When Heather was a child, she wanted to keep a pony in her big-city backyard. When she was a teenager, she spent all her money on cowboy boots and trail rides. So when Heather heard about the Ojibwe Horses at Quetico Provincial Park, she flew to northwestern Ontario to meet them.
In Runs With the Stars, cowritten with Darcy Whitecrow and illustrated by Lenny Lischenko, O’Connor weaves the history of the wild-roaming Ojibwe horses together with the intergenerational story of an Ojibwe seven-year old. A moving children’s picture book, Runs With the Stars illustrates the loving bond between human and animals.
Heather M. O’Connor is an award-winning children’s author and freelance writer based in Peterborough, Ontario. Her first picture book, Fast Friends, illustrated by Claudia Dávila, was published by Scholastic Canada in 2020. It won the Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Award and was a finalist for the Bruce Spruce Award, the IODE Jean Throop Award, and the Shining Willow Award.
When Heather isn’t writing fiction, she writes kid-friendly news articles about superheroes, volcanoes, dinosaurs, and climate change for Currents4Kids and New4Youth.
Heather lives in Peterborough, Ontario, with her family and her dog, Pippin.
Heather is sponsored by Author Patron, Make Way For Me! Occupational Therapy For Children and Youth.