Heather Rose is the author of seven novels. Her most recent novel is The Museum of Modern Love (2016) is the WINNER of the 2017 Stella Prize. Heather’s other novels for adults are White Heart (1999), The Butterfly Man (2005) and The River Wife (2009).
Heather, together with co-author Danielle Wood, is also the writing partnership known as Angelica Banks, author of the Tuesday McGillycuddy series for middle grade readers – Finding Serendipity (2013), A Week Without Tuesday (2015) and Blueberry Pancakes Forever (2016). The series is published in Australia, Germany and the USA. A Week Without Tuesday was shortlisted for an Aurealis Award in 2016 for best children’s fantasy novel.
The Butterfly Man won the 2006 Davitt Award for crime fiction and was shortlisted for the Nita B Kibble Award and longlisted for the IMPAC 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 the novel that would become The Museum of Modern Love.
Heather’s favourite novels include Faulkner’s Light in August, Murakami’s The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle, Gabriel Garcia Marquez’s Love in the Time of Cholera and anything by David Mitchell. Over the years she has been inspired by Edith Wharton, William Faulkner, Cormac McCarthy, Virginia Woolf, George Eliot, Ian McEwan, Elizabeth Strout, Anthony Doerr and Margaret Atwood.
Heather has been writing professionally since she was 16 when she penned sailing articles for the Hobart Mercury. She spent more than 25 years as a copywriter and advertising strategist.
Heather lives by the sea in Tasmania. She is slowly undertaking a Bachelor of Fine Arts at UTAS. Her idea of a perfect day is writing, swimming and painting.