Heidi Grace Bells is a film school grad who became a film projectionist to fund her passionately pursued goals in writing. She has had short works of science fiction and horror published in anthologies such as Once Bitten Never Die, Dark Light Vol.II, A Quick Bite of Flesh, Zombies Gone Wild II, and From The Depths. She won a Cygnus Award, taking first place for her novel Iso in the category of New Adult Sci-Fi, her screenplay adaptation of which placed in the top 10% of entrants for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Nicholl Fellowship. She has guest starred on several podcasts as writing guru, including Checking The Gate and Not Another X-Files Podcast Podcast. She has worked for the Surrey International Writers’ Conference for the past four years, helping readers and authors alike share and learn about the craft. She’s got a myriad of projects on the go across many mediums, but wants to hit the ground running with Sleep Over as a strong debut for what is sure to be a nova-hot career.
And more personally:
H.G. Bells grew up in Gibsons, on the Sunshine Coast in British Columbia, Canada. She loves the West Coast, but currently lives in New Zealand. She enjoys writing very much, and hopes to have a long career as an author.
She will now stop referring to herself in the third person. Did it work? I think it did. There. That’s better.
I used to be a Projectionist, projecting digital films at a multiplex in downtown Vancouver, and 70mm OMNIMAX film at a science centre downtown. I loved being a Projectionist very much, but now it’s automated. Digital is, while not nearly as romantic, a great way for cinema to go.
In addition to writing screenplays, short stories, and books, I’ve played around with an Oddcast called Forgotten.
My life plan is this: be happy, make others happy, and write amazing stories to garner an audience that will howl for more. Oh, and to shape our collective cultural narrative and steer humanity towards the bright future I envision …you know, the usual.
You can contact me via email: heidi @ hgbells . com
For professional inquiries, you can contact my agent, Beth Campbell, at bcampbell(at)bookends-inc(dot)com
Some extra facts about me, because I don’t really know why an “about me” should be standard when I can make it fun.
- had the mumps, whooping cough, vertigo, and e. coli.
- been stabbed by a hawk, fed a baby deer, and dog sledded.
- caught a salmon with my bare hands.
- sung in a world-renowned choir, competed in music festivals, and penned my own compositions.
- played the flute, guitar, and had one fateful summer of violin which ended with me and my entire group of friends being quarantined while we were camping.
I am a graduate of the Vancouver Film School, and hold both my BC Motion Picture Orientation cert, and a traffic control person ticket.
I used to throw messages in bottles over the side of the ferry, and, when I was 11, The X-Files responded to one of them and blew my mind.
I get one pumpkin spice latte a year, to celebrate the anniversary of becoming a Projectionist.
I love Robin Hood.
I bind books, dabbled in chain maille, and practice archery.
I binge-watch TV shows to help get over the crazy feelings that come with finishing writing a novel.
I will never stop writing.