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Heather Camlot grew up in Montreal and was raised on Expos baseball and Canadiens hockey. Oddly, she wasn't a sporty child. She preferred to spend her time reading and drawing and dreaming.
Although she dabbled in fiction as a teenager, she went on to study communications at Concordia University and then journalism at New York University. She’s written for many publications across Canada and the United States, including Quill & Quire, Style at Home, Canadian Living, The Globe and Mail, Homemakers, TV Guide Canada and The New York Times.
After 15 years in journalism as a writer, editor and translator, she longed to get back to fiction. This need became even stronger after reading Okay for Now by Gary D. Schmidt, a novel that showed her she could write the kind of story she wanted to – and possibly get published!
She immersed herself in the Canadian children’s literature scene, working at Mabel’s Fables Bookstore and volunteering with the Canadian Society of Children’s Authors, Illustrators and Performers (CANSCAIP).
Her short story, The Boys of Summer, won the 17th Annual Writing for Children Competition held by CANSCAIP and The Writers’ Union of Canada. Clutch (Red Deer Press, 2017) her first novel, was inspired by her father’s childhood in Montreal and Jackie Robinson’s year of playing baseball in the city she still calls home.
Clutch was named a 2017 Best Book by Kirkus Reviews, has been nominated for the Ontario Library Association's 2018 Silver Birch Award and was runner up as Must-Read Montreal Fiction in the first NDG Reads - Battle of the Books by the NDG community of Montreal.
She lives in Toronto with her husband and two kids.