I’m Shaz, founder of Rock Paper Spirit. I try to condense my bio to, “Just a girl with a laptop and a dream,” which is essentially what I am. Although given that I’m now in my late 30s I might be pushing my luck by referring to myself as a girl!
Professionally, I’m a writer, blogger, social media strategist, copy/paste fashion designer and founder of Rock Paper Spirit publishing. Personally, I’m a mother, wife, dog owner, knitter (yes, young people do it), compulsive list-maker and student. I love red lipstick, polka dots, thigh boots (you’re never too old), breakfast at any time of the day, Mondays and using too many interrobangs. I can usually be found playing Pokemon Go and pretending it’s for my son’s benefit and making obscure pop culture references that nobody else gets. And although I’m a rock chick at heart, my Mastermind specialist subject is cheesy Scandinavian Pop and I’m not even sorry.
Before I was a full time writer, I had a varied career, working in accountancy first then as a paralegal before I gave it up to care for my mini-me whirlwind. During my time as a work-from-home mother I started a small kitchen table perfumery and hosted perfume making lessons for The Perfume Studio. I gave it up in 2017, deciding that I would rather write about perfume than make it. In February 2019 I gave the corporate life a go again, first volunteering in retail and then working in finance. Both were short lived and finance was painfully boring and restrictive. I’ve been a freelance mystery shopper for most of my working life too and have worked for some of the world’s biggest brands, going undercover (sounds glam) to check their products are properly priced and not out of date (but it’s really not).
Forever the Student…
I’m currently studying for my BA in Arts & Humanities, which honestly might be more trouble than it’s worth. I can see why people do the whole university thing when they’re young and full of energy now. I am around halfway through my degree and gained a distinction in Creative Writing. I’ve also been working my way through countless courses, studying online with Harvard (comparative literature), the University of Barcelona (History of Religion) and the California Institute of the Arts (Graphic Design).
My Writing Career
I have been a professional writer since 2002 and write fiction in English using the pseudonyms Lacey Dearie and Heidi Hendren. There’s also another super-secret pen name that I use for erotica, but I’m keeping that under my hat. I write in Scots using my own name.
I started my writing career as a freelancer. My work was published in The Lady, Woman and Best to name a few. Most recently I had a Scots language short story published in the Lallans journal, Lallans 96 (Simmer 2020). I also once wrote a Chaka Demus and Pliers tribute musical, just for the hell of it. I’m pretty proud of it. I’m currently a member of the Cat Writers Association and I’ve written and self-published over 60 fiction titles at the time of publishing this post and I’m adding to it regularly. I’ve published in eBook format, paperback and audio book but I feel that there’s always something new to learn so I’m currently working on producing my own eBook app. To find out more about my books, check the side-hustles section of my site. You can sign up for my newsletter by clicking here: Mailing List Sign-Up I try to make it like a mini-magazine with lots of puzzles, recipes, secrets about the books and extras.
Work With Me
I always endeavour to bring the same level of professionalism to blogging that I do to other areas of writing and freelancing. If you’d like to work with me, please contact me on info @ laceydearie . com or send me a message on Twitter or LinkedIn.