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Heather Rigney

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Writer, artist, and underwater fire-breather, Heather Rigney likes to make stuff. Stuff with words, stuff with paint, stuff that’s pretty, and stuff that’s not. Heather’s stories reflect her dark, gothic childhood spent alone in the woods of northern Rhode Island.

Having discovered the works of both Stephen King and Clive Barker at the age of eleven, she started to wonder if she truly was alone in the woods, or perhaps not. The perhaps was what kept her up at night. Her imagination cranked out stories and dreams that she kept to herself. She was an odd child and didn’t need one more reason for the neighbors to cluck, “That Rigney girl is so odd …” But now that she’s comfortable with her oddness, Heather would love to share her stories with

Average rating: 3.83 · 100 ratings · 38 reviews · 3 distinct works · Similar authors
Waking the Merrow
3.86 of 5 stars 3.86 avg rating — 83 ratings — published 2014 — 2 editions
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For those of you who have read my book and told someone about it, thank you. For those who have used social media to tell others about my book, thank you. For those who have left a review anywhere about my book, thank you.

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Waking the Merrow by Heather Rigney
"I was eager to read this book by fellow RI writer Heather Rigney and was not disappointed. Loved her imperfect, snarky main character, Evie. Loved the relationship between Evie and her lumbering Irish husband, Paddy. Loved that it got bloody enoug..." Read more of this review »
Waking the Merrow by Heather Rigney
"I really enjoyed reading this, read in a day and couldn't put it down.

Evie the unlikely hero made me laugh throughout the book, not that I agreed or couldn't relate to her behaviors early in the book.

The story was unusual and held my interest thro..." Read more of this review »
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Waking the Merrow by Heather Rigney
"Bloody Brilliant. Really VERY bloody and really very brilliant!

I can't imagine anyone not liking this novel. It's one of those things where I see a one star review and am truly shocked. I cannot think of a demographic this wouldn't appeal to or an..." Read more of this review »
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description: January was such a big month for The Short Life of Sparrows, and so to say thank you for the emails/reviews/buzz, and to celebrate Valentine's Day, all of your friends can pick up their own FREE kindle copy Wednesday February 4th and Thursday February 5th. Thank you for your excitement and support. And Happy Love Day to you all!
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“Naked, tattooed men meandered around, lit torches, congregated in groups, spoke in hushed voices. It was like pictures I had seen on the internet of Comic Con, except no one was wearing a cape. And there were no females. So, yes, it was just like Comic Con.”
Heather Rigney, Waking the Merrow

“She’s a wicked thing. Her mother should have drowned her the day she was born.” I was about to question the likelihood of a drowned merrow, then thought better of it.”
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“That was one thing you found out when you were stoned, or wasted, or feverish: that the world was always turning and that only a healthy mind could block out the sickening whirl of it.”
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Heather Rigney Mayda wrote: "Hi Heather!
I am excited as I am going on a weekend trip with my husband and am downloading your book "Dive" and also Emm's book for the trip! That should be a much needed break!

Hi Mayda!

Thank you for reaching out and letting me know you will be reading my work! That made my day!

I saw that you like kungfu! Me too! I have always had a crush on Bruce Lee...I even have a sticker of him on my laptop!

Have a wonderful trip with your husband and let me know what you think (bad and good! I need input!)


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M. Hi Heather!
I am excited as I am going on a weekend trip with my husband and am downloading your book "Dive" and also Emm's book for the trip! That should be a much needed break!

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