2017 Program

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2017 Festival Guests


Jennifer Estep

Jennifer Estep
Jennifer Estep is a New York Times, USA Today, and international bestselling author, prowling the streets of her imagination in search of her next fantasy idea. Jennifer writes the Elemental Assassin urban fantasy series. She is also the author of the Mythos Academy young adult urban fantasy series, the Black Blade young adult urban fantasy series, and the Bigtime paranormal romance series. She is the author of more than 25 books, along with numerous novellas and short stories. She is a member of Romance Writers of America and Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America. She is a two-time RITA nominee, and her books have been nominated for and won awards from RT Book Reviews. Jennifer's books have been featured in Cosmopolitan, Entertainment Weekly, Southern Living, and a variety of other publications. She has a bachelor's degree in English and journalism and a master's degree in professional communications. Prior to becoming a full-time writer, she worked at a daily newspaper. For more information on Jennifer and her books, visit her website at www.jenniferestep.com/ or follow her on Facebook, Goodreads, and Twitter.

Jennifer’s social media links:
Blog: http://www.jenniferestep.com/blog/
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/JenniferEstepAuthor
Twitter: @Jennifer_Estep
Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/580315.Jennifer_Estep

Will Ferguson

Will Ferguson
Will Ferguson's work has been published in 23 languages around the world. His novel 419 won the Scotiabank Giller Prize, and his most recent book, the travel memoir Road Trip Rwanda, was nominated for the Charles Taylor Prize. His humorous guidebook, How to be a Canadian, written with his brother Ian Ferguson, won the Booksellers Libris Award for Book of the Year.
He will be with us on Saturday only.

He has written for The New York Times, Esquire UK, Globe and Mail, Reader's Digest and Canadian Geographic Magazine. He also wrote a column for Maclean's, titled Will Ferguson's Canada for several years. A three-time winner of the Stephen Leacock Medal for Humour, Ferguson was awarded the Pierre Berton Award by Canad's National History Society. Born and raised in northern Alberta, he now lives in Calgary with his wife and two sons. In 2016, he received an honorary degree in English from Mount Royal University.

Website: http://willferguson.ca
Photo credit: Alex Feguson

Sam Hiyate

Sam Hiyate
Sam worked at the literary magazines Blood & Aphorisms and The Quarterly in the 90s. He ran the edgy micropublisher, Gutter Press, from 1993 to 2002, as publisher. He launched the literary division of The Lavin Agency in 2003, where he built a list of clients and did his first deals.

Sam’s projects for the agency have been in various categories, including memoir, literary and commercial fiction, narrative non-fiction and graphic novels. He’s looking for works of all categories with distinct and compelling voices. He loved to discover and help new writers prepare their works for the market, and to help them build a career with their talent.

Sam is actively speaking about creative writing, publishing and agenting. his newest project is donttalktomeaboutlove.com, a LitSite with writing and art about love.

Website: http://therightsfactory.com/agents/sam-hiyate/

Harold Johnson

Harold Johnson
Harold Johnson is the author of five novels and two works of non-fiction. Corvus was nominated for the 2016 Saskatchewan Book Award for Aboriginal Peoples' Writing, and his fourth novel, The Cast Stone, won the 2011 Saskatchewan Book Award for Fiction. He has served in the Canadian Navy, worked as a packsack miner and logger, and holds a Master of Law degree from Harvard University. He worked most recently as a Crown Prosecutor in La Ronge. He lives with his wife Joan at the north end of Montreal Lake where they continue the traditions of trapping and commercial fishing common to Johnson's Cree background.

C.C. Humphreys

C.C. Humphreys
As an actor Chris (C.C.) Humphreys has performed on stages from London’s West End to Hollywood. A playwright, fight choreographer and novelist, he has written ten adult novels including The French Executioner, runner-up for the CWA Steel Dagger for Thrillers; The Jack Absolute Trilogy; Vlad – The Last Confession; A Place Called Armageddon and Shakespeare’s Rebel – which he adapted for the stage and which premiered at Bard on the Beach, Vancouver, in 2015.

He also writes for young adults, with a trilogy called The Runestone Saga and The Hunt of the Unicorn. The sequel, The Hunt of the Dragon, is published in Fall 2016. His recent novel Plague won Canada's Arthur Ellis Award for Best Crime Novel in 2015. The sequel, Fire is a thriller set during the Great Fire, published Summer 2016. He is translated into thirteen languages. Last year he earned his Masters in Fine Arts (Creative Writing) from the University of British Columbia.

Website: http://cchumphreys.com

Guy Gavriel Kay

Guy Gavriel Kay
Guy Gavriel Kay has published thirteen novels which have been translated into 30 languages and have appeared on bestseller lists around the world. He is also the author of the poetry collection, Beyond This Dark House. His most recent work is Children of Earth and Sky, published in May 2016. Before beginning his career as a novelist, Kay was retained by the Estate of J.R.R. Tolkien to assist in the editorial construction of The Silmarillion, the first and best-known of the posthumously published Tolkien works.

Kay has twice won the Aurora Award, is a multiple World Fantasy Award nominee, and won that award in 2008 for Ysabel. He also won the Sunburst Award for Under Heaven, and is the recipient of the International Goliardos Prize for his contributions to the literature of the fantastic. In 2014 he was invested with the Order of Canada, the country's highest civilian honour.

