Program

Program development for August 2016 is underway. Click here if you would like to join us as a presenter or have ideas for things you would like to see.

2016 Program In Development

Please have a look at our progress here. We update monthly. (Last updated: 2016-05-18) All items are considered tentative until the final schedule is released.

(Last year's on-line Program Book and Quick Guide are available.)

Master Classes

This year there are 5 Master Classes being presented by our guests of honour both before and after the festival. Please go to the Master Class registration page to see the descriptions.


2016 Festival Guests


Marty Chan

Marty Chan

Marty writes plays for adults and books for kids. A vagabond of writing genres, Marty has written stage plays, TV scripts, and Y/A novels. He’s written over 25 plays that have been produced around the world. His hit comedy Mom, Dad, I’m Living with a White Girl had productions across Canada as well as an Off Broadway production in 2004. His thriller, The Bone House, was a hit at the Edmonton Fringe and the Edinburgh Fringe Festivals. His popular Marty Chan Mystery series won over kids from across Canada as well as the City of Edmonton Book Prize in 2005 and a Diamond Willow Award in 2007. His Y/A steampunk fantasy series The Ehrich Weisz Chronicles is his first into this genre. The first book in the series, Demon Gate, was nominated for an Aurora Award as well as a High Plains Book Award. The third book in the series is expected to launch in 2017. Marty’s new fantasy series Keepers of the Vault hit bookstores in 2015. The second book, The Haunted Melody, will be released in the fall of 2016.

http://www.martychan.com/

Julie E. Czerneda

Julie E. Czerneda
Her first novel, A Thousand Words for Stranger, was published in 1997 to rave reviews, including being a finalist for the Campbell Best New Writer award. Since then, Canadian author/editor Julie E. Czerneda has continued to share her love and curiosity about living things through her science fiction, writing about shapechanging semi-immortals, terraformed worlds, salmon researchers, and the perils of power. Her novel, In the Company of Others won the Prix Aurora in 2001, as did her short story that same year, Left Foot on a Blind Man. Her fourteenth novel from DAW Books was her first fantasy, A Turn of Light, winner of the 2014 Aurora. Now a series, Night’s Edge, Book #2 was released in 2014, A Play of Shadow.
As a professional editor of fiction and non-fiction, Julie has fifteen SF/F anthologies in print, including the Tales from the Wonder Zone series, winner of the Golden Duck Award, and a Canadian Science Writers Association Award (for Polaris). Her first for DAW, Space Inc. won an Aurora Award as did Under Cover of Darkness, co-edited by Jana Paniccia. Her favourite win however remains the dozens of first-time sales to be found in her anthologies.
But her first story, begun in Thousand and grown into the Clan Chronicles, isn’t done quite yet. Julie’s in the midst of writing the finale trilogy, with This Gulf of Time and Stars, Book #1 of Reunification out in Nov 2015, to be followed by The Gate to Futures Past Sept 2016.

http://www.czerneda.com/

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

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

Eve Silver

Eve Silver
National bestselling author Eve Silver writes for both teens and adults. She has been praised for her “edgy, steamy, action-packed” books, darkly sexy heroes and take-charge heroines. In 2015 she won the OLA Forest of Reading White Pine Award. Her work was shortlisted for the Monica Hughes Award for Science Fiction and Fantasy (2014), and was both an American Bookseller’s Association Best Book for Children and a Canadian Children’s Book Centre Best Books for Kids and Teens (2013). She has garnered starred reviews from Publishers Weekly, Library Journal, and Quill and Quire, two RT Book Reviews Reviewers’ Choice Awards, Library Journal’s Best Genre Fiction Award, and she was nominated for the Romance Writers of America® RITA® Award. Eve lives with her husband, two sons, an energetic Airedale terrier and an exuberant border collie/shepherd. And a snake called Ragnar.

evesilver.net


Returning Festival Guests from Previous Years


Adrienne Kerr

Adrienne Kerr
Adrienne Kerr has more than 17 years of experience in book publishing with expertise in retail, sales, acquisitions and editing. Adrienne was named Editor of the Year in 2011 and Sales Rep of the Year in 2009 by the Canadian Booksellers Association. As Senior Editor at Penguin Random House Canada she acquired and edited twenty-three national bestsellers. Adrienne speaks at events such as the Surrey International Writers' Conference, When Words Collide festival for Readers and Writers, and the Ontario Writers' Conference. She also lectures on publishing topics at Ryerson University in Toronto, Canada. Adrienne recently left Penguin Random House Canada to form her own freelance editing company, www.adriennekerr.net.

