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50 words (updated June 2019)

Kate Heartfield is the author of Armed in Her Fashion and the two Alice Payne novellas, as well as games and stories. Her work has been shortlisted for the Nebula, Locus, Crawford and Aurora awards, and the National Newspaper Awards. A former newspaper journalist, Kate lives in Ottawa, Canada.

100 words (updated June 2019)

Kate Heartfield is the author of the historical fantasy novel Armed in Her Fashion (ChiZine 2018) and the two Alice Payne time travel novellas (Tor.com Publishing 2018/2019). She also writes interactive fiction, including The Road to Canterbury, published by Choice of Games in 2018. Her fiction has been shortlisted for the Nebula, Locus, Aurora and Crawford awards, and her journalism for a National Newspaper Award. Her novella “The Course of True Love” was published by Abaddon Books in 2016. Her short fiction has appeared in Strange Horizons, Lackington’s, Escape Pod and elsewhere. A former journalist, Kate lives in Ottawa, Canada.

150 words (updated June 2019)

Kate Heartfield is the author of the historical fantasy novel Armed in Her Fashion (ChiZine 2018) and the two Alice Payne time travel novellas (Tor.com Publishing 2018/2019). She also writes interactive fiction, including The Road to Canterbury, published by Choice of Games in 2018. Her fiction has been shortlisted for the Nebula, Locus, Aurora and Crawford awards. Her novella “The Course of True Love” was published by Abaddon Books in 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 twice for the Sunburst Award. A former newspaper journalist, Kate lives in rural Ottawa, Canada. In 2015, she was a finalist for the National Newspaper Award in editorial writing. She teaches journalism at Carleton University, and creative writing online for the Loft Literary Center, and works as a freelance editor.

Long bio (400 words) (updated June 2019)

Kate Heartfield is an author, teacher and editor in Ottawa, Canada. Her first novel, the historical fantasy Armed in Her Fashion, was published by ChiZine Publications in 2018. It received a starred review from Publishers Weekly, was a finalist for the Crawford, Locus and Aurora 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 next Alice Payne book is Alice Payne Rides (Tor.com Publishing, March 2019). Alice Payne Arrives was also shortlisted for the Aurora Awards.

ChiZine will publish another historical fantasy novel by Kate, The Humours of Grub Street, in 2020.

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 twice 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, and 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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