I am the author of three books: two critically acclaimed novels, MOONCALVES (Now or Never, 2019) and AUTONOMY (Dundurn, 2022), and INTO THE MIST: FINDING CF-JDO (Kestrel Publications, 2022), which explores a Canadian aviation tragedy in rural Saskatchewan. An experiment in digitality and polyphony, my digital fiction project I HAVE TO TELL YOU (0s&1s, 2014) was described as "lovely, liquid and accomplished" by the LA Review of Books. You can find my books on Goodreads, if you'd like.
I am a member of the Writers Union of Canada. I am a two-time recipient of the Ontario Arts Council Writer's Works in Progress Grant, The Writers' Trust Woodcock Grant, and the Ontario Arts Council Writers' Reserve. My writing has appeared in Hazlitt, Taddle Creek, EVENT, Joyland, This Magazine, The Puritan, The Trinity Review, The Toronto Quarterly, The Waterhouse Review, This Recording and The Hart House Review. I have served as a fiction editor and curator at Broken Pencil Magazine and facilitate writing seminars in the AWA method, most recently for the Toronto Writers Collective. I have served on literary jury panels for the Ontario Arts Council and the Writers Union of Canada.
As a panelist, interviewer and instructor, I have spoken at universities, libraries and festivals and conferences including Word on the Street Toronto, Fan Expo Canada, the International Festival of Authors in Toronto, Calgary Wordfest, and the Ontario Library Association. Please get in touch via the contact form below for speaking rates. My passion for storytelling underpins everything that I do. From the thrill of crafting a unique brand voice to bring them to the next level, to drafting a speech that will flow off the page for a client, I have spent fourteen years telling stories for prominent individuals and businesses in a variety of sectors including healthcare, education, finance and real estate; you can read my writing for The Motley Fool Canada and Yahoo Finance here. Seven years ago, I started helping clients tell stories one on one. Learn more about my ghostwriting services. I also provide one-on-one manuscript consultation services; if you are seeking to workshop short fiction, nonfiction or a novel-length manuscript, do get in touch.
My debut novel, Mooncalves, was published in 2019 to wide acclaim. Media outlets such as The Globe and Mail, the Toronto Star and the Vancouver Sun turned in positive reviews; the Globe and Mail called the book "A stunning debut," and the Vancouver Sun stated that, "If you are as impressed as this reviewer, [Mooncalves] is this generation's answer to Atwood. "The arrival of Hetherington’s unique narrative voice may announce the coming of a new genre." According to the Toronto Star, the book is " prickly and demanding, a bit feral; singular and absorbing." ( Toronto Star) and named alongside Netflix's Wild Wild Country and Claudia Dey's Heatbreakers as a timely cult narrative "filling a particular, and dark, societal need" (Quill and Quire). Read more reviews here.
You can watch me talk about the book with The Walrus and The Author's Book Club. The book was shortlisted for the 2020 Amazon Canada First Novel Award.
My second novel, AUTONOMY, was published Spring 2022 with Rare Machines/Dundurn Press. Described by Giller-winning author Michael Redhill as "a beautifully written and profoundly enthralling novel that made me wonder if Joan Didion had started writing literary fiction," the book was called "a remarkable work of fiction" in the Vancouver Sun; Liz Harmer, author of The Amateurs, said "Hetherington's vision is bleak, but their glittering prose gives even the most monstrous realities of late-capitalism an unsettling glimmer."
Noted critic Steven J. Beattie wrote that book is "a philosophical rumination on the nature of human agency in the guise of a dystopian narrative about technology and a global pandemic." From the Toronto Star: "Over punchy, effortless chapters Hetherington spins a delectably serpentine tale." The book has received additional praise in Quill and Quire, the Literary Review of Canada, and other venues.
Brought to life by voice actor Sierra Kline and OrangeSky Productions, Autonomy is available as an Audiobook on Audible.
I speak about Autonomy on CBC's The Next Chapter with Shelagh Rogers.
INTO THE MIST: FINDING CF-JDO
Equal parts tragedy and enduring, generational love, Into The Mist tells the true story of a Saskatchewan aviation mystery six decades in the making.
Watch me discuss the research process for the book with Jeff Rodstad for CTV Sakatoon.
Listen to me speak with John Gormley about the story, the writing process and Raymond Gran's service in World War II.
With Canadian aviation expert Dorrin Wallace, I discuss the book for CBC Regina.
Learn about the Into The Mist book launch in August 2022, which featured a panel of experts including historian, author and University of Saskatoon professor Bill Waiser OC and journalist and head of the Canadian Aviation Society Will Chabun.
The hardcover edition is now available with Kestrel Publications.
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