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, 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.

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 2016


Confirmed Presenters / Panelists

Angela Ackerman

Angela Ackerman
Angela Ackerman is a writing coach, international speaker, and the co-author of several bestselling writing books, including The Emotion Thesaurus: A Writer's Guide to Character Expression. Her books have been translated in multiple languages, are sourced by universities, and used by novelists, screenwriters, editors and psychologists around the world. Angela is also the co-creator of the popular site, Writers Helping Writers, as well as One Stop For Writers, a powerhouse online library focused on helping writers elevate their storytelling. You can find her link-slinging on Twitter and showing off her latest Chocolate Boyfriend of the Week on Facebook.

Linda Aksomitis

Linda Aksomitis
Linda Aksomitis is an award winning, internationally published author. Her books have been released by traditional publishers in five countries, and she has self-published in print and e-book format. Her travel articles have appeared in a number of glossy magazines, websites and blogs. Linda has a masters degree in education and teaches three courses on various aspects of Internet publishing, including e-books, in community colleges around the world. She currently works as an Instructional Designer with Saskatchewan Polytechnic.
http://aksomitis.com

Rona Altrows

Rona Altrows
Rona Altrows is a fiction writer, essayist, and editor. She also writes plays and children’s stories. She is the author of two collections of short fiction, A Run on Hose and Key in Lock. With Naomi K. Lewis, she co-edited Shy: An Anthology. Her children’s story The River Throws a Tantrum was selected by Calgary’s mayor for his Nenshi Reads series: www.youtube.com/watch?v=mnwwYyd3TuQ. Altrows’s short stories, essays and 10-minute plays have been published in Canada and the United States in numerous print magazines and e-zines. She has been editing non-fiction and fiction manuscripts and stories since 1981.

Colleen Anderson

Colleen Anderson
Colleen Anderson has been twice nominated for the Aurora Award in poetry, and longlisted for the Stoker Award. She has also co-edited Tesseracts 17 (EDGE Publishing) and Playground of Lost Toys (EXILE Editions) which has been nominated for a 2016 Aurora Award. New or forthcoming works are in Clockwork Canada, Futuristica Vol 2, Digital Fiction, The Beauty of Death, The Future Fire and others. Currently she is working on an alternate history dark fiction novel and a poetry collection. www.colleenanderson.wordpress.com

Tim Armstrong

Tim Armstrong
Tim Armstrong is a career pilot with a special interest in the fringe areas of aviation. In addition to his own experience as a skydiver and pilot of bush planes, he eagerly seeks rides in less conventional flying machines. As Timothy Gwyn, he has published short stories with NewMyths.com and Antipodean SF. He has been offered a contract for his first novel, a YA SF adventure called Avians.

Diane Astle

Diane Astle
Dianne was once asked what kind of animal she would be, if she could be an animal. The person who asked the question was shocked when Dianne said she'd like to be a dragon. There are times in everyone's life when being able to fly high and breathe fire sound very appealing. However, if you can't be a dragon, or have a dragon as a pet, then the next best thing is to write books with dragons in them and get a dog. Dianne lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband Doug, his three cats and her beloved dog Thomas, who gets her out walking almost every day, which is the next best thing to flying on dragon wing.
Dianne is a minister in the United Church of Canada and the author of Ben the Dragonborn and Ben and the Watcher of Zargon.

Jayne Barnard

Jayne Barnard
Jayne Barnard’s award-winning short fiction draws inspiration from history, mystery, and fantastical tales like those of HG Wells. Her full-length mysteries been shortlisted for both the Unhanged Arthur in Canada and the Debut Dagger in the UK. Building on her theatrical and psychological training, she regularly presents craft and vocal workshops for new authors. Her new book is Maddie Hatter and the Deadly Diamond (Tyche Books, 2015), a Steampunk adventure for ages 12 to 92.

