Now based in Roberts Creek, freelance writer/editor, blogger, writing instructor and coach, and communications consultant Heather Conn has freelanced for more than 50 publications including The Vancouver Sun, The Edmonton Journal, The Georgia Straight, Quill & Quire, BC BookWorld, The Vancouver Book.

In addition, she edited PeopleTalk magazine, Vancouver and worked as a Corporate Communcations Manager for BC Transit. She has co-written a short film Subway Duel (2004), funded by NFB and BC Arts Council, and written for the CBC children's TV show Hopscotch. She has taught at SFU at Harbour Centre, Selkirk College, Vancouver School Board, Kootenay School of Writing and Sunshine Coast Mental Health. Her photos have appeared in many publications.

A former columnist for Vancouver Parent magazine, Heather co-wrote the book Vancouver's Glory Years (Whitecap Books 2003) while working as corporate communications manager at BC Transit. It revisits 1890 to 1915 when state-of-the-art electric street cars and 'interurbans' helped 10,000 residents avoid the muddy streets.

Conn has also co-founded and co-facilitated a nature appreciation program for children called Oneness in the Wilderness.

Gracie's Got a Secret [See Press Release below] is the Heather Conn's first children's book with illustrator LILLIAN LAI of Vancouver. Lai works as an artist on social mobile games for Harmony Arcade and has worked in the animation industry on shows such as Rated A for Awesome. She has worked as a graphic artist and as a producer of short animation. Lillian has a certificate in 3D digital animation and a diploma in 2D commercial animation from Capilano University in North Vancouver.


CITY/TOWN: Roberts Creek and Vancouver, BC

DATE OF BIRTH: January 21, 1959

PLACE OF BIRTH: Vancouver, BC

ARRIVAL IN BRITISH COLUMBIA: 1977 (grew up in Toronto)

ANCESTRAL BACKGROUND: Scottish/Irish

EMPLOYMENT OTHER THAN WRITING: Magazine & Book Editor/Photographer/Writing Instructor

AWARDS: 1998 Writers Union of Canada Prose Contest; 1995 Federation of BC Writers Festival of the Arts Competition; 1985 Southam Communications Lighthouse Award

BOOKS:

Vancouver's Glory Years -- Public Transit 1890 - 1915 (Whitecap Books, 2003) --co-authored with Henry Ewert; foreword by Vancouver mayor Larry Campbell 1-55285-517-1

Gracie's Got a Secret (MW Books 2011). $9.95 978-0-9868776-0-5

[BCBW 2011]