About me

Photo by John W. MacDonald
Photo by John W. MacDonald

Contact: kateheartfield@gmail.com

My agent is Jennie Goloboy of Red Sofa Literary. I live in rural Ottawa.


My Shakespearean fantasy novella, The Course of True Love, is available now from Abaddon Books — part of the collection Monstrous Little Voices: New Tales from Shakespeare’s Fantasy World.

You can find links to the short fiction I’ve had published, in anthologies and in magazines such as Strange Horizons and Daily Science Fiction, on the Stories page.

I’m an active member of SFWA. I’m also a member of Ottawa’s East Block Irregulars and the Codex writers’ group. I was lucky enough to benefit from the mentorship of the late Paul Quarrington, through the Humber School for Writers, in 2007. I’m working now on a historical fantasy novel.

From 2011 to 2014 I was a member of the board of the Ottawa International Writers Festival.


I’m also a non-fiction writer and editor. From 2013 to 2015 I was the editorial pages editor for the Ottawa Citizen, the daily broadsheet in Canada’s capital, and was an editorial board member and columnist for the Citizen from 2004 to 2015.

I’m one of the nominees on the shortlist for Canada’s National Newspaper Award in the editorial-writing category this year.

I have a degree in political science from the University of Ottawa and a master of journalism degree from Carleton University. I now teach journalism at Carleton.

You can hire me to edit or proofread your work.


My Pinterest profile.

My Goodreads author profile.

Photo by Alan Heartfield of me in 1979.
Photo by Alan Heartfield of me in 1979.

4 Comments on “About me

  1. Hi! I enjoyed your recent story in Daily Science Fiction but did wonder why you chose the word ‘Apraxia’ as it is a motor disorder, when what you described, especially in the beginning, is ‘aphasia.’ Aphasia is one of the neurological auras I get before and during a migraine. If the migraine isn’t too severe, I can usually read albeit slowly.

    So, why was the choice for ‘apraxia?” BTW: I’m in the midst of a debilitating 24/7 migraine that started in September, 2013 and is expected to last for another few years so I’ve been experiencing aphasia and a myriad of other neurological and physical auras.

    • Hi, and thanks for the comment. I was concerned that aphasia didn’t quite describe a total loss of spoken language ability, combined with a total maintenance of other forms of language. Neither does apraxia, but I thought that by inventing something called “the Apraxia” it would suggest a disorder in the same family, but also something new. I had the same question on the DSF Facebook page, so I’m pasting in the answer I gave there:
      I spent a lot of time deciding whether to use Aphasia or Apraxia. Ultimately I decided that Apraxia of Speech (as opposed to general apraxia) was closest to the sort of thing I was trying to describe — specifically the affecting of spoken language without affecting other language processes in the brain. Wikipedia explains the difference this way: “AOS and expressive aphasia (also known as Broca’s aphasia) are commonly mistaken as the same disorder mainly because they often occur together in patients. Although both disorders present with symptoms such as a difficulty producing sounds due to damage in the language parts of the brain, they are not the same. The main difference between these disorders lies in the ability to comprehend spoken language; patients with apraxia are able to fully comprehend speech, while patients with aphasia are not always fully able to comprehend others’ speech.” I may have made the wrong choice, but it was a deliberate one. The reason I went with “the Apraxia” rather than Apraxia of Speech was that I didn’t want to represent this as something that already exists, but as a name that humanity might apply to a new disorder.

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