Heather Smith spent much of her early life wrestling with words. Not only was she a reluctant reader, she struggled with speech as well. Unable to pronounce certain words she became a walking thesaurus, anxiously swapping out words she wanted to say with words she could say. Although Heather’s relationship with words was rocky, the two were eventually able to get over their difficulties and have been on speaking terms ever since. Today, Heather wrestles with words in a different way – she’s a writer! Instead of dodging them, she grabs them tight with both hands and finds them a home on the page.
Originally from Newfoundland, Heather now lives in Waterloo, Ontario, with her husband and three children. Her east coast roots inspire much of her writing.
Her first novel, Baygirl (Orca Book Publishers 2013) , was described by Quill and Quire as “a balanced, well-written debut”. Baygirl received a nomination for the 2015 White Pine Award where it earned its place as an Honour Book.
Her second novel, The Agony of Bun O’Keefe (Penguin Random House Canada 2017 - Publisher's page), was described by Quill and Quire as “a book that should be read not only by teens, but by adults who might need a reminder of what unironic innocence looks like”.
Heather has two children’s books forthcoming: a middle grade verse novel called Ebb & Flow (Kids Can Press Spring 2018) and a picture book called Angus All Aglow (Orca Book Publishers Fall 2018).