Heather is an award-winning children’s author, journalist, editor and translator. Her two middle-grade novels, Clutch and The Other Side, received Skipping Stones Honor Awards and nominations for Forest of Reading, among other honors. Clutch was also named a 2017 Best Book from Kirkus Reviews and a finalist for the Geoffrey Bilson Award for Historical Fiction for Young People.
Heather is also an accomplished nonfiction writer. She is the author of the award-winning middle-grade What If Soldiers Fought with Pillows? True Stories of Imagination and Determination, I Can’t Do What? Strange Laws and Rules from Around the World, Secret Schools: True Stories of the Determination to Learn, and The Prisoner and the Writer, the story of wrongly imprisoned Captain Alfred Dreyfus and author Emile Zola’s fight to have him set free. Her next nonfiction book, Becoming Bionic and Other Ways Science is Making Us Super, will be released spring 2023.
Although she dabbled in fiction as a teenager, she went on to study communications at Concordia University and then journalism at New York University. After 15 years in journalism — writing, editing and translating for various publications, including Quill & Quire, Owl, TV Guide Canada and Style at Home — she longed to get back to fiction. This need became even stronger after reading Okay for Now by Gary D. Schmidt, a novel that showed her she could write the kind of story she wanted to – and possibly get published!
She immersed herself in the Canadian children’s literature scene, working at Mabel’s Fables Bookstore and volunteering with the Canadian Society of Children’s Authors, Illustrators and Performers (CANSCAIP).
Her short story, The Boys of Summer, won the 17th Annual Writing for Children Competition held by CANSCAIP and The Writers’ Union of Canada. That story turned into Clutch.
Born and raised in Montreal, Heather lives in Toronto with her husband and two kids.
Honours and reviews
It’s a thrill knowing others enjoy and appreciate what I’ve put out into this world. Writing is a very solitary business and you never know if what you’re spending all your time on will make an impression – never mind be published. Honours and reviews are an extra boost to let writers know what they’re doing matters.
What books do I love and draw inspiration from? You’ll find an always evolving gallery of my favourite books. Let me know what I should read next!
- Canadian Children’s Book Centre
- IBBY Canada
- Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) – Canada East
- The Writers’ Union of Canada