Heather Laura Clarke is a journalist, columnist, blogger and copywriter in Nova Scotia.

Heather Laura Clarke is an award-winning freelance journalist, columnist, blogger, and editor whose work regularly appears in many Canadian newspapers and magazines. She also writes for corporate clients, and she's on a mission to become a novelist, too.

About

Heather Laura Clarke

THE BEGINNING


Heather was born and raised in Fall River, Nova Scotia (just outside of Halifax). She graduated with a Bachelor of Journalism Honours (BJH) degree from the University of King's College in 2005.

Shortly after graduation, she began working as a reporter/editor at The Daily News. She was based in the Entertainment department, but also wrote for the News, Homes, Lifestyles, and Sports departments. She wrote a blog called Hollywood Heather, interviewed celebrities, and reviewed plays and concerts. It was a freaking dream job.

When the newspaper was shut down in 2008 (cue alllll the tears), Heather began working at Optio Publishing, where she merged her writing talents with a new opportunity in video production, project management, and creating SEO (search engine optimization) strategies.

THE SWITCH

Heather began her freelance career while on maternity leave in 2010 and is still freelancing a decade later. 

While she misses adult conversation and having a restaurant downstairs from her office, she loves being able to continue writing professionally while staying at home with her two children.

Her writing appears in newspapers, magazines, and websites around the world. She believes firmly in the Oxford comma but respectfully omits it for the clients and publications who don't use it.

THE HOUSE

Always in search of ways to be more like Laura Ingalls Wilder, Heather moved from the city (Bedford) to the country (Truro) where she lives now with her husband, son, and daughter. 

She bakes bread and sews her kids' clothes, and generally would be better suited for life in the late 1800s ... except she couldn't handle outhouses. (For real, she recently held her pee for eight hours rather than use one of those nightmare shacks.)

So, yeah, she's almost always at home. She works from her basement, where she throws a mean holiday party for herself each December (here's 2013, 2014, 20152016, 2017, 2018, and 2019).

THE BLOG


She chronicles her day-to-day adventures on her blog, Heather's Handmade Life (originally called Laptops to Lullabies). What started as a secret online diary evolved into a blog about balancing family while working from home, and now it's more about Heather's mental health as she strives to live, work, and parent with creativity (and a sense of humour). 

She sometimes partners with national brands for giveaways, sponsored posts, and live events. But she also doesn't shy away from talking about difficult topics, like depression, anxiety, antidepressants, and other sunny stuff. She is honest as heck.



THE COLUMNS


She writes about her family life in a parenting column called "The Mom Scene," which runs in newspapers across Atlantic Canada. Heather has even been named one of LinkedIn's top Canadian parenting columnists. 

Heather loves sewing, painting, and crafting items to personalize her home, so she writes about her projects for a column called "My Handmade Home" that runs in The Chronicle Herald and other newspapers across the SaltWire Network.


THE CLIENTS

While most of Heather's time is filled with her journalism work (writing, editing, and assigning articles), the reality is that other people need writers, too (which is great). She takes on a handful of writing, editing, SEO, and project management assignments for other clients, depending on her availability. 

She is available for speaking gigs and professional development seminars on a variety of topics, which are great because they get her out of her basement. She appears as a guest DIYer on TV shows. Sometimes she makes videos, too, and tries hard not to have a triple-chin.

 

THE FUN FACTS

Heather married her high-school sweetheart in a drive-thru wedding chapel in Las Vegas. They had been together eight years at that point, and got married on their dating anniversary (June 9).


Heather painted her junior high bedroom with murals of New York City.



Heather is possibly the world's most longstanding Jennifer Aniston fan, and ran the largest online fan club back before blogs were really "a thing."

Heather can't snap her fingers or whistle, which delights her children (who can do both).

Heather once ran for public office. Not because she particularly wanted to, but someone suggested it and it seemed like an OK idea.

Heather painted her university car inside and out. It caused a scene everywhere she went, especially since she kept a mannequin strapped in the backseat.


Ready to chat with Heather in person? She promises she'll stop referring to herself in the third person.

Featured Huffington Post article

Featured Huffington Post article
"I Woke Up With a Surprise Hysterectomy at 31" by Heather Laura Clarke