The Author...(the short story)

Heather Estay lives in Sacramento, California with her beagle, Spud, and a colony of ants who have taken up residence in her bathroom. Heather has written and published three humorous novels beginning with It’s Never Too Late to Get a Life. Her writing and speaking engagements focus on the pitfalls and pratfalls of Baby Boomers as they reinvent themselves in middle-age. She also writes goofy columns mainly to embarrass her mother and support her golf addiction.

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The Author...(the long story)

Heather Estay grew up in Denver, Colorado as Heather Stevens (that’s her maiden name, not one given to her by the witness protection program).

She moved to Northern California in 1969 to attend Stanford University and has been on the west coast ever since (based on her unwillingness to shovel snow and her aversion to fuzzy hats with ear flaps).

She graduated from Stanford (much to the chagrin of the alumni association) with a degree in psychology. But, realizing that her personal philosophy of “just get over it and get on with it!” would not endear her to many clients, she pursued alternate avenues of employment. Among other things, Heather has bought houses and remodeled them, worked in a French restaurant, taught martial arts, and had a short stint operating a shrink wrap machine (she claims that she has since recovered from the fumes). Her seventeen years in commercial real estate finally drove her to the brink, motivating her to find a career where she could spend all day muttering to herself in her pajamas: a career as a writer. (As with most of the things Heather has attempted in her life, she has absolutely no background, qualifications, or training to do this.)

Heather wrote and sold her first humorous novel – It’s Never Too Late To Get a Life – in 2003 within five months (because she is too naive to know that this is not how things are supposed to work). Her second two novels – It’s Never Too Late to be a Bridesmaid and It’s Never Too Late to Look Hot (are we sensing a theme here?) – were released in 2006. These days, Heather spends most of her time in her jammies, chained to her laptop, writing goofy novels and goofier columns. Every once in a while, she gets out of her jammies for speaking engagements and TV interviews. She often showers for such activities. Heather is unintentionally single and resides in Sacramento, California with her beagle Spud who adores her, especially around dinner time.

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Sound & Video Clips

10/18/06: Heather wins Sacramento NAWBO for “Woman on the Way” (she suspects that her mother bribed the judges)

TV Interview on Sacramento & Company
(December ‘06)
Watch Now

TV Interview on Colorado & Company
(December ‘06)
Watch Now

Interview with Donna Apidone on KXJZ
(October ’05)
NPR Interview (mp3 file - 4.7mb)

Interview with Jeffrey Callison on KXJZ
(November ’06)
NPR Interview (mp3 file - 11.10mb)

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Show & Story Ideas....

Do’s and Don’t of Romantic Gift Giving: Give her a blender and you just may end up on the couch. Your well-meaning gifts might be deadly (nose-hair trimmers, certificates to Weight Watchers, Sex for Dummies). But there are some unusual gifts guaranteed to heat up your romance.

LP romance in an MP3 World: Dating a guy with more hair in his ears than on his head? What does your underwear drawer say about your romantic potential? Are you better off with a dog or a mate? Light-hearted tips for feint-hearted singles re-entering the dating game.

Why We Love Our Most Difficult Friends: We’ve all got friends that we love, but don’t always like. They can be our most precious asset!

Aging Joyfully, Not Gracefully: Now that 60 is the new 45 (or some such nonsense), how do we want the second half of our lives to look? And what’s holding us back?

Bouncing Back: When hit by a Cosmic Two by Four, how do we bounce back?

Embracing Our Inner Thirteen Year Old: We’ve got our act together in many ways. But sometimes trying something new means being clueless, gawky and awkward again.

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Testimonials:

“Thanks so much for such a fun interview today on Single Talk! We had a great time chatting with you and getting your witty perspective . . .we've already gotten very positive remarks about your energy, preparedness and fun attitude. . .”

Michele & Aliza, SingleTalk Radio

It was great fun speaking to you this morning! I always know when I've had an interesting guest... after hanging up the phone, I feel we could have talked for hours about so many things! You deserve all kinds of success with your books and your upbeat philosophy of life...

Ellen Kimball, Oregon Public Radio

Interview was fun and delightful...you sound like a seasoned pro! Please send me the rest of Angie's trilogy - would really enjoy having the collection!...

B.D. Graham, WGBB

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To Schedule Interviews, please contact Michelle Tennant of Wasabi Publicity, 828-749-3200.

If you are on a tight deadline, feel free to contact Heather directly.

To request Tip Sheets such as “How Do You Know if You’re Dating a Jerk” and “Products Aging Baby Boomers Will Demand”, please contact Michelle Tennant of Wasabi Publicity, 828-749-3200.

To review Heather’s books (and say nice things about them), please request Review Book Copies from Shari Newman at HarperCollins