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Heather Jacobs is an editor and fiction writer currently working on a novel that takes place in northern California. Her work appeared most recently in The Lumberyard and Fugue, and she is the founding editor of Big Fiction Magazine, a biannual literary journal that gained national attention in Poets & Writers, and online at NewPages.com and Ploughshares.
Heather received 2014 GAP funding for travel costs to create a publishable excerpt from a novel and build a platform from when it is completed. Spanning about a century, up to the present day, her novel-in-progress follows one northern California family over several generations, going back to Italian, Spanish, and British immigrants. It is a collage of voices, each chapter focusing on a different family member. Some chapters will feature more “peripheral” characters that have touched the central protagonists’ lives at a turning point. Through the course of her research for one such chapter she came across a fascinating individual: George Pierce, Jr., an almond grower, Booster, and community organizer in California, around the turn of the century. He was so interesting she created a fictional character based on him and, with GAP funds, will travel to California to do further research.
Artist External Links
Big Fiction Magazine, Issue 4, 2013.
Big Fiction Magazine, Issue 5, 2014.
Big Fiction Magazine, Issue 6, 2014.