Heather Rose is the author of four novels – White Heart (1999), The Butterfly Man (2005), The River Wife (2009), and (as Angelica Banks) Finding Serendipity (2013). The Butterfly Man won the 2006 Davitt Award and was shortlisted for the Nita B Kibble Award. It was chosen for Books Alive in 2007. In 2007 Heather received the Eleanor Dark Fellowship and an Arts Tasmania Wilderness Residency to write The River Wife. She was the inaugural Writer in Residence at The Museum of Old and New Art (MoNA) in Hobart 2012-13.working on her current novel – The Atrium. The Atrium is based on the life of performance artist Marina Abramovic.
Heather is also currently (together with co-author Danielle Wood in the writing partnership known as Angelica Banks) writing the sequel to Finding Serendipity. It is titled A Week Without Tuesday.
Heather has been published in several collections including Some Girls Do edited by Jacinta Tynan (2007), Mosaic (2008) edited by Rosalind Bradley and Dirty Words: A Literary Dictionary of Sex (2008, USA) terms edited by Ellen Sussman and her essays, reviews and stories have appeared sporadically in Island magazine.
Heather’s favourite novels include Faulkner’s Light in August, Murakami’s The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle and anything by David Mitchell. Over the years she has been inspired by William Faulkner, Edith Wharton, Cormac McCarthy, Virginia Woolf, George Eliot, Ian McEwan and Margaret Atwood.
Heather has been writing professionally since she was 16 when she wrote sailing articles for the Hobart Mercury. She spent more than 25 years as a copywriter and advertising strategist. She has won more than 20 international creative awards and several national business awards.
Many of her favourite books can be found in the Hobart guest house Library House Link Text
Heather lives by the sea on the island of Tasmania. She has three children and is married to musician and Creative Director Rowan Smith. Her idea of a perfect day is being at home watching clouds and writing.