Heather McQuillan was born in the United Kingdom. Her parents moved to New Zealand when she was one and she grew up in Christchurch, where her family were drama group members and performed together in annual pantomimes.
Heather went to teachers’ college at the age of 16 and was responsible for her first class at the age of 19, a thought that horrifies her now.
At the age of 20 she moved to Southland to teach in a country school. She decided to complete her BEd degree extramurally, which took six years. Her academic aspirations changed with the arrival of her two sons. Once she was used to sleep deprivation, she revelled in the chance to spend days in imaginative play.
It took ten years before her first book, Mind over Matter
, finally came together when Heather shut herself away with a computer to get it out of her mind. She read the first part to her class. They loved it and she built up the courage to enter the Storylines Tom Fitzgibbon Award
, which she won in 2005.
Heather tries to fit writing in on a regular basis now. In a house of teenagers, that means early mornings to guarantee exclusive use of the computer.
- Mind over Matter (Scholastic 2006).
- Nest of Lies (Scholastic 2011).
- Storylines Tom Fitzgibbon Award 2005.
- Storylines Notable Book Awards 2007 Junior Fiction List for Mind Over Matter.
- Storylines Notable Book Awards 2012 Junior Fiction List for Nest of Lies.
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