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Heather O'Connor

Author, Editor

 

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First Name
Heather
Last Name
O'Connor
Province or Territory
Ontario
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Professional information

Bio
Heather M. O'Connor is an award-winning writer, editor and author based in Whitby, Ontario.

Betting Game, Heather's debut novel for teens, was published by Orca Books in October 2015. This action-packed Orca Sports novel throws an elite soccer player into the murky world of illegal gambling.

Heather also writes short stories, fantasy, historical fiction and nonfiction for adults and children.

Always an avid reader, she first tried her hand at writing in 2002 when invited to write three children’s books for Nelson Canada. That’s when the writing bug really sank its teeth into her. Heather opened Merlin Writes, a freelance writing business, and started calling herself a writer. And a teacher. And an author.

Heather has just begun to research and write a historical fiction novel set in Ontario during the Second World War.

Her YA fantasy Twice a Ghost is in revisions. The characters introduced themselves to her during a neighbourhood walk. They’ve since become fast friends.
Available For
An enthusiastic speaker and teacher, Heather enjoys sharing her love of reading and writing with children, teens and adults. She is available to:
- visit your school, library or book club
- give readings
- speak on a broad variety of writing topics
- run writing workshops
Publications
Betting Game (Orca Sports series)
Orca Books, 2015

"Buried in the Green" (Urban Green Man Anthology)
Edge Publishing, 2013

3 Nelson Canada InfoRead series education titles
- It’s Up to Me
- Time Travel Tuesdays: Pioneer Community
- Time Travel Tuesdays: Pioneer Food
Awards
Urban Green Man Anthology,
Aurora Award nominee

"One Foot in the Grave"
Honourable mention in the 9th Annual Geist Literal Literary Postcard Story Contest

Twice a Ghost (YA fantasy novel - in revisions)
Ontario Arts Council Works in Progress grant
Other Memberships
Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI)
Canadian Children's Book Centre
Access Copyright
The Writers' Union of Canada
The Writers' Community of Durham Region (WCDR)
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