Website: www.brightweavings.com
Photo credit: Samantha Kidd


Returning Festival Guests from Previous Years


Vanessa Cardui

Vanessa Cardui
Vanessa Cardui is an outlandish and daring musician with an alarming tendency to swing between the whimsical and the tragic. She boasts three full-length albums of original music, the most deliciously nerdy of which, Filk and Cookies, was released in 2014. Patience, her most ambitious recording project to date, is currently in production and features songs about Moby Dick, pirates, shellfish, sushi and the Devil. www.vanessacardui.ca

David B. Coe

David B. Coe
David B. Coe/D.B. Jackson is the award winning author of more than eighteen novels and many short stories. As David B. Coe (www.DavidBCoe.com) he has written the Crawford award-winning LonTobyn Chronicle, the Winds of the Forelands quintet, the Blood of the Southlands trilogy, and the novelization of Ridley Scott’s ROBIN HOOD, and will soon release, SPELL BLIND, the first volume of the Case Files of Justis Fearsson. The second book, HIS FATHER’S EYES, will be out next summer. Writing as D.B. Jackson (www.dbjackson-author.com), he is the author of the Thieftaker Chronicles — THIEFTAKER, THIEVES' QUARRY, A PLUNDER OF SOULS, and DEAD MAN'S REACH, which is also due out in summer 2015. David is part of the Magical Words group blog (magicalwords.net), and co-author of How To Write Magical Words: A Writer’s Companion. His books have been translated into more than a dozen languages.

Jacqueline Guest

Jacqueline Guest
International award winning author of seventeen novels, Jacqueline Guest has stood on an iceberg, flown a kite in a hurricane and worn bedroom slippers in Parliament all in the name of research. Topics for her fast paced books range from deadly video games to helpful ghosts and everything in between!

Mark Leslie Lefebvre

Mark Leslie Lefebvre
Mark Leslie Lefebvre’s passion for writing and love of reading led him to the book industry. He sold his first short story in 1992 was the same year Mark sold his first short story, and his most recent books (under the name Mark Leslie) include Haunted Hamilton and Spooky Sudbury, two non-fiction books on the paranormal published by Dundurn. A hybrid author, Mark self-published his first book One Hand Screaming, a collection of previously published short fiction, in 2004, back when no self-respecting author would even venture in that territory, and he continues to firmly embrace both indie and traditional publishing.
Mark is the Director of Self-Publishing & Author Relations at Kobo. Photo by John Robbie.

Ian Hamilton

Ian Hamilton

Ian Hamilton is the author of nine novels in the Ava Lee series. The books have been shortlisted for numerous prizes, including the Arthur Ellis Award, the Barry Award, and the Lambda Literary Prize, and are national bestsellers.
The Water Rat of Wanchai was the winner of the Arthur Ellis Award for Best First Novel and was named a best book of the year by Amazon.ca, the Toronto Star, and Quill & Quire. BBC Culture named Hamilton one of the ten mystery/crime writers from the last thirty years that should be on your bookshelf. The series is being adapted for television.

www.ianhamiltonbooks.com

Shirlee Smith Matheson

Shirlee Smith Matheson
Matheson's award-winning short stories, adult nonfiction books and teen novels, include: Lost: Unsolved Mysteries of Canadian Aviation; Amazing Flights & Flyers; and Maverick in the Sky. YA novels include Fastback Beach; Jailbird Kid; Prairie Pictures/City Pictures; Flying Ghosts/The Gambler's Daughter. Shirlee resides in Calgary. Website: www.ssmatheson.ca.

Robert Runté

Robert Runté
Dr. Robert Runté took early retirement as a professor at the UoL to become Senior Editor with Five Rivers Publishing and a freelance editor and writing coach at SFeditor.ca. As an academic, editor, reviewer, and organizer, Robert has been actively promoting Canadian SF for 35 years. In addition to writing dozens of conference papers, articles, book chapters, and entries in the Encyclopedia of Literature in Canada, he was a founding board member of SF Canada, NonCon and Context; co-editor of Tesseracts5 and editor of the NCF Guide to Canadian SF.
He has won three Aurora Awards for his promotion of Canadian SF, and two of the first novels by new authors he edited for Five Rivers were nominated for Auroras. He has edited books by Dave Duncan, Leslie Gadallah, Sally McBride, Susan MacGregor, Marie Powell, Mike Plested, Susan Bohnet, Hank Hargreaves, and non-fiction by John Poulsen, Nate Hendley, Patrick Lima, Colin Scheyen, among others. He is married, has two daughters, and writes and edits using a treadmill desk.

sfeditor.ca

Robert J Sawyer

Robert J Sawyer
Robert J. Sawyer is the bestselling author of Hugo-winner Hominids and Nebula-winner The Terminal Experiment, plus Starplex, Frameshift, Factoring Humanity, Calculating God, Humans, Rollback, and Wake, all of which were Hugo finalists. According to the Locus, he has won more awards for his novels than anyone else in the history of the SF&F field. He holds honorary doctorates from the University of Winnipeg and Laurentian University, and was one of the nine initial inductees into the Canadian SF&F Hall of Fame. The ABC TV series FlashForward was based on his Aurora Award-winning novel of the same name. Website: sfwriter.com.


