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About Heath Shedlake


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Hi, my name is Heath, and writing is my passion. My desire to write is driven by my frustration to achieve something more creative and tangible in my life. I live in the relaxing seaside town of Worthing, where I love to kite surf. I mainly write in coffee shops as I find it a bit lonely writing at home, but it can be hard sometimes trying to tune out people’s conversations!

I am the proud author of two books – The Shamanic Prophecy, and its sequel – Hope Not Lost.

My blog is meant to be a light-hearted attempt to enlighten other Indie authors about the perils and pitfalls of becoming  a self-published author. One of the benefits of being an Indie author is being in complete control of the creative process. This does come with the downside of having to promote and publicise one’s work, though. However, the satisfaction of being in control over your own destiny does outweigh the negatives. Please read through my blog and feel free to contact me, even if you wish to correct me or disagree with anything I have said!


27 responses to “About Heath Shedlake

  1. Alex Plowman says:

    Hullo! Alex here. Just to let you know that I have got ‘Jabuti’s Quest’ on my Kindle now and am looking forward to reading it. See you around the world, or even at T5.


  2. Lizzy says:

    Hi Heath, The lovely wife was on Denvor trip with you and just brought the book, looking forward to reading it and it’s motivated her to start children’s stories 🙂


    • Hello!
      That’s great thank you. I was so impressed with her stories about her small-holding. I definitely think she has a story for children there. I love getting people motivated about writing 🙂


  3. justmoo33 says:

    Hi Heath. I nominated you for the Liebster Blogging award. There’s no grand prize, and it’s just a bit of fun really. I hope you pick up the baton:


  4. justmoo33 says:

    Lol. Fingers crossed – just over two weeks to go!


  5. Alan Crook says:

    Hi Heath.My name is Alan Crook.I heard you on the Jeremy Vine show on Radio 2 today,and was interested in your comments.A fine piece of self-publicising,if I may say so! As a pennist myself,(though you may wish to re-spell that at a later date),I would like to point out a couple of things about your introduction to yourself,that appear above-but only in a private email.I would be happy to hear from you.Regards,Alan.


    • Hi Alan,
      Thanks for taking the time to get in contact with me. One has to try every opportunity to garner publicity! I’m sure my blog has some grammatical errors, so I appreciate you wanting to help me out with that! 🙂


  6. Sarah Starr says:

    Hi Heath, I saw your book in the Bluebird Cafe last year and have read it and enjoyed it-the bizarre thing is I too published my first novel in 2013, it is about the Ancient aborigines of Australia and is called Dream Time, is also available on Amazon and follows one woman’s journey as she witnesses (through dreams) the betrayal of a culture but also their amazing resilience through their spiritual connection to the earth.
    You may also know my nephew, Jake Scrace, also a Kite surfer who jumped Worthing Pier a few years back!!
    Best regards, Sarah x


    • Hello Sarah,
      Thank you very much for your kind words. As a published author yourself you will know how much a good review makes the job worthwhile 🙂
      I do indeed know Jake quite well. He has been off the water for a while because of his knee injury, but he’s slowly getting back into it.
      I really wish you well with your novel, Dream Time. It is no mean feat is it, to
      publish one’s own book? The sequel to The Shamanic Prophecy, which is entitled Hope Not Lost will be due this summer.
      Best wishes,


  7. Andy says:

    You Gay!


  8. […] Heath Shedlake – Heath is a self-published author from the seaside town Worthing. He blogs about self publishing and being an indie author! […]


  9. Steph Carpenter ( BA ) says:

    Pink t shirt eh?! Poser! Ha! Must catch up with your Jeremy Vine interview! Well done!……….( I mentioned you/gave your details to my friend in ‘ OUP’ publishing, but he is more in text book side of things! ) Steph. x


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