**Readers' Favorite Book Award Gold Medal Winner**
**Next Generation Indie Book Award 1st place Winner**
**Kore Press Memoir Award Semifinalist**
**5 Star Review on Amazon and GoodReads**
“Fantasy meets reality in this charming, funny, true-life memoir, propelled by the vivacious, utterly engaging voice of our compulsively honest narrator. A real page-turner.”
- Phillip Lopate
"Thirty-four-year old Heather Siegel is eccentric, artsy, and independent, and she doesn't believe in romantic fairy-tales. At least not until she meets her opposite in Jon, a man of science, logic, and kingly ego. She not only falls for the idea of love and "soulmates," she goes one step further. Going against the advice of three waves of feminism, she moves to the suburbs of Long Island and invests wholeheartedly in marriage and motherhood. Naturally, it doesn’t take long before she finds herself lost and adrift. To regain a shred of her old self, she embarks upon a series of quirky and painfully humorous entrepreneurial and health adventures.
Can you be a stay-at-home mother and still be a feminist? Does the word soulmate have more than one meaning? Should we believe in the “true love” narrative? What is the goal of marriage and raising children, anyway? These are questions posed within this high drama of the mundane, in which (spoiler alert) no murder happens, no affair unfolds, and no death, illness, or trauma is suffered. What does unspool is an entertaining arc of transformation, a light introspective about a marriage of opposites, and boatloads of honesty. The King and The Quirky is sure to get you thinking about your own relationships and it will remind you that perhaps your most important relationship is the one you have with yourself."
Heather Siegel is an award-winning author and creative with interests in the arts, food, and animal welfare. In her past life, she founded several independent businesses, including a coffeehouse, a café, an organic juice bar, and a natural beauty bar.
She currently teaches academic and creative writing for local colleges and continuing education programs, and runs private workshops, a developmental editing service, and a book incubator at Heather's Creative Writery. She holds an MFA from The New School University, and lives in the woods of Long Island with her family in a farmhouse that always needs something fixed.
Awards and Mentions:
Reader Favorite Book Award 2020, Gold Medal in Women's Nonfiction
Next Generation Indie Book Awards 2020, Women's Issues, Winner
Goose Wickes Prize in Prose, 2019, Winner
Kore Press, 2018 Memoir Award, Semifinalist
Leapfrog Press 2017 Fiction Contest, Honorable Mention
Foreword Reviews 2016 INDIEFAB Book of the Year Award, Finalist
East Texas Writer's Guild 2015 First Chapter Award, Winner
Dan’s Paper 2014 Literary Award for Nonfiction, Judges Favorite
Doris Bakwin 2012 First Book Award, Finalist
Kore Press 2012 Prose Award, Finalist
San Francisco 2011 Writer's Conference Indie Publishing, Finalist
PNWA 2010 Literary Award in Non-Fiction, Finalist