About Me

Photo by Chip Cooper

Photo by Chip Cooper

HEATHER DUNE MACADAM’S first book, was RENA’S PROMISE: A STORY OF SISTERS IN AUSCHWITZ,  about the 716th woman in Auschwitz. The New Edition is being released this March 2015!

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, Turkey, Japan and Germany (where it was book of the month in Sept. 1997) and will now be released in Brazil! Ms. Macadam is active in fighting against Holocaust denial social networks by disseminating Rena’s story through YouTube and her 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.

Ms. 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!

She has a Masters in Creative Writing and has been awarded SCAD Presidential Grant for Research, a PEN American stipend, THE WINSTON-SALEM EMERGING ARTIST GRANT,, OUTSTANDING WRITER OF THE YEAR in North Carolina, and THE RONDTHALER AWARD for poetry. She divides her time between New York and Herefordshire, England, and is a frequent visitor to Hay on Wye and the Hay Literary Festival.

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.