Author Profile

Heidi Herman

Country: United States


I born and raised in Central Illinois, but my passion and a common theme in writing is my Icelandic heritage. After a 30-year career in business, where I authored magazine articles, white papers, and technical assessment reports, I turned to writing full-time, inspired by her mother’s example. In the winter of 2012, my mom, Íeda Jónasdóttir Herman, published a childhood memoir, which featured some of Iceland's folklore. I was loved the Scandinavian legends, lore, and imaginative stories. The myth of Iceland’s troll-like Christmas characters - Jólasveinar - sparked the imagination of many readers and led to my writing my first book, “The Legend of the Icelandic Yule Lads.” (Republished in 2020 under the title "Yule Lads Legend: Iceland's Jólasveinar")

It was followed by two more books on Icelandic folklore: "The Guardians of Iceland and Other Icelandic Folk Tales" and "The Icelandic Yule Lads Mayhem at the North Pole." In 2017, I co-authored and Icelandic cookbook, "Homestyle Icelandic Cooking for American Kitchens" with my mom, which won a US category in The Gourmand World Cookbook Awards that year. I published my debut novel, "Her Viking Heart", in 2018 and it was named the 2018 Foreword INDIES Book of the Year Gold Winner - Romance Category.

My newest work, “On With The Butter: Spread More Living Onto Everyday Life” was inspired when I worked to complete her mother’s final book, “Never Too Late.” Íeda Jónasdóttir Herman (1925-2019) was 94 years old and had completed a year of new experiences to prove a person is never too old to enjoy life. That message, along with my mother’s example, led me to write this new motivational book with ideas and encouragement on how anyone can find those activities and experiences.

I currently live in South Dakota but enjoy winters in Arizona. In addition to writing, I love Scandinavian festivals, cooking, photography, travel, and exploring the outdoors.


A new series of women's fiction coming 2022!


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