Amazing Additional Presenters for 2017


Confirmed Presenters / Panelists

Brandy Ackerley

Brandy Ackerley
Brandy Ackerley is a creator of worlds with words; while primarily a fantasy writer of novel-length fiction, she also enjoys writing short stories and novelettes in a variety of genres. Her short story, Fated, received an honourable mention from the L. Ron Hubbard’s Writers of the Future contest. The first novel in her coming series, Kitsune-ken, will be released later this year. Brandy lives in Calgary, Alberta, with her husband, both of whom are owned by two cats. http://musingaboutthewords.blogspot.ca

Angela Ackerman

Angela Ackerman
ANGELA ACKERMAN is a writing coach, international speaker, and co-author of five bestselling resources including The Emotion Thesaurus: A Writer's Guide to Character Expression. A proud indie author, her books are available in six languages, are sourced by universities, and used by novelists, screenwriters, editors, and psychologists around the world. Angela is also the co-founder of the popular site, Writers Helping Writers ®, as well as One Stop For Writers ®, an innovative online library filled with unique tools to help writers elevate their storytelling.

Brent Anderson

Brent Anderson
Even though Brent wrote a book in a fit of pique, he does not consider himself an author. He hopes to pass of his first novel on readers sometime this year. It was what he considered lazy writing in apocalyptic movies and TV that drove him to suffer writing fiction. His lifetime experiences as an educator, a martial artist, and more recently a shooter colour his writing. The apocalypse is a bit of a personal obsession, but he is also interested in science fiction, fantasy, and the mixing of the two.

Timothy Gwyn

Timothy Gwyn
Tim Armstrong is a professional pilot and alternative aviation buff from Kenora, Ontario. He writes Sky-Fi (and occasionally more grounded forms of science fiction) under the pen name Timothy Gwyn. Tim has a book launch at WWC this year! Come to Five Rivers Presents in the Fireside room on Saturday to hear him read from Avians: Orphans. Runaways. Thieves. The Avians don't ask questions about a girl's past. Or her age. They need glider pilots, and the smaller the better.

Amanda Audit

Amanda Audit
Amanda Audit, author of the Children's books Life Advice from Donuts and My Family and Yours, and a professional early childhood caregiver.

Nancy M Bell

Nancy M Bell
Nancy M Bell has publishing credits in poetry, fiction and non-fiction. Nancy has presented at the Surrey International Writers Conference and the Writers Guild of Alberta Conference. She lives near Balzac, Alberta with her husband and various critters. She loves all animals and fosters and works with rescue animals. Nancy is a member of The Writers Union of Canada and the Writers Guild of Alberta. Her latest novel is His Brother's Bride which is part of a series celebrating Canada's 150th birthday. Each book in the series is written by a different Canadian author and every province and territory will be featured in separate titles.

Gerald
Brandt

Gerald Brandt
Gerald Brandt is a Science Fiction and Fantasy author. His first novel, The Courier, will be out in 2016 from DAW. By day, he’s an IT professional and coding guru. In his limited spare time, he enjoys riding his motorcycle, rock climbing, camping, and spending time with his family. He lives in Winnipeg with his wife Marnie, and his two sons Jared and Ryan. You can find Gerald online at http://www.geraldbrandt.com, on Facebook as GeraldBrandt, and on Twitter @geraldbrandt.

Bill Bunn

Bill Bunn
Bill Bunn is the author of four, soon to be five, books, several essays and articles. His next Young adult novel, Out on the Drink, will be out this year. He's published two other young adult novels: Kill Shot, 2015, and Duck Boy, 2012. His published essays were collected and published as Hymns of Home, 2013. In 2003, Moon Canoe, a children's picture book was published. Moon Canoe was translated into French and released as Canoë Lune (2005). He is currently writing two pages a day to generate the rough draft of his next novel.

Victoria Chatham

Victoria Chatham
Victoria Chatham is a young-at- heart senior who has written short stories, newspaper and magazine articles on a variety of subjects from beer festivals to jousting. She credits the economy rather than her submissions for the subsequent demise of several of those publications. Her particular passion is for historical fiction, especially Regency romance. She has no time for wimpy heroines so her novels have a strong element of adventure in them. She is a member of the Calgary Chapter of Romance Writers of America and Romance Writers of America. When not writing, Victoria relaxes by reading from a main menu of historical or contemporary romances with hefty sides of thrillers by various authors. She loves to travel and visits her family in England as often as she can.

Pam Clark

Pam Clark
Pam Clark's journey to writing Kalyna began with her family and visits to Edna-Star. Born in Edmonton, Alberta, Pam melded her love of history and storytelling into her career as an educator and was inspired to write the novel, Kalyna, as a celebration of the human spirit, the ability to forgive and the necessity to move forward in turbulent times. She lives in Calgary with her family.

Naomi Davis

Naomi Davis
Naomi Davis is a literary agent with Inklings Literary Agency. When she's not entertaining her spawn, she's immersed entirely in reading stories with characters who spring off the page, grip her by the heart and throat, and wring her emotionally dry. She loves a good bad guy, especially when he has a story to tell, too. Naomi is currently seeking YA and MG stories in fantasy, light sci-fi, and historical fantasy. She prefers high-stakes stories in wild, vivid settings, and is especially interested in kick-ass queer-positive worlds, and confident queer characters. Naomi’s alter-ego Nola is probably running around here somewhere too.

