“Oh, that’s what I want to be—an author,” she said after closing the book. No applause from her parents. She needed a “real job.” But what is a “real job” anyway? For anyone who is 12, 13, 14 or so years old, don’t let anyone tell you “no.” Because as soon as Heather knew what she wanted to do for the rest of her life, she had adult after adult after adult telling her she couldn’t do it. They all did, until she met her second husband (he's a keeper). When he asked her what she wanted to do if money was not an issue and she told him, she was expecting the usual, “no.” But instead he said, “so be one.”
Like many authors, Heather has heard the advice, “write what you know.” She made a list (because Virgos love lists—they make lists about lists) of three things she knows: unpopularity, teens and vampires. Her first horror book was born. The rest is history.
Columbia Public Library has never seen a bigger turn out for Teen Read Week than it did Wednesday night in the Children’s Program Room. Someone said, “Because it’s Heather Brewer!” She is not only an author, but a motivational speaker, even if she doesn’t realize this. During the Q & A session, there was laughter, there were tears, but most of all, there was understanding. Auntie Heather is living proof that “getting older is mandatory, but growing up is optional.” She knows that you hit the age that you are and your body just keeps getting older, all the while betraying you along the way. She was not shy about sharing writing advice to aspiring young writers and is a great reminder to all of us that “you are the only person standing in the way” of being who you want to be.
Afterwards, Heather signed books and posed for pictures with her Minions.