David L. Heaney
David is the author of A YORKIE'S TALE: LESSONS FROM A LIFE WELL-LIVED and THE BLACK FOX OF BECKHAM. Publisher's Weekly wrote of A YORKIE'S TALE: Heaney offers wisdom, poetry, and humor in his narrative. His distinctive animal characters-pictured in Tatu's expressive watercolors-will resonate with middle grade readers. A YORKIE'S TALE was a semi-finalist for the BookLife Prize Competition (2018). The Booklife Prize Reviewer writes, Heaney's middle grade novel is a unique contemporary story that pays tribute to classic works of children's literature through its poignant and sophisticated approach to dealing with questions about death, purpose, and grief. He has enjoyed several careers all focused around assisting others with major life changes. After twenty years as a parish minister, he practiced as a marriage and family therapist. He then switched gears after being recruited to work as a senior executive with a large private company assisting governments around the world with the development and management of their social assistance programs. David earned a BA in Philosophy at SUNY, College at Purchase, a M.Div. from Yale University Divinity School and another M.A. from the University of San Diego in Marriage and Family Therapy. David lives with his wife Lynda and their three dogs in St. Louis, Missouri where he writes and Lynda is Vice Chancellor for Advancement at Washington University Medical School.