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About the author

Heidi Herman was born in Illinois but embraces a rich Scandinavian heritage. Her mother is a native of Iceland, who met and married a US serviceman who was stationed in Reykjavik during WWII. Heidi grew up with stories of brave fishermen, mischievous trolls and adventurous Vikings. She once insisted to her elementary teacher that Leif Ericsson, not Christopher Columbus discovered America and that the history books were wrong.

After a 30-year career in business, where she authored magazine articles, white papers and technical assessment reports, Heidi turned to fiction writing full-time. In the winter of 2012, her mother, Ieda, published her childhood memoirs, which some of Iceland's folklore. Heidi was again immersed in childhood memories of legend, lore and imaginative stories. The troll-like Christmas characters sparked the imagination of many and led to Heidi writing her first book, "The Legend of the Icelandic Yule Lads", followed by two more books on Icelandic folklore and an Icelandic cookbook.

She had expanded her writing into full-length novels, incorporating an Icelandic element to women's literature and contemporary romance. Heidi continues to work on new stories of the Yule Lads and other Icelandic mythological characters.

She lives in Illinois with her two Schnoodles, Dusty and Thor.