Craig Allen Heath decided he wanted to be a novelist at age fourteen. He achieved that goal fifty years later.
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, technical writer, and pen-for-hire. 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, too much lawn to mow, a vegetable garden, and a hole in his heart where his dog should be. He says a new pup will grace their home before long, but as Alan learned, grieving must be allowed time and given attention.
Craig Allen Heath 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.
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!