Angelica Dawson

Angelica Dawson
best selling Naughty Nights Press author, has been writing for several years and having sex a lot longer than that. Angelica is a wife, mother and environmental consultant. Her love of plants and the outdoors is not diminished by the bloodsucking hoards—mosquitoes and black flies, not vampires.

Craig DiLouie

Craig DiLouie
Craig DiLouie is a Bram Stoker Award- and Audie Award-nominated author of zombie, horror, sci-fi, fantasy and thriller fiction. He is the author of 15 books that have been published in all formats, in multiple languages, and through big press, small press, and independent publication. He is a member of the Horror Writers Association and International Thriller Writers, and lives in Calgary. Learn more about Craig at www.CraigDiLouie.com.

Joan Donaldson-Yarmey

Joan Donaldson-Yarmey
Joan Donaldson-Yarmey was born in New Westminster, B.C. and raised in Edmonton, Alberta. She has worked as a bartender, hotel maid, cashier, bank teller, bookkeeper, printing press operator, meat wrapper, gold prospector, warehouse shipper, house renovator and nursing attendant. Her writing career consists of historical and travel articles, and seven travel, four mystery, two science fiction, and two Canadian historical books published.
Joan loves change so has moved over thirty times in her life, living in various places throughout Alberta and B.C. She now resides on an acreage on Vancouver Island with her husband and three cats.

Adam Dreece

Adam Dreece
Indie author Adam Dreece is known for his fan-favorite YA series The Yellow Hoods and The Wizard Killer, and as a public speaker that entertains, inspires and informs. Since his debut YA novel in early 2014, Adam has published six books and been published in a charity anthology benefiting the SPCA. His first two books were finalists for book of the year awards in fantasy and young adult fiction. Once a software architect, Adam happily spends his days surrounded with imaginary actors bringing worlds to life. He lives in Calgary, Alberta with his wife and three kids. AdamDreece.com

Sandra Fitzpatrick

Sandra Fitzpatrick
Sandra Fitzpatrick is bilingual in financial and English. She's been helping artists, writers, actors and other Creative People with their taxes, both Cdn and US since 2006. Many have not known the deductions available as self-employed people and she does several seminars each year to bring this information and more on the basics of financial planning to them. New this year is "Financial Sh*t for Creative People."
She has been writing fantasy and science fiction for over ten years and is a long time member of IFWA. A collection of Whimsical Tales is coming out this fall under Lee F. Patrick.

Susan Forest

Susan Forest
Three-time Prix Aurora Award finalist and winner of The Galaxy Project, juried by Robert Silverberg, David Drake and Barry Malzberg, Susan Forest is a writer of science fiction, fantasy and horror, and a fiction editor for Edge Press. You can find her stories in Analog, Asimov's, OnSpec, Blood and Water, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Tesseracts, AE Science Fiction Review, and The Urban Green Man, or in her collection, Immunity to Strange Tales (Five Rivers Press). www.speculative-fiction.ca.

Ron Friedman

Ron Friedman
Ron Friedman is a Best Short Fiction finalist in the 2016 Aurora Awards–Canada premier Science-Fiction and Fantasy awards. Ron’s short stories have appeared in Galaxy’s Edge, Daily Science Fiction, and in other magazines and anthologies. Ron co-edited Enigma Front anthologies and he received seven Honorable Mentions in Writers of the Future Contest.
Ron, a member of IFWA, SFWA and SFCanada, presented at When Words Collide, Con-version, Calgary Comic & Entertainment Expo and VCON.
https://ronsfriedman.wordpress.com/

Sarah Kades Graham

Sarah Kades Graham
Sarah Kades Graham has a background in environmental management as an archaeologist and as a cultural translator between Indigenous communities and oil companies. She shares her geek-on of the natural world and social responsibility writing fast-paced romantic eco-fiction. She is also currently collaborating on her first non-fiction book, sharing the universal life lessons one homicide detective has learned from his career in law enforcement. She lives in Calgary, Alberta with her family and a lot of plants. www.sarahkades.com, www.unconventionalclassroom.ca

Jacqueline Guest

Jacqueline Guest
International award winning author of seventeen novels, Jacqueline Guest has stood on an iceberg, flown a kite in a hurricane and worn bedroom slippers in Parliament all in the name of research. Topics for her fast paced books range from deadly video games to helpful ghosts and everything in between!

Brian Hades

Brian Hades
Brian Hades started his professional life at the age of seven -- as a magician. Brian is now the head of EDGE Science Fiction and Fantasy Publishing, Canada's largest genre book publisher.
As head of EDGE, Hades is leading the Canadian campaign to add respectability to the often ghettoized genres of fantasy, science fiction, and horror. A quick glance of his releases this year--which include titles under Hades' three imprints: EDGE Science Fiction and Fantasy Publishing, Tesseract Books and Absolute XPress--shows that its international roster of authors tackles a wide variety of speculative fiction concerns.

