Heather Knight Richard grew up near the banks of the Connecticut River in Western Massachusetts, quite literally in the family’s pizza shop. She held the requisite odd jobs -– waitress at a haunted inn, field hockey coach, glassblower -– before becoming a high school English teacher and now librarian. Heather quickly discovered the best way to teach writing is to write alongside the students, and she co-authored her first novel with her talented tenth grade class. Her historical novel in verse, FLY TO THE HILLS, is the story of a mill girl who works downstream from a faulty reservoir dam, and it recently earned Heather the SCBWI Student Writer Scholarship. She is currently working on MANY ORDINARY DAYS, a contemporary young adult novel set in Shelburne Falls, Massachusetts. Heather received an MFA in Writing for Children from Simmons College. She is a perpetual student of writing craft and recommends finding inspiration at SCBWI conferences, Highlights Foundation retreats, and her blog on writing craft. She lives and works in the same town where she once sold pizza, now as the parent of five young children (including two sets of twins!).