About Kate

About Kate
Kate Heartfield. Photo taken in 2022 by Robert de Wit.

Kate Heartfield is the author of several fantasy novels, including The Tapestry of Time (2024), about four clairvoyant sisters in WWII; The Valkyrie (2023), a retelling of old Norse and Germanic legends; and the Sunday Times bestseller The Embroidered Book (2022), about Marie Antoinette and her sister Maria Carolina. She has also written interactive fiction through Choice of Games, and Assassin’s Creed tie-in novels. Her fiction has been shortlisted for the World Fantasy, Nebula, Locus, Aurora, Sunburst and Crawford awards, as well as the Ottawa Book Award, and her journalism for a National Newspaper Award. Kate grew up in Manitoba and now lives in Ottawa.

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