Ella Beaumont

Ella Beaumont
Ella Beaumont is the Acquisitions Editor at EDGE Science Fiction and Fantasy Publishing and is partly to blame for the company’s recent expansion into the terra incognita of e-book first publishing. She is also the founder of a weekly writing productivity group known as Write Club, which hosts quarterly writing marathons in Calgary’s downtown core. She claims that her motivation for creating Write Club was purely selfish as she discovered she was more productive in a room filled with the sound of clicking keys. Connect with Ella on twitter @edgeofspeech. For a list of upcoming EDGE titles go to www.edgewebsite.com.

Samantha Beiko

Samantha Beiko
Samantha Mary Beiko has been writing and drawing strange, fantastical things since before she can remember. She currently works in the Canadian publishing industry as a freelance editor, graphic designer, and consultant. Her first novel, a young adult fantasy set in rural Manitoba called The Lake and the Library, was nominated for the Manitoba Book Award for Best First Book, as well as the 2014 Aurora Award. Her next series, The Realms of Ancient, has been signed for a three book deal with ECW Press. The first book, The Scion of the Fox, will be out in Fall 2017. The sequels to follow are The Children of the Bloodlands and The Brilliant Dark.
Samantha currently resides in Winnipeg, Manitoba, and is the co-chair of the Winnipeg ChiSeries, a reading series that highlights Canadian speculative writers in various panels, readings, and workshops. She apologizes in advance if she suddenly ignores you when a dog walks by.

E.C. Bell

E.C. Bell
E.C. Bell (also known as Eileen Bell) is a writer from Edmonton. Her debut paranormal mystery, Seeing the Light (2014) won the BPAA award for Best Speculative Fiction Book of the Year, and was shortlisted for the Bony Blythe Award for Light Mystery. The second book in the series, Drowning in Amber, was released in 2015, and the third will be out in 2016. Her short fiction includes the Aurora Award winning fantasy anthologies Women of the Apocalypse and The Puzzle Box. In her spare time (!) she edits for On Spec, The Canadian Magazine of the Fantastic. (And it is!)

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. Please visit her webpage She lives near Balzac, Alberta with her husband and various critters. She is an animal rights advocate and works with and fosters rescue animals. Nancy is a member of The Writers Union of Canada and the Writers Guild of Alberta.
www.nancymbell.ca
You can find her on Facebook at facebook.com/NancyMBell
Follow on twitter: @emilypikkasso
canadianbookswelove.com/

Aviva Bel

Aviva Bel'Harold
Aviva Bel'Harold—author of Safe, Blood Matters and hot off the presses: Quista—has been making up stories all her life, she just never thought she could be an actual author what with her raging dyslexia and spelling malfunctions. But after writing her first novel Safe for her daughter, Aviva jumped into the world of self publishing with both feet and no parachute. From there she was picked up by Edge Science Fiction and Fantasy Publishing. Life is hectic for Aviva what with her kids, a pack of Dachshunds, and her reptiles. However, she happily finds time to put pen to paper.

Ev Bishop

Ev Bishop
Ev Bishop is a columnist with the Terrace Standard and her non-fiction appears in a variety of publications, but storytelling—across the genres—is her true love.
Some short story credits include: Not All Magic is Nice (Pulp Literature), The Picture Book and On the Wall (Every Day Fiction), Riddles (100 Stories for Queensland), My Mom is a Freak (Cleavage), HVS, Red Bird, and Wishful (Ether Books).
She has a growing number of independently published novels (Bigger Things, Wedding Bands, Hooked, Spoons, and One To Keep), and also writes as Toni Sheridan (The Present and Drummer Boy, White Rose Publishing).

Susan Bohnet

Susan Bohnet
Susan Bohnet holds an associates degree in arts and letters with a major in psychology from Ricks College and a bachelor of science in human resource development from Brigham Young University. She lives in Alberta with her husband, five children, and a cute (but rather naughty) Yorkshire terrier. For eighteen years, Susan has written a newspaper column called Family Frenzi, and two of her short stories have been published. She has three published novels: My Life as a Troll, a young adult urban fantasy, Mosaic, a contemporary young adult story, and Lethal Influence, a co-authored, adult science-fiction novel.

