Nancy Hedin, a Minnesota writer, has been a pastor and bartender (at the same time). She has been a stand-up comic and a mental health crisis worker (at the same time). She wants readers to know that every story she writes begins with her hearing voices.
In 2018 Nancy’s debut novel, Bend was named Debut Novel of the Year by Golden Crown Literary Society and Foreword Indies Honorable Mention for GLBT Adult Novel of the Year. Barnes and Noble named Bend one of twenty-five books to read for Pride Month.
Stray is a stand-alone novel but it is also a sequel to Bend. When Lorraine’s gay friend is the victim of a hate crime Lorraine Tyler wants to find out who did it and whether she’s next. Stray is a story of politics fueling hate, competing romantic interests, and regular people examining their hearts, beliefs and hormones. Will the town of Bend be a place of judgment or sanctuary?
Stray was a finalist for the Minnesota Book Award in Novel and Short Stories.
Rise was released March 8th, 2021 by NineStar Press. Rise picks up with Lorraine a year into vet school living with her friend, Frankie. Lorraine commutes once in a while to Bend, MN to see her momma and dad. More often she visits her girlfriend, Marin. Recently, Lorraine has been hearing her twin sister's voice in her head. This would normally just be annoying but in these circumstances Lorraine is scared. Becky has been dead a while and Lorraine worries that she is experiencing a mental illness like Becky had. Lorraine needs her momma