Michelle Heumann

Michelle Heumann
Michelle Heumann is the Acquisitions Editor for EDGE Science Fiction and Fantasy Publishing, and a freelance copyeditor. She has a BA in English and history, and is currently working on an MA in Canadian history. She specializes in heavy copyediting for clients who intend to self-publish their fiction or who are preparing a manuscript for submission to publishers and agents. Her primary genres are science fiction, fantasy, and historical fiction, but she reads and edits in most genres. Michelle is a member of both the Calgary Association of Freelance Editors and the Canadian Historical Association, and supports the Oxford comma.
http://edgewebsite.com/
www.michelleedits.ca

Julie Hiner

Julie Hiner
I was born and raised in Calgary, AB (Canada). I still live in Calgary. I went to the University of Calgary, where I took Computer Science, and specialized in Network Simulation. I worked for a number of years as a full time IT professional before transitioning into contracting. I then started to travel more, between contracts. My biggest passion is road cycling. I write a blog about my cycling adventures, and just finished publishing a book. The book is a fundraising project, thus all proceeds will be donated. My love for writing (back from high school) has been re-ignited over the last couple of years!!! I love being outside. In addition to cycling, I love to hike, trail run, and go for long walks. I also love hot yoga. I love the mountains, but I also love the beach. You can find me at JustAGirlAndABike.com.

Linda Hopkins

Linda Hopkins
Linda K. Hopkins is the author of The Dragon Archives, a medieval fantasy romance series. She has self-published the first five books in the series, with the sixth being planned for the end of 2016.

Ronald J Hore

Ronald J Hore
After winning a Canadian Authors national contest, Ron connected with Champagne Books of Alberta to complete The Dark Lady fantasy trilogy, followed by The Queen's Pawn trilogy, and his fantasy detective series of eight novellas: The Housetrap Chronicles. His latest novel with Champagne is Alex in Wanderland. Ron recently signed with a second publisher, eTreasures Publishing of Florida with, We're Not in Kansas, a near-future thriller, followed by a what-if, Toltec trilogy. Ron, a member of several writing groups, reviews genre novels for an on-line magazine and sometimes escapes to his sailboat on Lake Winnipeg. Follow Ron at: www.ronaldhore.com and www.facebook.com/RonaldJHore

Sandra Hurst

Sandra Hurst
I was born in England and raised in northern Alberta, living for several years in the mountains around Wilmore Wilderness Park. Growing up in the north gave me a great love and respect for the wild lands and indigenous cultures which made its way into the worlds I create. A mythmaker at heart, I started writing poetry in middle school and graduated to epic fantasy. I now live in Calgary, Alberta with my husband and son, both of whom I love dearly, and have put for sale on e-bay when their behaviour demanded it.

Irma Janzen

Irma Janzen
Irma became an occupational therapist (O.T.) in 1995 and has worked in a number of settings, including hospitals, outpatient clinics, non-profit organizations and in the community as a private practitioner. Irma values the variety that having a private practice allows. The opportunity to meet new people, work in different environments, promote health and safety not to mention the challenge of identifying solutions to achieve corporate and individual goals - is extremely rewarding. When she's not trying to "save the world" with occupational therapy, Irma enjoys an active lifestyle and also has a creative side. She enjoys singing, drama and writing, and is even learning to draw. She recently wrote and illustrated her first book entitled, DIY Ergonomics: Live Pain Free & Save Money. Irma lives in Calgary with her wonderful husband, and her demanding cat. She loves spending time with them and the rest of her extended family and friends.

Rissa Johnson

Rissa Johnson
Rissa Johnson is a queer, left-handed, Jewish, dyslexic, insomniac who stays up all night wrestling with Dog. A technical editor, speculative fiction writer, and poet, she’s been published in Polar Borealis and StrongVerse. She previously received the City of Surrey Youth Recognition Award in Creative Contributions.

Miranda Krogstad

Miranda Krogstad
Miranda Krogstad's work ranges in topic from gender equality to mental health, promoting equal rights and giving life's obstacles a feel-good finish. She was a member of the 2014 slam team, a member of the 2013 International Spoken Word Program at the Banff Centre for Performing Arts, a recipient of a Canada Council for the Arts grant, and has co-founded the spoken word network YYSpeak to create a communal and supportive space for spoken word artists.

Halli Lilburn

Halli Lilburn
Born in Edmonton, AB, Halli Dee Lilburn teaches art journaling at local schools and through educational programs. She writes poetry, creative non-fiction and Young Adult fiction. She has work published in Canada's History, Canadian Stories, Poetry quarterly and other literary journals. Her novel SHIFTERS is published through Imajin Books.
She now resides in southern Alberta with her husband and three children and works at the local library. She is a gardener, artist, photographer, seamstress, genealogist, and singer. She can pick up spiders, handle the sight of blood, subdue aggressive dogs, make a mean grilled cheese, and keep her sanity. Most of the time.
She can be found at: hallililburn.blogspot.com
http://www.facebook.com/hlilburn
http://www.goodreads.com/user/show/4878963twitter@hallilburn

Blair Lindsay

Blair Lindsay
Blair Lindsay EMT-P, BHSc, MA is the Simulation Educator at the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology's Centre for Advanced Patient Care Simulation. Prior to his career in teaching, Blair spent twenty years working as a Firefighter/Paramedic with the City of Airdrie. Blair's first novel, Hunting the Dead, is a Civil War era horror novel that follows the ruthless and deadly Solenne as she hunts and destroys the undead creatures that slaughtered her tribe. Hunting the Dead and the sequel, Reaper, are available on Amazon. The third book in the trilogy, Armageddon Machine, will be available in 2017.

