Heather M. O'Connor

Heather M. O’Connor is an award-winning freelance writer, editor and author. Her first picture book Fast Friends, illustrated by Claudia Dávila, was published by Scholastic Canada in 2020. Betting Game, her debut novel with Orca Books, was published in 2015. She also writes short stories, fantasy and historical fiction.

Heather lives in Peterborough, Ontario.

School and library visits

Heather enjoys visiting schools, libraries, book clubs and writing groups. She presents on a broad range of topics, including:

  • writer’s craft
  • fantasy, historical fiction and children’s writing
  • business, promotional, grant and web-writing
  • using Scrivener writing software
  • pitching and writing for magazines and newspapers


Other books and published fiction

  • “Buried in the Green” – Urban Green Man anthology, nominated for 4 Aurora Awards
  • One Foot in the Grave” – honourable mention in the 9th Annual Geist Literal Literary Postcard Story Contest
  • 3 Nelson Canada education titles
    • It’s Up to Me
    • Time Travel Tuesdays: Pioneer CommunityMy books
    • Time Travel Tuesdays: Pioneer Food

Professional memberships

  • Canadian Society of Children’s Authors, Illustrators and Performers (CANSCAIP profile)
  • Society for Children’s Book Writers, and Illustrators (SCBWI profile)
  • Canadian Children’s Book Centre (CCBC profile)
  • The Writers’ Union of Canada
  • Access Copyright

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