Author. Coach. Traveler. Meditator. Occasional ass-kicker.
The Non-Official Bio, which is really a Statement of Purpose:
I started coaching because I just can't bear seeing writers--anyone, really--living lives devoid of passion, their days squandered, surrendered to the to-do list (never-ending), living inside the boxes other people or fear or their pasts have built for them. I coach because I genuinely love the artistic life, the creative process, the pursuit of wonder, and I am deeply fascinated by how and why we do what we do.
My clients are dear to me: I am invested in them, their work, their futures. It is hands-down the most satisfying thing in the world to be doing, and talking to my clients always makes me feel jazzed and ready to dig into my own work. When I'm not coaching, I'm writing, reading, or exploring the nooks and crannies of wherever I am living in the world (side note: my husband and I are now international housesitters, writing from places as varied as France and Turkey. To keep up with our adventures, come visit us on our Insta, Sits Ahoy).
A few years ago, I had a near nervous break down. I was dealing with a seriously intense publishing schedule and was creatively exhausted--and utterly disheartened by the publishing industry. I'd checked nearly everything off my bucket list, had several books out and under contract, had a literary award, and lived in New York City--my dreams all come true! So what was wrong with me? In desperation, I began meditating. I went deep. Way deep. And what I found was that I'd lost sight of myself. I was drowning in the hustle, my to-do list, my endless ambition. I'd started placing my value in my sales, my likes on social media, my publisher's support (or lack thereof), and how that day's writing went. I was constantly comparing myself to other writers, and always falling short.
Meditation rebooted my life. It re-centered me, reminding me why I write in the first place, who I am, and what I truly value. It gave me back myself. I've learned so much over the past decade as a writer and I want to help other writers to either avoid the mistakes I made, or to help them out of the holes I was able to climb out of.
I truly believe that when women are empowered, when they are doing what they were put on this earth to do--create--then all of society benefits. There are so many ways to live a life, and absolutely no reason to endure one that leaves you feeling like a failure, like a has-been, like nothing more than a sack of bones. I wish I could bottle a creativity boost to just pass out on the subway, to give people permission to pursue the things that make their hearts beat faster. Since I've yet to figure out a way to do that, I will continue on, client by client, workshop by workshop, class by class, blog post by blog post, to share what I've learned and to walk people through the new lessons the universe is offering up to me. I'll hope you'll join me on the journey--from where I stand, the view is pretty great.
The official bio:
Heather Demetrios is a certified meditation teacher and the critically acclaimed author of six young adult novels. When she isn't spending time in imaginary places, you'll find her traipsing around the world with her husband in her newest creative life hack: a grand international housesitting experiment (Insta: @sitsahoy). Heather has an MFA in Writing from Vermont College of Fine Arts and is a recipient of the PEN New England Susan P. Bloom Discovery Award for her debut novel, Something Real. Her novels include I’ll Meet You There, Bad Romance, as well as the Dark Caravan fantasy series: Exquisite Captive, Blood Passage, and Freedom’s Slave. She is also the editor of the forthcoming anthology, Dear Heartbreak: YA Authors and Teens on the Dark Side of Love and the author of Code Name Badass, an upcoming feminist pop biography of WWII lady spy, Virginia Hall. New fantasy, contemporary, and historical novels are also forthcoming from Macmillan. Her honors include books that have been named Bank Street Best Children’s Books, a YALSA Best Fiction For Young Adults selection, a Goodreads Choice Nominee, a Kirkus Best Book, and a Barnes and Noble Best Book. Her work has also appeared in The Los Angeles Review of Books, Bustle, and other fine sources. She writes a weekly post on mindfulness for writers for Vermont College of Fine Arts, which you can also find on her blog, Mindfulness for Writers. Find out more about Heather and her books at www.heatherdemetrios.com.