Claudia’s Big Break is an hilarious novel about friendship, romance, laughter and loyalty. It’s also about three woman taking stock of their lives – with a bit of drunken karaoke thrown in to the mix.
For Claudia and her friends, life will never be the same after their much-needed holiday in paradise.
Claudia’s Big Break will be available throughout Australia and New Zealand, as well as online, from January 2011.
Courier Mail, Brisbane Jan 9, 2010 “Full marks to Heidke who ekes out (What Kate did Next) into a whimsical tale without the sting.”
“Heidke’s witty sophomore effort proves she’s got the depiction of the domestic battleground down to a fine art.” West Australian Jan 13, 2010
CV: After growing up in Brisbane, I ran away to Sydney, via London, and worked in book and magazine publishing. After many years living in the inner west, I was surprised one morning to wake up and find myself married with three children and living on the North Shore.
I’m not one of those people who’ve always wanted to write a novel…okay, I am one of those people. But it wasn’t until a few years ago I seriously challenged myself to do something about it. In fact, it was during an alcohol fuelled New Year’s Eve party where friends had been discussing the merits of a newly published novel.
‘I could write that,’ I blurted to anyone who’d listen. I’ve long forgotten the title of the book from that night, but the idea of writing my own novel, quickly became my New Year’s resolution. The next morning my husband poked me in the ribs, force fed me two Nurofen + and pointed me in the direction of the computer. I also have a vague recollection of him quietly sniggering.
I thought it would be easy. Why not? I had some ideas, so set myself up with several ‘how to’ books, a corner of an overcrowded spare room I could call my own – and was filled with great enthusiasm—confident that at the following New Year’s Eve do, I’d be one of the very few who’d managed to keep their resolution. I’d have written my first novel and would be well on my way to publication.
In my dreams! That was ten long years ago.
Along the way, This Wife’s Life was short listed for the Varuna/HarperCollins Manuscript Awards in 2005, and then in 2006, Lucy Springer’s Story was short listed. With a hell of a lot more writing, rewriting, editing, and several buckets of tears, Lucy Springer’s Story morphed into what is now Lucy Springer Gets Even, which was published in 2009.
In 2009, I continued re-writing This Wife’s Life which was re-named What Kate did Next. What Kate did Next hit the bookshops in January 2010.
Am very pleased to announce that my third book Claudia’s Big Break will be available throughout Australia and New Zealand – and online – from January 2011.
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