Marie has spent 35 years writing what she fervently hopes is nonfiction, given it is doctor’s notes. Dr Heitz’ medical fields have ranged from Immunology (The Department of Obscure Diseases) to Remote Area Medicine, in Kakadu National Park, and a lot of time in city Emergency Departments. She claims that her handwriting has survived.
Marie is fascinated by how animals work: the how and why of what makes different species function; is troubled about human responsibility towards animals and the planet; and she loves where she lives. Unsurprisingly, these things are what her first novel, The Diemen Alexander, is about.
Marie thinks The Diemen Alexander, the protagonist in her first novel of the same name, is also funnier and more charming than she is.