Erin Lindsey

Erin Lindsey
Erin Lindsey is the author of the Bloodbound series and the Nicolas Lenoir series (writing as E.L. Tettensor). Her latest, The Bloodforged, is a finalist for the RT Reviewers’ Choice award for Best Epic Fantasy of 2015. The third installment in the trilogy, The Bloodsworn, is due from Ace in September 2016. You can find her on the web at Erin-Lindsey.com or on Twitter @etettensor.

Shirlee Smith Matheson

Shirlee Smith Matheson
Matheson's award-winning short stories, adult nonfiction books and teen novels, include: Lost: Unsolved Mysteries of Canadian Aviation; Amazing Flights & Flyers; and Maverick in the Sky. YA novels include Fastback Beach; Jailbird Kid; Prairie Pictures/City Pictures; Flying Ghosts/The Gambler's Daughter. Shirlee resides in Calgary. Website: www.ssmatheson.ca.

Arlene Marks

Arlene F Marks
Born and raised in Toronto, Arlene F. Marks began writing at the age of 6, and she can't seem to stop. She is the author of two literacy programs for the classroom, as well as From First Word to Last: The Craft of Writing Popular Fiction, The Accidental God, and (from EDGE Publishing) Sic Transit Terra, a series of sf novels set at the turn of the 25 th century, including The Genius Asylum, The Otherness Factor, and The Relativity Bomb. Her first Hellmaw novel, Billy and Angie Go All the Way, is a January 2018 release from TEGG. www.thewritersnest.ca.

Randy McCharles

Randy McCharles (M)
Randy McCharles is a full-time author with a focus on humourous speculative and mystery fiction. He is the recipient of several Aurora Awards (Canada's most prestigious award for speculative fiction) and in 2013 his short story Ghost-B-Gone Incorporated won the House of Anansi 7-day Ghost Story Contest. Randy's most recent publications include the 2016 Aurora Award shortlisted novel Much Ado about Macbeth from Tyche Books and the short story Murder at the Mall from Coffin Hop Press. In addition to writing, Randy organizes various events including The Rocky Mountain Writers Retreat, A Taste of Local Authors, Writers in the House, and the award-winning When Words Collide Festival for Readers and Writers.
www.randymccharles.com

T.K. Boomer

T.K. Boomer
T.K. Boomer lives in Sherwood Park, Alberta, with his wife. In 2012 he began the awkward and painful transition between being a mainstream fiction writer and becoming a science fiction nerd. Remnants of his literary past can be read in his Novel, A Walk in the Thai Sun. The future will be revealed in the publication of Planet Song, the first book in his science fiction Fahr Trilogy, probably in mid 2016. Other aspects of the transition, like learning to play video games, becoming obsessed with Star Trek , and wearing costumes at SF conventions are proving to be more difficult.

Trevor Melanson

Trevor Melanson
Trevor Melanson is the author of the Terminal City Saga, a dark fantasy trilogy from EDGE. He also has a decade of experience as an editor at major magazines across Canada, including Vancouver magazine, Canadian Business and BCBusiness. He currently lives in Vancouver (a.k.a. Terminal City).

Joan Mettauer

Joan Mettauer
Joan was born and raised in Alberta's heartland. Her love affair with aviation was sparked at an early age, and she dedicated most of her working years to the flying business. Living in various Northern communities, including Lac La Ronge, Saskatchewan and Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, she travelled throughout Canada's Arctic. Her final years in the aviation industry were spent in Inuvik, N.W.T., from where she bid farewell to the North. She lives in Medicine Hat, Alberta, with her husband. Diamonds in an Arctic Sky is Joan's first novel, inspired by her experiences in the Arctic, and fueled by her imagination.

Billie Milholland

Billie Milholland
Billie grew up in a small town in the Frog subwatershed, five km from the North Saskatchewan River in Alberta. After a childhood of playing near the river in all seasons; hunting and fishing with her father and collecting arrowheads in farmers fields, Billie's destiny was sealed. She can't help telling stories rooted in a rural landscape. It's in her DNA. Today, she is the Communication Coordinator for a river watershed organization. Published in both fiction and non-fiction, Living in the Shed is Billie's most recent publication.

Joanne Morcom

J M
Joanne Morcom is a Calgary poet, self-publisher, social worker and laughter yoga leader. She specializes in writing haiku and related forms, such as the five line tanka. Her poems are widely published, and have been translated into Arabic, French, German, Japanese and Russian. She recently completed her third poetry collection, Last Year's Leaves, which contains both previously published and never before published haiku. Her next project is a tanka collection. Joanne's a founding member of the The Magpie Haiku & Tanka Poets, who have been getting together since 2001. www.joannemorcom.ca

Al Onia

Al Onia
Al Onia is a geophysicist living in Calgary, Canada. His debut novel Javenny was released by Bundoran Press in August 2014. His short fiction has appeared in Ares, AB Negative, Perihelion SF, On Spec, The Speculative Edge, Heroic Fantasy Quarterly, Spinetingler, Marion Zimmer Bradley and the anthologies Casserole Diplomacy, Body-Smith 401, North of Infinity and Warrior Wisewoman 3. Al is a two-time Aurora Award finalist in the short story category. His second novel, Transient City, is due out from Bundoran in August, 2016. http://ajonia.com

