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Hey there!
I’m Heather.

The beautiful photos of me are by @vanessamirandaphoto

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I love that writing allows me to explore a variety of topics, travel to new places, and meet interesting people from around the world. Thanks to this amazing career, I have published articles on home and design, travel, lifestyle and more.



I’m a big-picture editor who deftly manages editorial planning, assignment and budget tracking, photography needs, deadlines and production. I have a unusual mix of left brain organizational skills and right brain creativity.


I recently finished my first novel which follows a woman’s journey to create a new life after waking up from a three-month coma in Honduras to find her husband dead. I am currently seeking representation while I am fast at work on my second romance novel.

About Me

Heather Shoning is a freelance editor and writer who works with city and home and design publications to produce excellent content that attracts readers and grows their audiences. She is currently editor of one luxury lifestyle city publication in Colorado and one national home and design magazine based in New Mexico. In addition, Heather writes lifestyle, design and travel articles for several magazines across the country.

Originally from Iowa, Heather’s work is grounded in Midwestern sensibility. As an editor, she provides thoughtful direction, meticulous management of the schedule and budget, and is a gracious leader and mentor for staff and freelance teams alike. Heather’s writing is polished prose always delivered on time. She goes the distance to uncover the ambiguous story and enlightens readers with engaging anecdotes and information they can use.

In addition to her magazine work, Heather is an aspiring author. She is currently seeking representation for her first novel while diligently writing her second.

Heather holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism with an emphasis in magazines from Drake University, where she was awarded an esteemed apprenticeship in Meredith Corporation’s home and design publications department.

I value the relationship I’ve developed with Heather as my editor over several years. She’s easy to work with and quick to respond. Heather is direct but encouraging, and my pieces always come out looking better after her edits. I trust Heather with my writing.

– Amanda, writer

Heather is a super patient and fantastic editor to work with. She listens openly to my ideas for articles and lets me know where she thinks they’ll fit best in a magazine or kindly rejects them. I enjoy reading her articles and appreciate how she edits mine. I find Heather to be an ideal editor, leader, and creative thinker.

– Jules, writer

Heather is consistent, reliable, organized, and professional and I trust her immensely with the responsibility of managing the editorial of two of our company’s magazines. Additionally, Heather’s positive attitude makes her a wonderful asset to our company.


– Alpine Publishing Group

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