In the Story…

Character Description: Heather Williams is an orphaned carny freak who lives at a traveling carnival with a retired clown. When she tries to help a fellow carny, Heather is forced to leave the only home she’s ever known, along with some of the other carnies, to live in our world. Heather soon learns, finding a place where she’s accepted–just isn’t easy… 

In Real life…

The real Heather...

Heather is the author’s younger sister. She was raised in Pompano Beach, Florida and is the proud mother of two, a boy and a girl. The real Heather, recently overcame Leukemia and despite the doctors, was blessed with a little boy!

“They told me I couldn’t have a child!”

Heather’s son, Michael, is named after her good friend, who died at a very young age.  Amberlyn, her oldest, is the inspiration for the author’s character Amberlyn, the baby Octaloon, in The Fall of Gadaie Series.

Amberlyn and Michael

Interesting fact:

  • The inspiration for the character’s eyes came from the real Heather.

Why the author chose her name, Heather, to represent the character:

The Character in the story represented a person who, despite all odds, was strong enough to overcome whatever obstacles they faced. The character needed to do this and at the end of the day, still be the same person she was before the bad.


In real life, Heather has done this–just in a different way than the character. She’s overcome cancer, become a mother, and never forgotten who she was, those from her past, and she’s never forgotten about the people she cares about; even giving her son the name of her dearest friend.

Please Note: The actual events and actions taken by the fictional Heather are not true and do not represent the real Heather, Heather’s Turn, is a work of fiction.

Other books where her name appears:

  • The Pit

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