A Nature Memoir in Essays, due out in 2019 from Trail to Table Press
Going Feral: Field Notes on Wonder and Wanderlust is an examination of a life of wandering in wild nature. With the scientific knowledge and observation skills of an ecologist and the existential inquiry of a philosopher, Heather immerses readers with all their senses in adventures, wanderings, and musings in wild places around the United States. She faces solitude on a deserted island in Maine, spelunks in bat caves in New Hampshire, chases herons on the Florida Gulf coast, and hides out with flamingos in urban Utah. She locks eyes with a cougar in Colorado, traps and bands hawks in Nevada, surveys owls in Oregon, and communes with coyotes in Washington.
As a nomadic and often reclusive introvert, Heather grapples with discomfort among her own kind and resists traditional paths to fulfillment. It is ultimately her intimate bond with the natural world wherever she roams that offers meaning, solace, and a sense of belonging both within and apart from human communities. Part reverential nature writing, part soul-searching memoir, Going Feral is the story of a human animal learning to belong to the earth.
Work in Progress: Wolf Tree
This personal essay collection in progress delves deeper into some of the same themes introduced in Going Feral, while focusing less on personal journeys and more on bigger questions regarding human consciousness, human as animal, and ecopsychology, all explored within a variety of lyric and traditional narratives.