Fierce Heart™ Writing Consultant. Motivational Speaker.
I work with heart-centered authors & people who have a Vision and desire to write a book.
They show up, write, and keep going to the last page.
They mend the split between their creative life and their life in the real world. Feeling strong, clear, & confident. Empowered to meet their goals.
They live creatively, with courage. They feel empowered.
~ Why Fierce Heart™
Voice, Words, Ideas
Connection & using our Voice are the heart of empowerment and any Vision. You have stories. They matter. My mission is to help you write what matters to you, and make an impact. Because although I have a sixth sense working with people I lived with a message and story about myself that wasn’t true for a good part of my life: That I was ‘too much.’
I engaged with life, had strong connections with people, was known for my passion about life, the world, and art. . .and every action I took was followed by the words watch it, pull back in my mind.
I showed up smaller than I am, and believed I shouldn’t meet my vision and dreams.
Then, in University for the fifth time to get my bachelor’s degree, something ignited in me, sparked by a conversation between two young women. They said date rape was an accepted risk! The more I studied communication and power structures, and saw a woman’s experience on campus, the more I knew that huge university needed a Women’s Center where women could gather, tell their stories, find allies & support.
I became an activist, using my Voice as a fierce advocate. I experienced being seen, heard, respected, and empowered with purpose. I didn’t think, ‘watch it, keep quiet.’ I thought how can I connect with others so we create this vision together. I saw the real power in using our Voices for good. The Women’s Center opened 18 mos. later, on the eve of my graduation.
At the time, I didn’t know I was saving my own life in the process. A few years later I had to save my life again.
From the outside looking in, my life was good, even one of ease. And one afternoon while on a stroll in the town where I lived, I realized deep inside something was terribly missing. I knew what it meant to feel my voice called out to something larger than myself that mattered, and I didn’t have it.
’I’ve lost my Voice’ were the exact words that came to me. I felt disempowered.
Startled with the realization, I turned with intention to things that inspired me in the past. I took a university course I’d wanted to take. Went to galleries and places I once found stimulating. Nothing worked. And by angels or luck (a story filled with magic of its own), my natural curiosity led me to ask a woman I’d just met what she did. She led prompted writing circles. No pressure, she said.
Writing was my journey back to my Voice and myself. I wrote, took courses, read books, worked with other writers, attended conferences, workshops, and retreats, studied the industry, and became an expert.
I’ve done this work for more than three decades. Consulting and mentoring people to claim their vision, have immediate breakthroughs, and translate their intentions into powerful outcomes.
I know about Fierce Heart, and Fierce Hearted Writing. I know about resilience and presence. I’m committed to inspiring and working with people who have a vision and desire to write a book. I believe a rising tide lifts all ships.
Read more here.
Where We Connect
I’m a novelist, poet, essayist, shift agent and consultant. Always an artist, my passion for creating now focuses on words and the language of life in stories. Seeing the Vision of others manifest in the world.
Stories are key. Reading and writing’s like living a good life. We settle into the world, get to know folks, ride through their ups and downs, share their angst and triumphs…and they share ours. We’re touched in ways so something shifts inside us.
It’s the way I travel the world. As a lifelong learner, immersed in the culture and rhythm of place. It’s how I approach my work, whether as corporate advertising account manager, micro-brewery owner building a business, activist doing big things, or helping authors move toward their goals. Creating and connection at the core.
I’m a slow reader and a slow writer. I’m also a mother, wife, friend, educator, advocate, connector, and dreamer. I claim recovering perfectionist, optimistic realist, and a deep connection with nature and the spiritual. Perfect days and beauty in any form make me happy. Highly intuitive, I confess awe, wonder, and curiosity are in my DNA.
Ask me about myself I’ll tell you I prefer tea to coffee, walking to running, sunrises to sunsets, quiet to lively, exploring to shopping, light filled rooms to cozy caves. A huge dose of solitude sustains me, as does driving through uninhabited landscapes,. You’ll think me extrovert when we meet, tho.
My love for the Appalachians lives in my forthcoming novel Flight. My soul-connection with the high desert of Northern NM lives in my second novel, in progress.
Morning Glory © Heloise Jones
Read My Works
The Writer’s Block Myth – A Guide to Get Past Stuck & Experience Lasting Creative Freedom‘
#1 Bestselling Book described as the best book about what being a writer is.
“Kenya 2018 – The Mara” The Wayfarer, Vol.8 Issue.1 – Homebound Publications
Inspired by my stay of several days in the middle of a Maasai Nature Preserve.
“The Altar of Birds” The Wayfarer, Vol.3 Issue.2 – Homebound Publications
2014 Pushcart Prize nominee poem
“Know Yourself Better than You Know Anyone Else” a contributing essay in Patti Digh’s What I Wish for You: Simple Wisdom for a Happy Life
“A Writer’s Life” guest blog on Marginalia with Nancy Peacock
“The Honey Hour,” short story, The Ekphrastic Review, May 1, 2018
If you like to listen, you’ll enjoy my fun & informative audio guide, taken from the #1 bestselling book: The Writer’s Block Myth, and narrated by me: The Creative Life for People Living in the Real World
Awards & Recognitions
- Summer Literary Seminars Prose & Poetry Contest 2018 – Finalist
- Pushcart Prize nomination 2014: The Wayfarer, Vol.3, Issue 2 – Homebound Publications
- Ruminate Magazine Poetry Contest 2014 – Semi-Finalist
- Thomas Wolfe Fiction Prize 2012 – finalist
- Panhellenic Outstanding Women’s Award (NC State University)
Author Stuff. Life on Earth. Things I Love.
Fresh New Day – seeing each day anew, stories and contemplations
Alan Rinzler – everything publishing from a long-time pro