystery fan since Scooby Doo and Nancy Drew. In addition to mysteries, she writes the blog, Crazy for Words. She currently lives in Central Virginia with her husband and a pair of Jack Russell terriers. When she’s not reading and writing, Heather enjoys kayaking, photography, and visiting the beach as often as possible.

 She earned her BA in English from Virginia Wesleyan College, and her MA in American literature from the University of Richmond. She has been a technical writer, editor, college professor, and software tester.

 Her short story, “Washed up” appears in Virginia is for Mysteries (Koehler Books). She manages the Twitter account and blog for the anthology. She also guest blogs for discuss.design.develop.

 Heather is a member of Sisters in Crime International, SinC-Central Virginia, SinC-CV Critique Group and Guppies writing group. She is the programming chair and vice president for the SinC-CV chapter. Heather is also on the executive team of Bethia UMC’s Upward Basketball and Cheerleading program.


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