Heather Camlot is the author of the nonfiction What If Soldiers Fought with Pillows? (Owlkids Books, 2020) and the novels The Other Side and Clutch (2020, 2017, both Red Deer Press). A journalist for almost 20 years, she has written, edited and translated for various publications, including Quill & Quire, Owl, TV Guide Canada and Style at Home.
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, 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, which was named among Kirkus’s Best Middle-Grade Historical Fiction of 2017 and is a 2018 Skipping Stones Honor Award winner.
She lives in Toronto with her husband and two kids.
- Canadian Children’s Book Centre
- Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) – Canada East
- The Writers’ Union of Canada