Heather M. O'Connor

Heather M. O'Connor

Whitby, ON

Honourable mention in the 9th Annual Geist Literal Literary Postcard Story Contest (Commended, 2013)

Aurora Award (Long-listed, 2013)


Early chapter books, Non-fiction, Short stories, Teen Fiction (Hi-Lo) (Ages 12 and up), Young adult (YA) Fiction (Ages 12 and up)


Heather M. O’Connor is an award-winning writer, editor and author based in Whitby, Ontario.

Betting Game, Heather’s debut novel for teens, will be published by Orca Books in October 2015. This action-packed Orca Sports novel throws an elite soccer player into the murky world of illegal gambling. Want to view the book trailer?

Heather also writes short stories, fantasy, historical fiction and nonfiction for adults and children.

Always an avid reader, she first tried her hand at writing in 2002 when invited to write three children’s books for Nelson Canada. That’s when the writing bug really sank its teeth into her. Heather opened Merlin Writes, a freelance writing business, and started calling herself a writer. And a teacher. And an author.

Heather has just begun to research and write a historical fiction novel set in Ontario during the Second World War.

Her YA fantasy Twice a Ghost is in revisions. The characters introduced themselves to her during a neighbourhood walk. They’ve since become fast friends.

An enthusiastic speaker and teacher, Heather enjoys sharing her love of reading and writing with children, teens and adults. She is available to:

- visit your school, library or book club

- give readings

- speak or give workshops on a broad variety of writing topics