Rhonda Parrish

Rhonda Parrish
Rhonda Parrish is driven by a desire to do All The Things. She was the publisher and editor-in-chief of Niteblade Magazine for eight years, is an Assistant Editor at World Weaver Press and is the editor of several anthologies including, most recently, Sirens and C is for Chimera. In addition, Rhonda is a writer whose work has been in publications such as Tesseracts 17: Speculating Canada from Coast to Coast, Imaginarium: The Best Canadian Speculative Writing (2012 & 2015) and Mythic Delirium. www.rhondaparrish.com

Sherry Peters

Sherry Peters
Sherry Peters is a Certified Life Coach who works with writers at all stages of their writing career looking to increase their productivity through pushing past the self-doubt holding them back. Sherry graduated from the Odyssey Writing Workshop and earned her M.A. in Writing Popular Fiction from Seton Hill University. Her debut novel Mabel the Lovelorn Dwarf placed 1st in the 2014 Writer’s Digest Self-Published e-Book Awards in the YA cantegory. It has also been nominated for a 2015 Aurora Award. For more information on Sherry or her workshops, visit her website at sherrypeters.wordpress.com.

Katherine Prairie

Katherine Prairie
Katherine Prairie, a geologist and computer modelling specialist, stepped away from her career to follow her passion for writing. An avid traveller with an insatiable curiosity, you never know where you'll find her next! But most days, she's in Vancouver, Canada quietly plotting murder and mayhem under the watchful eye of a cat. She is an award-winning presenter and the author of the thriller THIRST.

G.W. Renshaw

G.W. Renshaw
G.W. Renshaw's short story Vacation appears in On Spec's Spring 2013 issue as well as the Starklight 3 anthology. His short story Hic Sunt Dracones and collection Odd Thoughts are available online. The Stable Vices Affair, The Prince and the Puppet Affair, and The Kalevala Affair, the first three books of The Chandler Affairs, are available in paperback and e-book. Follow him on Facebook and Twitter @gwrenshaw
http://gwrenshaw.ca/

Ariel Rodriguez

Ariel Rodriguez
Ariel was born in Lake Charles Louisiana. Yet for over 10 years she has lived in Omaha, Nebraska and she now calls Nebraska her home. Growing up she found a passion in singing and then acting. Ariel married her husband Rasheem in 2011. Their wedding ceremony date, became her due date, And then her daughter's birthday. When asked how did she become an author she always responds the same. So far she has written three books for the Legends of the Constellations Series. The first three books, exhibit the perspectives of influential, compelling the most powerful women.

Simon Rose

Simon Rose
Simon Rose is a Calgary author of ten novels and more than 80 nonfiction books for children and young adults. Simon offers programs for schools, covering the writing process, editing and revision, where ideas come from, character development, historical fiction, story structure, and the publishing world. He is an instructor for adults with the University of Calgary, Mount Royal University, and Chinook Learning Services and offers online workshops and courses for both children and adults. Simon also provides services for writers, including manuscript evaluation, editing, and coaching, plus copy writing services for the business community.

Nola Sarina

Nola Sarina (M)
Nola Sarina is a traditionally and self-published author of erotic romance, fantasy, and contemporary fiction. She loves to write dark, hidden worlds beneath the view of society, and erotic romance that will have readers screaming for more. She is also the co-author of The Core series with friend and fellow mini-dachshund junkie Emily Faith, and probably has other pen names scurrying around somewhere. Nola’s alter-ego is Naomi Davis the Literary Agent.

Jonas Saul

Jonas Saul
Jonas has been writing for over two decades and has 30 novels and over 50 short stories to his credit. At times, he has outranked Stephen King and Dean Koontz on the Top 100 Author chart on Amazon. Jonas has traveled extensively, researching locations for his novels. After three years in Greece, one year in Italy, and almost six months in Denmark and Hungary, Jonas offers rich cultural diversity to his novels. Currently, he's in Canada for one year, then back to Europe for more research and touring. His Sarah Roberts Series and the Jake Wood Series, are both optioned in Hollywood. He is available for speeches and presentations at conferences anywhere in the world. jonassaul.com

Casia Schreyer

Casia Schreyer
Casia Schreyer is from southeastern Manitoba. She is an independently published author with 4 novels, 2 novellas for middle grade readers, 2 picture books, and a collection of poems and short stories. While she prefers reading speculative fiction 2 of her novels are contemporary literary fiction for teens, both of which deal with current issues such as bullying, harassment, and forging your own path in a world of social media and conflicting stories. Her other 2 novels are the first books in a fantasy series and her novellas are sci-fi adventure. Casia is married and has two children.

Randy Schroeder

Randy Schroeder
Randy Schroeder is currently Associate Professor of General Education and English, Languages, and Culture at Mount Royal University. His scholarship has focussed on everything from Science Fiction to video game violence to Bhutanese democracy. His creative work, usually published under the synonym A.M. Arruin tends toward the genre-busting, but he is the first to admit that one needs to know a genre inside-out before one can bust it. When not writing or teaching, he works as a hand model and a parrot psychologist.

