About Heidi

I am a writer, storyteller, and translator. I live in Colombia’s Coffee Region with my husband, daughters, and dogs where I drink too much coffee and cannot get Cheerios. 

  • I have Basque/Norwegian heritage and grew up making chorizos in the garage, kringle & lefse for Christmas, and went to Basque dancing classes at the JT in Gardnerville.  Basque sheepherders left messages, carvings, art in the Aspen trees all over Nevada. (This was probably a great uncle of mine!)
  • My first lit loves were Ramona the Pest and Susan Cooper’s The Dark is Rising series. 
  • I have lived and backpacked to over 25 countries around the world. So, if you need to know about the best way to see the world on $10.00/day, let me know. (I also know which countries have the scratchiest toilet paper. These things are important)
  • I live in the Colombia Coffee Region (Pereira!), have met the Real Juan Valdez and el Cole (the Birdman) (see below), am a bit obsessed with the Panini Album for the World Cup every four years, and love empanadas (Who doesn’t, right?). 
  • My daughters speak English with a little Colombian accent.
  • I love going to the movies alone.
  • October is my favorite month. Halloween and Nevada Day are my favorite holidays. Colombia does not celebrate Nevada Day. This is distressing.
  • My husband used to collect and cultivate heliconias. He named one after me. (Heliconia Heidi … see over there —->). I think this is pretty incredible.





 Heliconia Heidi

No need to hurry. No need to sparkle. No need to be anybody but oneself. -- Virginia Woolf