Heather McDougal is a writer, educator, and graphic designer who lives in Northern California with her two daughters and her husband.  She was born in Northern California and grew up in a rural summer crafts school, where people from all over the world came to make things. As a result she received in-depth training in pottery, weaving, cooking, construction, and how to grow things. She has worked in the fashion industry as a designer and pattern maker, and holds an MFA in sculpture. She knows how to blow glass and weld. She has a long-standing fascination with automata and clockwork, particularly those of the 18th century.

Heather has been awarded a writing residency at the Djerassi Resident Artists Program, is an alumna of Viable Paradise and Writers of the Future, and is Art Director at Strange Horizons magazine.  She’s had stories published in Apex, Pseudopod, Writers of the Future, and a number of anthologies.  Her novel, Songs for a Machine Age, was published by Hadley Rille Books in 2012.  Her near-future alternate-culture biotech novel, Biomancers, is making the rounds of agents as you read this.

The latest project: a series of magical mysteries involving the world of crafts: glassblowing, pottery, weaving, blacksmithing, and so on.  These are proving to be seriously fun, and Heather is looking forward to unleashing them on the world.

You can read her Age of Enlightenment-inspired essays and observations at .

2 Responses to Biography

  1. Dear Heather: As a fulltlime writer, I’ve developed an elite taste for great storytelling. I wanted to tell you how much I’ve enjoyed your story The Candy Store, published in the 25th edition of the Writers of the Future anthology. Your characters are finely drawn and original, your language earthy yet magical. I’ve read this story many many times and never fail to come away with a smile. Many thanks for your eloquent and touching tale.

  2. heatherdoodle says:

    Thank you so much! I appreciate your response. When the story came out I got a lot of flak about it being “too like Stephen King’s Needful Things,” despite the fact I’d never read the story. However, I’ll admit it’s a bit of an homage Ray Bradbury’s Something Wicked This Way Comes and HG Wells’ The Magic Shop — which, I think, is what King was probably referencing, as well.

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