About Me

Photo by Chip Cooper

Photo by Chip Cooper

HEATHER DUNE MACADAM began her career as a performance artist and dancer with the Martha Graham Contemporary Dance Company. After an accident prematurely ended her performing career she began writing. Dancers are fairly quiet people but since she discovered writing, she hasn’t shut up!

Her first book, was RENA’S PROMISE: A STORY OF SISTERS IN AUSCHWITZ,  about the 716th woman in Auschwitz. In 2012, the Digital Edition went viral and became an instant best seller, topping Holocaust and Memoir lists on Amazon.

Over the past 20 years, RENA’S PROMISE has been nominated for the National Book Award, the Christopher Awards, the American Jewish Awards and the National Library Association Awards, published in the United Kingdom, Holland, Brazil, Turkey, Japan and Germany (where it was book of the month in Sept. 1997). In honor of Rena’s memory, Ms. Macadam continues to be active in fighting against Holocaust denial social networks by disseminating the story of the first women in Auschwitz on YouTube and on the Rena’s Promise fan club on Facebook.

Ms. Macadam’s second book, THE WEEPING BUDDHA, was a mystery based on the disappearance of her friend Sam Todd on New Year’s Even 1984, was nominated for  Nero Wolf Best Mystery 2002.

She has been published by The New York Times, National Geographic, The Guardian UK, The Daily Mail, Marie Claire, Newsweek among other national and international publications, and was a commentator on NPR’s All Things Considered.

Ms. Macadam holds a Masters in Creative Writing and has received a Presidential Grant for Research and a PEN American stipend. She and Rena were named Outstanding Writers of the Year in North Carolina in 1995.

Ms. Macadam is the director and president of the Rena’s Promise Foundation and the Rena’s Promise Intl. Creative Writing Camp 4 Teens. Guest artists: Melissa Banks,  Halley Feiffer, Matthew Graham, Lucas Hunt, Dava Sobel, Simon Van Booy and Simon Worrall.

She divides her time between New York and Herefordshire, England, and is a frequent visitor to the Hay Literary Festival.