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A Few Reviews
Something Rotten
Read the
starred review from Kirkus

Bugs Don't Hug
Read the
Kirkus review

How Rude!
award-winning author Laura Purdie Salas


Igniting a Passion for Inquiry a Future Ready librarians podcast

Listen to thisHighlights Foundation interview for powerful writing exercises.

In this Public Radio Interview, Heather takes the reporter right to the roadside. 

On this Reading With Your Kids podcast, we talk about fact and fiction. 

Video of "Authoring Alabama": Why Heather writes about nature in AL.

Patricia Newman features Heather in a California Kids! Author Profile

A TV interview about  Wild Discoveries 


Get a glimpse into one of Heather's school visits by reading this article or this article written in the Shelby County Reporter. 

"A Talk on the Wild Side" A play-by-play article about one of Heather's school visits. By The Daily Times.

To learn about
Heather's presentations, watch this video. ​


"Simple Acts Save Lives" Read this Authors for Earthday post which could have been the last chapter of ​Something Rotten.

"Rules and Roadkill" A Nerdy Book Club post about becoming a writing rebel. 

"Nonfiction Authors Dig Deep" A post on Melissa Stewart's Celebrate Science blog about my inquiry approach. 

The "Nine-Year Journey" behind How Rude! a 32- page book. Read about it on Sheila Renfro's blog

The Path to Publication - get a glimpse and a few ideas about what it takes to get from first to last draft at Cathy Hall's blog


Want to Write for Kids?

Using big ideas on Elizabeth Dulemba's Blog.  

Writing about science on Sherri Rivers' Grog Blog. 

Learning from SCBWI in Claire Datnow's interview.

Writing a REAL book on Elizabeth Dulemba's Blog.

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​​Heather L. Montgomery                                                                                

Heather L. Montgomery                                                                                

​​Heather L. Montgomery                                                                                

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            I'm fascinated by bugs and rocks and roadkill, but I wasn't always...

          As a child, I climbed trees, caught crabs and played sports, but was petrified of spiders and

did not like getting dirty.  Now I let spiders crawl up my arm, paint my face with dirt and dig through scat (animal poop). Why am I now fascinated instead of freaked out? Knowledge. The more you learn, the less you fear.  

          My interest in nature led to a B.S. in Biology and a M.S. in Environmental Education. After

college, I developed and directed the McDowell Environmental Center. One of my favorite

things is to stand  knee-deep in a stream and catch bugs with kids. I still do that, when  I'm not writing,  speaking to students or leading teacher workshops.

        Now, I live in beautiful Alabama with my husband, a cat (shy Annie) and a dog (hyper Piper). During my free time, I climb trees, collect fossils, stand under waterfalls, nature journal,

explore the Sipsey Wilderness or lay in a hammock and read a good book!
         I owe much of my knowledge about publishing to the Society of Children's Book
Writers and Illustrators, particularly the Southern Breeze Region.  My middle grade nonfiction is represented by Rubin Pfeffer.