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 historical fantasy novels Armed in Her Fashion and The Humours of Grub Street are coming soon from ChiZine Publications and my interactive novel The Road to Canterbury is coming soon from Choice of Games. Follow me on Goodreads for updates!

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 was shortlisted for Canada’s National Newspaper Award in the editorial-writing category in 2015.

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.

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