Victoria Smith

Victoria Smith
Victoria Smith is a social profit champion, blogger, writer, wife, momma, reality TV lover and podcaster. In short, she's busy. She loves learning new ways to share stories and life lessons and hopes that you'll join her on the journey. To check out Victoria's home base, go to www.girltrieslife.com

Melanie Stanford

Melanie Stanford
Melanie Stanford writes Romance and YA of different genres. She is the author of Sway, a retelling of Jane Austen//�s Persuasion, which was shortlisted for the Kobo Emerging Writer Prize, and the short story Becoming Fanny, featured in the anthology Then Comes Winter. She has another short story, The Beast of Pemberley, featured in The Darcy Monologues, coming May 2017. Her second novel, Collide, inspired by Elizabeth Gaskell//�s North & South, is coming soon. Melanie reads too much, plays music too loud, is sometimes dancing, and always daydreaming. She would also like her very own TARDIS, but only to travel to the past. She lives in Alberta, Canada with her husband and four kids. You can find her at melaniestanfordbooks.com, on Twitter @MelMStanford, and on Facebook @ MelanieStanfordauthor.

Del Suelo

Del Suelo
Del Suelo makes art combining writing and music. In 2016 he released a 10 chapter/10 song combination project titled I Am Free which he has toured across North America and Europe, and in the spring of 2017 was translated and released in Germany. Musically, he performs genre-bending, soul-driven tunes that serve as a soundtrack to the novels he writes. Like the writing, his music is rich in emotion, varying from playful to heart-wrenchingly serious, making it both entertaining and meaningful.

Det. Sweet

Det. Sweet
Det. Sweet is an active homicide detective with eighteen years on the job. He has a diploma in Criminology from Mount Royal College, has worked in general patrol, general investigations, the Drug Unit, the Organized Crime Section, as well as the Homicide Unit. He is currently collaborating on a book that shares some of the universal life lessons he has learned during his career in law enforcement.
www.unconventionalclassroom.ca

Harrison Szutu

Harrison Szutu
Ten year old Harrison, is avid reader and co-author of NINJA MICE OF WALL STREET. It took him and his dad 2 years to write this book. Harrison has always been a gifted reader. In grade 1, he was already reading at a grade 6 level. But Harrison's writing skills did not always match his reading abilities. The book project started as a way to encourage and motivate Harrison to develop his writing skills. It began with Harrison's wild imagination of writing short stories and scenes of mice who are ninjas. His dad guided his imagination in the context of history and real life events in the adult world. Little by little, the ideas and characters in this book came together. Eventually, there was enough material that Harrison and his dad pulled it together into a coherent book.

Hayden Trenholm

Hayden Trenholm
Hayden Trenholm’s stories have appeared in On Spec, TransVersions, Neo-Opsis, Challenging Destiny, Talebones, and on CBC radio. In 2008, he won the Canadian Science Fiction Aurora Award, Like Water in the Desert. He won a second Aurora in 2011 for his short story, The Burden of Fire. His first SF novel, Defining Diana, (Bundoran Press 2008) and sequel, Steel Whispers, (2009) were nominated for Aurora Awards. Stealing Home, (2010) and received an Aurora and a Sunburst Award nomination. He won the 2013 Aurora Award for editing the anthology, Blood and Water. He is the managing editor of Bundoran Press. And recently edited the anthology: Strange Bedfellows.

Patrick Weekes

Patrick Weekes
Patrick Weekes is the author of the Rogues of the Republic heist-caper fantasy series, Dragon Age: The Masked Empire, and the upcoming YA novel Feeder (coming later this year). By day, Patrick works as a video-game writer at BioWare, where he has worked on the Mass Effect trilogy as well as Dragon Age: Inquisition. He is currently the lead writer on the Dragon Age franchise. www.twitter.com/PatrickWeekes

Sandra Wickham

Sandra Wickham
Sandra Wickham lives in Vancouver, Canada with her husband, toddler son and two cats. Her friends call her a needle crafting aficionado, health guru and ninja-in-training. Sandra's short stories have appeared in Evolve, Vampires of the New Undead, Evolve, Vampires of the Future Undead, Chronicles of the Order, Crossed Genres magazine, LocoThology: Tales of Fantasy & Science Fiction, The Urban Green Man, Luna Station Quarterly and Sirens. She blogs about writing with the Inkpunks, slush reads for Lightspeed Magazine and promotes the Creative Ink Festival for writers, artists and readers. www.sandrawickham.com

Edward Willett

Edward Willett
Edward Willett (www.edwardwillett.com) is the author of more than 50 books of fiction and nonfiction for children, young adults, and adults, including the just-completed Shards of Excalibur YA fantasy series (Coteau); the Masks of Aygrima YA crossover fantasy trilogy, written as E.C. Blake (DAW); YA fantasy Flames of Nevyana (Rebelight); and adult science fiction novel Falcon’s Egg (Bundoran). The Cityborn, his eighth novel for DAW, will be out soon. Ed won a 2002 Saskatchewan Book Award for YA fantasy Spirit Singer (Tyche) and the 2009 Aurora Award for best long-form work in English for Marseguro (DAW). He lives in Regina with his wife, Margaret Anne Hodges, P.Eng., and teenage daughter, Alice.

Sheri-D Wilson

Sheri-D Wilson
Sheri-D Wilson is the award-winning author of eleven books, the creator of four short films, and has released three albums which combine music and poetry. She is known for her electric performance-style, making her a favorite of festivals around the world. She has read, performed & taught in festivals across Canada, USA, UK, France, Spain, Belgium, Mexico, and South Africa.
In her poems, Wilson uses personal narrative to address themes of social justice, lost languages, bullying, violence against women and the earth. Her tenth collection of poetry, Open Letter: Woman against Violence against Women; was short-listed for the Robert Kroetsch Poetry Book award.