About

I was born in Pawnee City, Nebraska on September 30, 1949, the youngest in a family of six.  In 1955, we relocated to the State Capitol of Lincoln and I grew up in a multi-ethnic community strongly influenced by the proximity of the University of Nebraska.

Our family was quite musical and I learned to sing and play the guitar while still young, but I felt a strong yearning to write as well.  Most of my early work consisted of copying the style of whatever novelist, short story writer or playwright that I was currently reading.  I developed a strong interest in theater that lasted for many years as I appeared in school plays, at Lincoln Community Playhouse, the Gaslight Theater, and eventually University Theater and at the Chuckwagon Dinner Playhouse in Greeley, Colorado.

After graduating from Lincoln High School in 1968, I attended the University of Nebraska and attained a Bachelor of Science in Education degree in 1974, after which I was involved in dinner theater.  In 1972, I married Jo Lea Remington.

Following my mother’s death in 1977, I joined the United States Army and served for three years at Baumholder, Germany, where I married my second wife, Deborah Swearingen. When I got out of the Army, I returned to Lincoln where I married my third wife, Christiane Schmid, a girl I had known in Germany.

In 1983, we moved to the San Francisco Bay Area, living in Daly City and San Bruno.  Following our separation and divorce, I began the first serious writing I had attempted in many years, writing two novels that have not seen the light of day for various reasons and finishing the first few drafts of Spirit Wind.   In 1998, I rented a house in Chinatown near Jackson and Powell Streets and entered the most productive period of my life as a writer.  In addition to completing several more drafts of Spirit Wind, I completed numerous short stories and outlined a number of future novels.

During this time, I worked for Cushman & Wakefield’s Regional Headquarters in downtown San Francisco in various capacities ranging from Executive Secretary to Corporate Research.  We were located first in the Bank of American Building, but relocated to One Maritime Plaza during my employment.

My close friend, Patti Solis, died in February of 2000 from complications with breast cancer and it had a deep effect on me.  I participated in the 2000 and 2001 Avon Breast Cancer Three-Day Walks and raised money for research and breast cancer outreach programs, leading training walks throughout San Francisco.  This experience would ultimately inspire my second novel, Walk Against Time.

When corporate reaction to 9/11 led to the end of my job with Cushman & Wakefield, I moved to Santa Fe, New Mexico, where I mostly played music in a band we called Quakers On Acid and enjoyed the wonderful New Mexico environment (including both the scenery and the food).

In 2011, with my siblings all growing older every day, I moved back to my hometown of Lincoln, Nebraska, where I retired to a life of full time writing and spending time with my family.  In 2013, I finished the sixth draft of Spirit Wind, obtained representation from The Carolyn Jenks Agency in Cambridge, MA, and I finished three drafts of Walk Against Time.  Through Carolyn’s marvelous efforts, I am currently waiting to hear from several editors who are interested in publishing Spirit Wind and I am working on two new novels, The Goddess of Abraham and Winterland, both Young Adult science fiction books.  I continue to write songs and short fiction and perform periodically at the Gratitude Café and Bakery here in Lincoln. 

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4 thoughts on “About

  1. I had a quick look at this site and read your review of The English Patient with interest. I agree, much too long.

    Here’s a link to the Riepma Ross: http://theross.org/

    And, should you have time to waste, here’s a link to a web forum where I post my pictures:\

    http://www.photopoints.com/#photographer/5582/harlan-heald

    If you click on the picture, you can read all of the comments that came my way, as well as a bit of info about the shot.

    Look forward to seeing you at Kats.

    Harlan

    hheald@windstream.net

    1. Thanks, Harlan! Thanks for the Riepma Ross link and I’ll be sure to take a look at your photos. I appreciate you stopping by at the site and taking the time to send me a comment! See you at the Gratitude! Paul

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