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Heather M. O'Connor

Heather M. O'Connor

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Heather M. O’Connor is an award-winning children's author and freelance journalist based in Peterborough, Ontario. Her debut picture book FAST FRIENDS (Scholastic Canada) won the Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Award, and was nominated for the Blue Spruce, Shining Willow, and IODE Jean Throop awards. Another FAST FRIENDS story is coming in 2023.

In Spring 2022, her picture book RUNS WITH THE STARS will hit the shelves. Coauthored with Darcy Whitecrow, this dual language story shares the little-known history of the Ojibwe Horse.

Her YA soccer novel BETTING GAME was published by Orca Books in 2015. She also writes short stories, fantasy and historical fiction.

Heather enjoys sharing her love of books and writing with schools, libraries, and writing organizations. She gives presentations and creative writing workshops, both live and virtually, on a broad range of topics. 

City:
Peterborough
Province:
Ontario
Genre:
Children's books, picture books, young adult fiction, nonfiction, short stories, speculative fiction, historical fiction..
I write professionally in the following language(s):
English

Publications

FAST FRIENDS. 2020, Scholastic Canada
RUNS WITH THE STARS / WIIJIBIBAMATOON ANANGOONAN. 2022, Second Story Press
BETTING GAME. 2015, Orca Books
Buried in the Green (URBAN GREEN MAN ANTHOLOGY). 2013, Edge Books
Phoenix Rising (FIRE: DEMONS, DRAGONS AND DJINNS). 2018, Tyche Books

Awards

Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Children's Book Award for FAST FRIENDS, 2021
Forest of Reading Blue Spruce Award (finalist) for FAST FRIENDS, 2021
IODE Jean Throop Book Award (finalist) for FAST FRIENDS, 2021
SYRCA Shining Willow Award (finalist) for FAST FRIENDS, 2021
Ontario Library Association Best Bets for FAST FRIENDS, 2020
Toronto Public Library First and Best for FAST FRIENDS, 2020
Geist Magazine 9th Annual Literal Literary Postcard Story Contest (honourable mention) for One Foot in the Grave (short story), 2013
Eligible for National Public Readings Program:
Yes

WITS

Are you available for public presentations and/or workshops:
Yes
Are you available for school visits?:
Yes
Interested in participating in the Union’s Ontario Writers-in-the-Schools program:
Yes
Interested in participating in the Northern Ontario WITS program:
Yes