About me

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

Contact: kateheartfield@gmail.com

My agent is Jennie Goloboy at the Donald Maass Literary Agency. I live in rural Ottawa.

PRESS KIT HERE.

FICTION

My historical fantasy novel Armed in Her Fashion was published in May 2018 from ChiZine Publications and my interactive novel The Road to Canterbury was released in 2018 from Choice of Games. In late 2018, my time-travel novella Alice Payne Arrives came out from Tor.com Publishing, followed by the sequel, Alice Payne Rides, on March 5, 2019. And I’ll have another novel coming soon from ChiZine:  The Humours of Grub Street.

Armed in Her Fashion was a finalist for the Crawford Award, and is on the Locus Recommended List. It received a starred review from Publishers Weekly.

Alice Payne Arrives is a finalist for the Nebula Award in the novella category, and The Road to Canterbury is a finalist for the Nebula Award in the game category.

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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. My story “The Seven O’Clock Man” was longlisted for the Sunburst Award in 2017.

I’m a member of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, and of the Historical Novel Society, and of the Writers’ Union of Canada. 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.

From 2011 to 2014 I was a member of the board of the Ottawa International Writers Festival. In 2017, I was a member of the fiction jury for the Ottawa Book Award. I’m currently on the novel jury for the Sunburst Award.

JOURNALISM AND EDITING

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. I also teach creative writing online for the Loft Literary Center.

You can hire me to edit or proofread your work.

Find me on Twitter or Instagram.

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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