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Heather Ivester has a heart for parents who feel called to write, as she’s the mother of five school-aged children, and writing is the only way she can complete a sentence around her house.

She’s the author of a women’s inspirational book, From a Daughter’s Heart to Her Mom: 50 Reflections on Living Well (published by Thomas Nelson) and is a contributing writer to several gift books, including What Really Counts for Students, The Rainy Day Book, A Cup of Comfort for Mothers to Be, and Soul Matters for Mothers. In addition, her research on high school writing programs appears in the educational book, Teacher/Mentor.

Heather’s essays and articles have been published in Guideposts, HomeLife, CrossWalk, Devo’Zine, Christian Communicator, In Touch, Lifestyles, and International Living magazines, among others. She has also been a regular columnist for West Georgia Ladies magazine, Christian Women Online ezine, Spirit-Led Writer, Writer Interrupted, and the b5 media network.

In her blog, “Mom 2 Mom Connection,” she interviews authors, writes media reviews, and shares essays about the high calling of being a parent and writer.

Heather is a graduate of Auburn University, where she majored in English (giving her an excuse to read novels all the time). She interned for Atlanta Magazine, then spent two years teaching English in Osaka, Japan, before heading home to earn a degree in Japanese Language and Literature from the University of Georgia. She also taught high school English while finishing her master’s in secondary English education, also at UGA.

In Japan, Heather worked as a teaching assistant for Kansai University of Foreign Studies, earning a Certificate of Asian Studies. She enjoyed learning from the locals about Japanese flower arranging, tea ceremony, cooking, brush painting (sumi-e), calligraphy, and poetry. As much as possible, she surrounded herself with Japanese children, who taught her the fine art of folding paper cranes, cicadas, and samurai.

Heather is a member of the Southern Breeze chapter of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI). She lives on a small farm in west Georgia, where she raises children, Nubian Dwarf goats, rabbits, guinea pigs, cats, and a very sweet dog. She’s been married nearly 20 years to a guy she met in her third grade language arts class. (They’re still reading books together.)

Besides writing and raising a family, Heather serves as a volunteer for her church and her children’s schools. If she’s not at home or driving kids around in her car, you can usually find her cheering from the sidelines of a sports field or court — or clapping in the audience of a theater.

If you would like to invite Heather to visit your school or organization to present a workshop on a topic relating to Japan, motherhood, or writing, please contact her at the email address to your left. She has spoken to groups as young as preschoolers, on up to adults. She finds a special joy in teaching children to love books!

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Below are links to places where Heather has been interviewed:
Mountain Breeze Writer, January 2007
5 Minutes for Mom, 2007

Here are some links to Heather’s “Parent Muse” columns for Spirit-Led Writer ezine:
March 2007
May 2007
August 2007

Click here to visit Heather’s column archives for Writer Interrupted, a site run by author Gina Conroy.

Lifestyles magazine:
Mission Possible: Angel Flight Pilots Have Wings of Steel and Hearts of Gold

Young Ladies Christian Fellowship:
Sharing Your Heart as a Devotional Writer

Crosswalk:
Christians Blogging for Katrina Relief

International Living magazine:
You Can Teach English Abroad

HomeLife magazine:
Celebrating the Advent of Christmas

The Dabbling Mum:
How to Be an Online Book Reviewer.

© 2005-2014 Heather Ivester.
All rights reserved. Please do not copy any articles or reviews from this site without my permission. Thank you.