Rita Bozi

Rita Bozi
Rita is a Hungarian Canadian writer, performer, playwright and Three in One Consultant Facilitator. She is co-artistic director of Productive Obsession, a performance company that has presented work in Banff, Vancouver, Whitehorse, Iceland and Hungary. She wrote and starred in The Damage is Done with renowned author and speaker Dr. Gabor Maté. She has published fiction and creative non-fiction in The New Quarterly, Pages of Stories, Unlikely 2.0, WritingRaw.com and FFWD Weekly. In 2012 she won 3rd Prize in THIS Magazine’s Great Canadian Literary Hunt for Creative Non-Fiction. She is writing her first novel Uprising or (When I was Better) under the mentorship of Dennis Bock. www.ritabozi.com

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.

Brian Brennan

Brian Brennan
Brian Brennan has published 12 bestselling books of nonfiction since he left the Calgary Herald in 1999 to pursue a career as a freelance journalist specializing in biographies and popular history. His most recent titles include Brief Encounters: Conversations with Celebrities, and Rogues and Rebels: Unforgettable Characters from Canada's West. He has also written a book of memoirs, Leaving Dublin: Writing My Way from Ireland to Canada. During his 25 years as a staff writer with the Herald, Brennan became best known for his Tribute column, documenting the lives of recently deceased Albertans.

Maureen Bush

Maureen Bush
Maureen has published five children's novels: The Nexus Ring, Crow Boy, and The Veil Weavers, in the Veil of Magic series (Coteau Books), and Feather Brain and Cursed!, both Orca Young Readers. They've been shortlisted for numerous awards, including the Ontario Silver Birch and the Saskatchewan Diamond Willow.
Maureen loved writing as a child but had nothing to say, so she went on to other things – first a Bachelor's Degree in History and then a Masters Degree in Environmental Design, both from the University of Calgary. She worked as a public involvement consultant and trained as a mediator; then she discovered she liked writing even better. She has a Post-graduate Certificate of Creative Writing from Humber College.

Teresa van Bryce

Teresa van Bryce
Since the day she learned to write, Teresa has always had pen to paper. It started off with “Dear Diary“ and, through the years, evolved into poetry, songs, magazine articles, two blogs, and a women’s fiction/romance novel, House of the Blue Sea, released early this year. Teresa lives on twenty acres of Alberta prairie with her husband, three horses, two dogs, and three cats. Most winters you'll find her in the deserts of the southwest US, boondocking in a fifth-wheel trailer. Teresa has been published in a number of equine magazines and is a member of the Women’s Fiction Writers Association. www.teresavanbryce.com

Susan Calder

Susan Calder
Susan Calder is the author of Deadly Fall (TouchWood Editions), a murder mystery novel set in Calgary. Her short stories have won contests and appeared in magazines, journals and anthologies. She has completed two more novels and is trying her hand at memoir. Susan teaches fiction writing courses and workshops at the Alexandra Writers Centre Society and serves as the Writers Guild of Alberta liaison for When Words Collide. In her non-writing time, she loves hiking and travel.

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.

Swati Chavda

Swati Chavda
Swati Chavda is a neurosurgeon, burnout survivor, and co-author of Ignite: Beat Burnout & Rekindle your Inner Fire, and Pivot Phase: A Burnout Survival Guide. Her upcoming novels are a blend of epic fantasy, science fiction, and alternate history, peppered with humour, whimsy, and adventure. Her characters tend to seek answers to questions ranging from "Is there life after death?" to "Should there be life before breakfast?" She uses too many commas, too few coffee breaks—and there’s a constant battle waging in her head between British and American spelling. www.swatichavda.com.

