About me

Contact: kateheartfield@gmail.com

20210803_095745My agent is Jennie Goloboy at the Donald Maass Literary Agency. I live in rural Ottawa.



My next novels are The Embroidered Book, coming from HarperVoyager UK in February 2022 (May in North America from HarperCollins), and Assassin’s Creed: The Magus Conspiracy, coming from Aconyte Books in summer 2022.

My 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.

Armed in Her Fashion was a finalist for the Crawford, Locus and Aurora Awards. It received a starred review from Publishers Weekly.

Alice Payne Arrives was a finalist for the Aurora and Nebula Awards, and The Road to Canterbury was a finalist for the Nebula Award in the game category.

My second project for Choice of Games, The Magician’s Workshop, was published in December 2019. I’m now working on a historical fantasy novel called The Embroidered Book, scheduled for publication in 2021.

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 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 have served on the novel jury for the Sunburst Award.


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, but at the moment I’m on hiatus from most editing work as I finish my novel.

Find me on Twitter or Instagram.

My Goodreads author profile.

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

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