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Heidi Herman spent more than thirty years in the telecommunications industry, becoming one of the most skilled cost management consultants in the country. Her career included specialties in sales, systems installation, training, and contract negotiation, giving her a broad understanding of business which she later applied to entrepreneurship, first in a successful multi-location restaurant and later in a boutique publishing company. She had authored seven books in five genres, the most recent being a motivational book, On With the Butter! Spread More Living onto Everyday Life. Today, she continues to write between time spent on motivational speaking, travel, and a variety of hobbies. Born in the United States, Heidi cherishes the Icelandic heritage passed down from her mother. Heidi loves to travel, sharing Icelandic culture and her books. When she’s not on the go, she is usually found cooking something up in the kitchen.

Her Inspiration

Her first works were children’s folklore, inspired by her mother’s memoirs of growing up in Iceland. The Legend of the Icelandic Yule Lads, The Guardians of Iceland and Other Icelandic Folk Tales, and The Icelandic Yule Lads Mayhem at the North Pole were followed by an Icelandic cookbook, Homestyle Icelandic Cooking for American Kitchens co-authored with her mother, Íeda Jónasdóttir Herman. The cookbook won a Gourmand World Cookbook Awards. The following year, in 2018, Heidi published her debut novel, Her Viking Heart, which was named the 2018 Foreword INDIES Book of the Year Gold Winner – Romance Category. Her most recent work was a step into non-fiction. On With the Butter!, an inspirational guide to living a zestful life, is based on life lessons learned from her mother, who was active until her passing at the age of 94. Heidi finished her mother’s final work, a motivational photo journal of 93 new experiences in a single year at the age of 93, undertaken to show you’re never too old for something new. Heidi felt like her mother’s message was incomplete and endeavored to write a guidebook to help others achieve that level of life activity. The result was called a “sunny self-help guide that aims to reveal the secret to an active and exuberant lifestyle” by Kirkus Review.

“Through Heidi Herman’s vibrant and engaging, and often humorous stories…, she encourages curiosity, connection, and a call to action… for those who are looking for an exciting next chapter, or even just a little more flavor, to their life!”

Laura Haw, University of Indianapolis

Adjunct Instructor in Aging Studies

“packed with methods for making the most of life… highly recommended reading for proactive, engaged readers who would grasp these lessons with both hands and apply them to expand their own worlds and opportunities.”

D. Donovan, Midwest Book Review

Senior Reviewer

“The adventures of many daring challengers, including the author’s mother and herself, are expertly documented… Herman’s inspiring work offers a fresh perspective on living well at any age.”

Donna Ford, US Review Of Books

Writer & Reviewer