About Heather Smith
Heather Smith - comedy writer and mum of five (not the band) lives in Scotland and is one of a rare kind; the rare kind being one of the 0.5% of females that is ever-so-slightly colour blind. She is known to have been prevented from leaving the house with blue eyebrows on at least one occasion.
After Huffington Post UK named her number one of the 50 Funniest Women to Follow on Twitter, Heather started out writing lines for comedians in the Aberdeen, Glasgow & Edinburgh live comedy circuit before embarking on a novel writing career. Her hilarious, debut British comedy ebook, 'The New Mrs D', was an Amazon No1 bestseller before the paperback was published by Fledgling Press, Edinburgh in Spring 2015. She went on to publish two more comedy novels: I Hate That You Bloody Left Me and The Advice Bucket.
She has written sitcom pilots, plays, and articles for publications including Psychologies Magazine and The Scotsman Newspaper, who included her as one of Scotland's 200 most remarkable voices in 2017.
In 2019 Heather was awarded a BBC Scotland scholarship to study the MA in TV Fiction Writing at Glasgow Caledonian University.
After Shirley Valentine, after The First Wives Club and hot on the naked heels of Calendar Girls... there was The New Mrs D!
'Wine-spittingly, chocolate-chokingly brilliant! Hill is the Tom Sharpe of her era! Genuinely laugh out loud funny with great writing and a plot to keep you hooked. Buy it, read it - but if like me you are of a certain age, do so with an empty bladder." – Amanda Prowse, author
Four days into their honeymoon in Greece, Bernice and David Dando have yet to consummate their marriage and after having accepted his almost non-existent desire for sex throughout the relationship, Bernice finally discovers the reason; he is addicted to porn. Learning that the love of her life chooses the cheap thrill of fantasy over her is devastating but then, 'every man does it; it’s just looking, right?’ If she leaves the relationship because of virtual adultery, will she be labelled as pathological, overreacting, or even worse, frigid?
When funny, feisty, forty-something Bernice plans the adventure trip of a lifetime, she doesn’t expect to be spending it alone. But as it turns out, unintentionally contributing to a Greek fish explosion, nude karaoke and hilarious misadventures with volcanoes are exactly what she needs to stop fretting about errant husbands and really start living. But when Mr D tries to win her back, Bernice has a decision to make: is this a holiday from her humdrum life, or the start of a whole new adventure?
"The New Mrs D is a refreshing, sharp-witted and empowering romp that reflects real life, delves into unspoken about subjects and slaps the reader in the face with honesty." Fleur Ferris, author
It is a story about one woman's midlife awakening... on her honeymoon alone.
˃˃˃ Praise For The New Mrs D
"A very funny and touching book from a brilliant new voice in women's fiction.” – Jon Rance, author
"Heather Hill is a very funny lady." – Ben Hatch, author
"...a humorous and cleverly written story with characters that jump off the page and a plot that will keep you engaged until the last page." - Lisa O'Meary, Chick Lit Club
"Ms Hill whisks off to the Greek Islands for a colourful adventure. She takes us on a sensory journey where we soak up the hot sun, drink in the fragrant wine and cradle our temples as Binnie flings her flip flop at us from a speeding scooter" ”" Talesfromabruceeyeview
"the perfect setting for a hilarious update to Eat Pray Love" - Tara Gladden Cornerstones
'This book would do well on your Kindle as a fairly light summer read with a little discussion of more serious issues. You can’t call this “chick lit” – it’s way better than that. Take a look.' - AMAZON VINE VOICE REVIEW
˃˃˃ International Praise For The New Mrs D
'Watch out Jane Green and Helen Fielding! There's a new novelist from your side of the pond.' - Annie McDonnell, Chick Lit Plus
The New Mrs D by Heather Hill had me laughing from page one. The book is so engaging that I stayed up all night to read it - I downloaded it at 10.30 pm and just kept reading. To say it grabbed me by the short and curlies is an understatement! I totally identified with Binnie and so "got it". Heather's light, chatty writing style is refreshingly "real" and she has all the hallmarks of a truly great story teller.
This is a woman's story. It's hysterically funny, empowering and truthful.
I hope we see more excellent stories from Heather Hill - anyone who can make me laugh in the opening paragraph and maintain it, has my undivided attention. She's a gifted author.
This book could so easily become a box office smash. I hope someone decides to make The New Mrs D into that film.
Claire Smith - 1st Assistant Director @ GFox Productions
'Totally Bonkers... and Totally Brilliant!'
'Dare to never lose the silly side of yourself.'
When three silver-surfer widows take a road trip to a bewitching island in the Southern Hebrides, kidnapping a world-renowned psychic medium was the last thing on their minds. And the first thing they did…
After three bereaved, elderly ladies meet in an online forum, it soon becomes clear they each have their own, quite specific, senior citizen plan. The first is desperate for a message from her husband, but his sudden death has made him unavailable. The second just wants a hole in the ground to swallow her up, and so it duly does. The third is in search of her true identity, and has all of life’s essentials in her over-sized handbag: lipstick, phone, spare pair of knickers, mother…
As a trio of desolate women transitions into a trio of friends, they embark on a mission to track down a recently retired, world famous pyschic medium, which takes them on a series of zany and hilarious adventures, where shocking secrets are revealed, relationships are tested, and lobsters are liberated. The women want to know, and they want to know now: Is there life BEFORE death?
Light-hearted, funny and moving, ‘I Hate That You Bloody Left Me’ is a journey of friendship, whisky-rustling and accidental kidnapping, set on the spectacular Scottish isles of Jura and Islay.
It's a pint full of belly laughs, with a whisky chaser.
'Fizzles with wit and humour... Warm, funny, poignant - I loved this utterly original story!'
- Fiona Gibson, author
'Although on one level the novel may be considered "'light" entertainment, with its elements of slapstick and double entendres, it's also a poignant, touching and life-affirming study on the themes of grief and loss.'
– Debi Alper, author and freelance editor.
‘Heather Hill’s writing is hilarious, touching and honest. A truly original voice in women’s fiction.’
– Jon Rance, author.
‘A wonderful blend of comedy and pathos.’
– Bennett Arron, comedian and author
Merrick's life is a wild goose chase. Literally.
'It's that story of an immortal half-man, half-barnacle goose you know you've been waiting for.'
Merrick is on his way to Islay in Scotland to join 35,000 fellow barnacle geese at their annual gathering. Delayed by a sudden fall from the sky, he sustains his first wrist injury in three centuries and has to take a boat.
On the remote Isle of Scarba, just a stone's throw away, Gladys awaits answers. What is the centuries-old secret that rules her destiny?
Lucy Colwyn wants to go to Scarba to die; if she can only get there unscathed first.
Eminent neurologist, Dr. Britten, receives miraculous news: a dying patient is cured. Now he has no choice but to abandon everything and track her down before she does the unthinkable. But the journey won’t be easy, as three familiar old ladies have other, rather unorthodox agendas.
The Queen of The Hebrides leaves for Islay loaded with strangers. By the time the ship's journey reaches its conclusion, some of the passengers are on their way to reaching another: that they’re more connected than they could ever have imagined.
A Scottish fantasy laced with folklore and dark humour, The Advice Bucket is the story of an immortal half-man, half-goose that you know you've been waiting for.
From the author of International Best-Sellers:‘The New Mrs D’ and ‘I Hate That You Bloody Left Me.’
'If you want a breath of fresh air, read Heather Hill. She writes wonderfully and warmly about friendships and about life. And because you see yourself in her words, it feels like you've curled up to chat with an old friend. Highly recommend her gorgeous books.' - Louise Beech, Author.