Ex-farmer, mom, widow & mystery writer

I’m raising my son in the small mountain town where I grew up.


My son might inherit the cancer that killed his dad

Brock and Isaac, months before Brock’s cancer diagnosis in 2014.

Discovering why my husband died of cancer


How do we respond? And why does it make my skin crawl?

(Photo by Mateus Campos Felipe on Unsplash.)


This Is Us

I watched my husband go through different stages. Here’s what to expect.

Our display at my husband’s memorial service.


How to survive & thrive with an uncertain future

(Photo by Josh Wilburne on Unsplash.)


There will now be pre-, mid- and (we hope) post-pandemic literature

(Photo by Patrick Hendry on Unsplash.)
  • is it modern fiction, happening now?
  • Is it historical fiction, happening 20 or more years ago?
  • Is it science fiction or futuristic fiction?
  • Is it fantasy, set in an imaginary world?


This Is Us

Discovering the silver linings of self-isolation

A photo of a pink tinted sky and clouds.
A photo of a pink tinted sky and clouds.
Photo: Busà Photography/Getty Images

Increased kid + parent time


Why Mom needs to stand down, and you need to stand up

(Photo by Steve Shreve on Unsplash.)


Why it took 6 months to tell my in-laws I was dating

(Photo by Sharon McCutcheon on Unsplash.)


(Photo by Patrick Fore on Unsplash.)

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Heather McLeod

Writing about the illness & death of my young husband from cancer, grief, widowhood & this new, Plan B life. www.heatherwmcleod.com

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