Heidi James was raised in a family of theater artists in Austin, Texas, where she was encouraged to seek creative expression above all else in life.
Edgy female-driven material that explores the dark underbelly of human existence, that extracts humor from pain (and sometimes even creates magic from it), is where Heidi lives in her writing.
In 2003 she was invited into the critically acclaimed Off-Broadway theater company 29th Street Rep. She adapted her first feature script from one of the company's hit plays, Follow The Queen, a female-driven dark comedy set in the pressure cooker of a cabin in the woods.
Heidi is the co-creator and co-writer of the series Wolfe, based on veteran actor/card hustler Michael Greene's memoirs. Heidi and Michael received personal guidance on the script from one of Heidi’s mentors Hampton Fancher (Blade Runner, Blade Runner 2049).
Heidi studied screenwriting at AFTRF in Sydney, Australia, Film Video Arts in New York and Film Independent and Screenwriting University in Los Angeles. She interned for Jeff Gordon at Writer’s Boot Camp on both East and West Coasts and has consulted with Jess Hinds and Jacob Kreuger.
Heidi's pilot script Deadshot Girls is the lone runner-up in Script Pipeline's First Look Project 2020-2021, Winner Best TV Pilot in La Femme International Film Festival and Finalist in Page Turner’s TV Pilot Genre Competition, among many other accolades.
Heidi's pre-apocalyptic drama short, Love Bugs, placed in the Top Ten Emerging Screenwriters Shoot Your Short Competition. Other placements include: Winner Best Screenplay HollywoodJust4Shorts, Semi-Finalist Film Pipeline Shorts Competition, Official Selection HollyShorts Film Festival, and a Spotlight Awards Nomination for "Writers who don't conform to formula or convention, and are determined to push the boundaries of imagination and innovation.”
Heidi is currently transcribing a documentary about five Filipino painters directed by Nelson Datu-Anderson for Rok Films. Past projects include developing a treatment for SONY based on the Mexican Mafia in 1990’s East Los Angeles.
She is currently co-writing a feminist Horror script with her father, Edwin Neal, star of the original Texas Chainsaw Massacre.