Heather Doran Barbieri is half-Irish. Her paternal ancestors left Donegal and Tipperary counties in the 1860s/70s after surviving the Great Famine and worked in the coal mines of Eastern Pennsylvania before settling in Butte, Montana. Her impeccably dressed maternal grandmother was a descendent of a lady in waiting to Queen Victoria and instilled an avid interest in fashion in her granddaughters. She lives in Seattle with her husband and three children and has been awarded international prizes for her short fiction.
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