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Kate Heartfield is the author of The Embroidered Book, a historical fantasy novel out in February 2022. Her debut novel won Canada’s Aurora Award, and her novellas, stories and games have been shortlisted for the Nebula, Locus, Crawford, Sunburst and Aurora awards. A former journalist, Kate lives near Ottawa, Canada.

100 words (updated June 2021)

Kate Heartfield is the author of The Embroidered Book, a historical fantasy novel out in February 2022, and the Alice Payne time travel novellas (2018/2019). Her debut novel Armed in Her Fashion (2018) won Canada’s Aurora Award. She also writes interactive fiction, including The Road to Canterbury, and The Magician’s Workshop, published by Choice of Games. Her short fiction has been shortlisted for the Nebula, Locus, Aurora, Sunburst and Crawford awards, and her journalism for a National Newspaper Award. Her short stories have appeared in Strange Horizons, Lackington’s, Podcastle and elsewhere. A former newspaper journalist, Kate lives near Ottawa, Canada.

150 words (updated June 2021)

Kate Heartfield is the author of The Embroidered Book, a historical fantasy novel out in February 2022, and the two Alice Payne time travel novellas (2018/2019). Her debut novel Armed in Her Fashion (2018) won Canada’s Aurora Award. She also writes interactive fiction, including The Road to Canterbury, and The Magician’s Workshop, both published by Choice of Games. Her fiction has been shortlisted for the Nebula, Locus, Aurora, Sunburst and Crawford awards. Her novella “The Course of True Love” was published by Abaddon Books in 2016. Her short fiction has appeared in Strange Horizons, Lackington’s, Podcastle and elsewhere. A former newspaper journalist, Kate lives in rural Ontario, Canada with her partner and their son. In 2015, she was a finalist for the National Newspaper Award in editorial writing. She now teaches journalism at Carleton University, and creative writing online for the Loft Literary Center, and works as a freelance editor.

Long bio (430 words) (updated June 2021)

Kate Heartfield is an author, teacher and editor in Ottawa, Canada. Her novel The Embroidered Book, a historical fantasy about Marie Antoinette and her sister Maria Carolina, is out in February 2022.

Kate’s first novel, Armed in Her Fashion, was published by ChiZine Publications in 2018. It received a starred review from Publishers Weekly, won the Aurora Award for Best Novel, and was a finalist for the Crawford and Locus awards.

Also in 2018, she published the time travel novella Alice Payne Arrives (Tor.com Publishing) and the interactive novel The Road to Canterbury (Choice of Games). Both were finalists for the Nebula Awards. The second Alice Payne book is Alice Payne Rides (Tor.com Publishing, March 2019). Both Alice Payne novellas were shortlisted for the Aurora Awards. Her second game for Choice of Games, The Magician’s Workshop, was published in December 2019, and it was shortlisted for the Nebula Award.

Her novella “The Course of True Love” was published by Abaddon Books as part of the collection Monstrous Little Voices: New Tales from Shakespeare’s Fantasy World in 2016. Her short fiction has appeared in Strange Horizons, Lackington’s, Escape Pod and elsewhere, and has been longlisted three times for the Sunburst Award.

Kate is a former board member of the Ottawa International Writers Festival. She has served on juries for the Ottawa Book Award and the Sunburst Award. Her agent is Jennie Goloboy at the Donald Maass Literary Agency. Kate is a member of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, of Codex, and the writers group The East Block Irregulars.

She grew up mainly in northern Ontario and Manitoba, and spent a year in Belize as a teenager. She graduated from the political science program at the University of Ottawa in 1999, and received her master’s degree in journalism from Carleton University in 2001. Her journalistic work has appeared in several publications. From 2004 to 2015, she was a member of the editorial board of the Ottawa Citizen, the daily broadsheet in Canada’s capital. She wrote a regular column on politics and social affairs, wrote and edited editorials, and acquired and edited opinion pieces for the newspaper. She was the editorial pages editor, a masthead position, for two years before she left the newspaper in 2015. That year, she was a finalist for the National Newspaper Award in editorial writing.

Kate lives on the rural outskirts of Ottawa, Canada, with her partner, their son, and an elderly cat. She teaches journalism at Carleton University, and creative writing online for the Loft Literary Center, and works as a freelance editor.

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Permission is granted to use the below photos in press coverage or for promotional purposes. Credit for the studio shots (plain grey backdrop) is Elenora Luberto, JEMMAN Photography. All other shots can be credited to Kate Heartfield if credit is needed. All photos 2021.

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