You will like me.
Hi, I’m Heather. I’m an alcoholic, sober 31 years. And a Catholic convert.
This site tells of my books, columns, speaking engagements, and editing services.
It’s also a blog where every so often I open my veins and share my very eventful life.
One day you might read a post on Joseph Cornell’s boxes, the next a research project on where to buy cheap toilet paper, and the day after that an impassioned plea called “The Homily I’d Give If I Were a Priest” (hint: if you’re not in close contact with at least one stripper, one person who’s just been released from the psych ward, and someone who’s trying to kick meth, you’re not getting out enough).
Unlike most of my beloved fellow alkies who are “recovering” from Catholicism, I converted to Catholicism in sobriety.
That’s how desperate I am.
If you’re interested in what it used to be like, what happened, and what it’s like now, I write books–lots and lots of books–about my stumbling, tragicomic, journey. Which is, roughly, born and raised on the coast of New Hampshire, twenty years as a hard-core drunk, sobered up, moved West, had a spiritual crisis as a Beverly Hills lawyer, quit my job, started writing, converted, and took my First Communion at the Church of the Blessed Sacrament in Hollywood.
Then the hard part began.
As Flannery O’Connor observed: “I am a Catholic not like someone else would be a Baptist or a Methodist, but like someone else would be an atheist.”