Craig Allen Heath decided he wanted to be a novelist at age fourteen. He achieved that goal fifty years later by publishing his first novel, Where You Will Die, in 2022.
In those five decades he wrote hundreds of poems, songs, stories, essays, articles, plays, and scripts. The published portion of that catalog earned him the equivalent of a long weekend’s lodging at a Comfort Inn somewhere along Interstate 5 in California’s Central Valley.
He made his living during that time as a journalist, teacher, and technical writer. This portion of his output kept body and soul together, making him a decent prospect to marry, raise a son, see a bit of the world, and have enough left over to buy that comfy recliner his teenaged self never thought he'd want.
He lives in southwest Washington state with his wife, Pat, too much lawn to mow, a vegetable garden, and a mischievous pair of doggos, shepherd Lobo and husky Aura, whose antics earn them the nicknames Thing 1 and Thing 2.
Craig is now working on Killing Buddhas, the sequel to his first story about Alan Wright in Eden Ridge. Ideas for other books form a lengthy list. He hopes for enough eyesight and breath to write the good ones.
Where You Will Die
"If you are looking for a mystery murder novel whose plot is anchored in a gripping tale of small-town gossip, family feuds, paranoid detectives, shady religious leaders, charismatic spiritual non-religious leaders, and sisterhood drama, among so much more, you will love Craig Allen Heath’s Where You Will Die."
Readers' Favorite - Five Stars
Craig's most recent book:
HEY MA! I'M ON TV!
In November 2022, local author and literary impresario Alan Rose invited me to sit down on his monthly interview show, Book Chat, to talk about my debut novel, Where You Will Die. It was an honor and great fun, as Alan is an accomplished ad engaging interviewer. You can see the episode on YouTube here, or in the embed above.
Hope You Enjoy!
THE SHAMING OF THE RAKE
Being a short but most delightful Commedia dell’Arte Play, Intended for the Amusement and Edification of Persons Highborn or Common, Consisting of One Act in Two Scenes, Without Intermission and Imparting a Moral Lesson of Great Significance regarding Love, Treachery and Redemption, Suitable for both Men and Women but Presenting a Significant Number of Indecent Innuendos and Libertine Locutions So as to be Unsuitable for Children.
THE END OF AN ORDINARY LIFE
"OUTSTANDING. In The End of an Ordinary Life: A Memoir in Verse, we are presented with poems of memory and loss, poems that seek to rekindle and reclaim with delicate and precise description a window that we can all see through. "Morning Song When the Music has Faded" is a good example of what this collection does well, creating a window into the past and making us feel as well as see it and investing the poem with the wistful sense of love and loss."
-- Judge, 5th Annual Writer's Digest Self-Published eBook Awards
MY INTERVIEW ON NANCY'S BOOKSHELF
I discuss my play, The Shaming of the Rake, and my award-winning collection, The End of an Ordinary Life, with Nancy Wigman of North State Public Radio - give a listen!