03When Talia Heath isn’t writing for children, she is waiting upon the furred and feathered residents of her mountain-top farm, HeathHaven, where, due to the local popularity of their eggs, the ducks are demanding their own Facebook page. Her published work can be found in various children’s magazines including, Cobblestone Publishing’s science magazine, Odyssey.

Talia has a bachelor’s degree in writing and children’s literature from Portland State University where she studied privately under editor Michelle McCann. While in college, she worked in the children’s acquisitions department of Ooligan Press. She is a longtime member of the SCBWI and has furthered her education through writing conferences and the Institute of Children’s Literature. She has worked as a transcriber, editor, and proofreader for the medical industry, and she was the children’s book buyer in charge of the children’s and young adult sections of her local indie bookstore for several years. She is known by local parents and teachers for her knowledge and reviews of children’s books.

What People Are Saying

“Talia doesn’t deal in platitudes or feel-good validation. Her critiques dig deep. Some have sent me through all five stages of grieving, but once I come out the other end, my writing is the better for it.” ~Kurt Cyrus, Author and Illustrator

“It has been my privilege to know Talia as both a critique partner and writing mentor for the past five years. Talia’s keen eye for detail, her academic training, her professional experience as an editor and bookseller all come into play when she provides a critique.

Talia has nurtured my writing at every stage — from creation to acquisition. I have several books in publication through traditional publishers and Talia has had a hand in each of them.

I appreciate her expertise, her honesty and (shh! Don’t tell her) her sly sense of humor.” ~Stephanie Shaw, Author

“Talia has a talent for critiquing and editing. She was a great help to me with Creature Count: A Prehistoric Rhyme. It was published by Farrar, Straus, & Giroux. It also won the Barbara Karlin Grant given by SCBWI.”  ~Brenda Huante, Author

Talia's Writing

ODY0803.jpgPoop to the Rescue! (Odyssey, Cobblestone Publishing 2008)

Here is an excellent teaching guide to use with this issue of Odyssey.


Sanding Hurts(The Young Salvationist, 2003)

Slimy Pets (Crusader, 2002)

Manuscripts (Now Books!) Talia Has Critiqued

COMING SOON!              Shake a Leg, Egg! by Kurt Cyrus, Spring 2017

COMING SOON!              Moo La La by Stephanie Shaw, Simon & Schuster UK, 2017

COMING SOON!              Under the Sleepy Stars by Stephanie Shaw, Little Tiger 2015

The Legend of the Beaver’s Tail by Stephanie Shaw, Sleeping Bear Press, 2015



A Cookie for Santa by Stephanie Shaw, Sleeping Bear Press, 2014



Bedtime in the Meadow by Stephanie Shaw, Tiger Tales, 2013



Creature Count: A Prehistoric Rhyme
by Brenda Huante, Farrar, Straus, & Giroux, 2012