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Faculty Spotlight: Heather L. Montgomery and Heather C. Morris

By Heather Phan

Please join us in welcoming Breezers Heather L. Montgomery and Heather C. Morris to this year’s Spring Mingle conference!


Heather L. Montgomery is an award-winning educator and the author of 17 nonfiction books that take an up close and personal look at the natural world and include titles like Who Gives a Poop? Surprising Science from One End to the Other, Bugs Don’t Hug: Six-Legged Parents and Their Kids, and Something Rotten: A Fresh Look at Roadkill. She lives in Alabama with her husband and four cats and has been described as the “female version of Bill Nye with the energy of Richard Simmons.” A longtime fan of the outdoors, Heather holds a B.S. in Biology and an M.S. in Environmental Education, and after developing and directing the McDowell Environmental Center, she now writes full-time and offers high-energy, hands-on educational programs for children and adults, teacher workshops, and professional development sessions.


“The more you learn, the less you fear.”

Heather L. Montgomery


Heather C. Morris has a background in biology and worked for NASA before becoming the author of both fiction and non-fiction works, including picture books, short stories, and novels.


Heather C. Morris writes books for kids full of science, wonder, and imagination. She is a member of SCBWI and the 12×12 picture book challenge community, and her short stories and poetry have appeared in multiple arts journals and anthologies.

Gnome Road Publishing


Heather’s children’s titles include Teddy the Tardigrade Travels to Space (Heather, you had us at “Tardigrade”! Water bears rule!), Top Brands: Disney, and Trunk Goes Thunk!, her picture book debut set to release in 2024. Her titles for adults include Hindsight: Untold Stories from 2020, Climate Crisis in America: Southeast, and Haunted States of America – Alabama. Heather lives in Alabama with her husband and three children, along with dogs, cats, hamsters, and sometimes horses…we bet that she occasionally sees spiders too.


Heather, call Heather if you see a spider. She used to be petrified of them, but now lets them crawl up her arm.


The Heathers will share their experience and expertise in this breakout session at the Spring Mingle 2023 conference:


Jump Start! How to Break Into the Write-for-Hire Market

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Interested in learning more about one or both Heathers, tardigrades, fossils, snake skins, or tree guts?


Visit Heather L. Montgomery’s website, find her on Twitter or Instagram, or hear her read an excerpt from one of her books here.


Visit Heather C. Morris’ website, visit her on Twitter, or catch her on Facebook.


Heather and Heather, thank you both so much for joining us at this year’s SCBWI Southern Breeze Spring Mingle Conference.


Want to see the Heathers but haven’t yet registered? Click here!