GMB Chomichuk

GMB Chomichuk
GMB Chomichuk is an award-winning writer, illustrator and public speaker. His work has appeared in film, television, books, comics and graphic novels. Sometimes he writes and/or illustrates occult suspense stories like The Imagination Manifesto, Midnight City and Underworld, science fiction works like Raygun Gothic and Infinitum, or inspirational all-ages adventure stories like Cassie and Tonk and Rust and Water. He wants you to join the fight and make comics. Watch his creative process in the Kelly-Anne Riess documentary Artists By Night.
www.alchemicalpress.com

Dwayne Clayden

Dwayne Clayden
Dwayne Clayden is a writer of Crime Fiction whose first novel manuscript, Crisis Point, was a finalist for the 2015 Crime Writers of Canada Unhanged Arthur. His short story, Hell Hath No Fury, was published in AB Negative, an anthology of short stories from Alberta Crime Writers. Dwayne is a Paramedic with over 38 years in Emergency Services. A former police officer, Tactical Paramedic, and EMS Chief, he is an international speaker at EMS conferences and has published four textbooks for paramedics. Dwayne is a popular speaker in the Crime Writing community and provides police and medical procedures advice and editing to authors.

Victoria Curran

Victoria Curran
Victoria Curran is the senior editor of Heartwarming and Superromance, two of Harlequin’s longer romance series, both grounded in contemporary realism and populated with characters a reader can recognize and relate to. Actively acquiring for both, Heartwarming is clean (no sex in current story, limited cursing) and Supers runs the gamut from steamy to sweet. Particularly excited to contract Canadian authors!
Previous to joining Superromance in 2003 and launching Heartwarming in 2013, Victoria wrote and edited in the magazine industry for trade and consumer publications that include /Canadian Living/ and /Canadian Business/. She has a B.A. in English and Humanities from York University in Toronto, and a magazine publishing certificate from Ryerson University. See more at: http://www.soyouthinkyoucanwrite.com/editors

Graham J Darling

Graham J Darling
Dr Graham J Darling is a research chemist and past professor who designs new molecules with unusual properties, with a dozen patents and several dozen refereed publications on materials for microelectronics, photonics, printing and organic synthesis. As Graham J "GrayJay" Darling he has recently begun writing as fiction and has appeared in the anthology /Sword & Mythos/, edited by Silvia Moreno-Garcia and Paula R Stiles. As Doctor Carus, an alchemist of the year 1300, he demonstrates medieval science and technology to scholars of all ages.

Angelica Dawson

Angelica Dawson
As an environmental consultant, Angelica Dawson is no stranger to blood sucking hordes. Sadly, they are usually black flies and mosquitoes rather than vampires. She is the author of the Blue Moon House series, a vampire BDSM erotica series on Naughty Nights Press' top ten list for over six months, including: Blue Moon House, Kitten, Gentleman and Slave. She has also contributed to the first Serviced anthology and the third Campus Sexploits Anthology.

Ryah Deines

Ryah Deines
Ryah Deines works for Tyche Books where she has complete control over Tyche’s audio book line, including hiring the narrators, editing the raw audio, and getting the product ready for sale either on CD or through Audible.com. Ryah thinks the best thing in life is to be curled up on a couch with a good book to read, and a purring kitty on her lap. While this Aurora Award nominee gets many opportunities to do just that, it is just never enough to satisfy her voracious reading appetite.

Linda DeMeulemeester

Linda DeMeulemeester
Linda’s speculative short fiction has been published in zines, magazines and anthologies, most recently, Exile’s Dead North and Playground of Lost Toys. Her fantasy middle grade series Grim Hill has been translated into French, Spanish and Korean. Wandering Fox, an imprint of Heritage Books, is reissuing the bestselling series. The Secret of Grim Hill, first book and winner of the Silver Birch and the Canadian Toy Testing Best Books, launched in October 2015, and books two, three and four in the series launch in spring 2016.

Marcello Di Cintio

Marcello Di Cintio
Marcello Di Cintio is the author of three books, including Walls: Travels Along the Barricades which won the 2013 Shaugnessy Cohen Prize for Political Writing and the City of Calgary W.O. Mitchell Book Prize. Di Cintio's magazine writing can be found in publications such as The Walrus , Canadian Geographic, The International New York Times, Condé Nast Traveller and Afar. He is a former writer-in-residence with the Calgary Distinguished Writers Program, and a featured instructor at the 2015 Iceland Writers Workshop. His current book-project, Pay No Heed to the Rockets: Palestine in the Present Tense, will be published in 2017.

H Leighton Dickson

H Leighton Dickson
H. Leighton Dickson grew up in the Canadian Shield where her neighbours were wolves, moose, deer and lynx. She penciled for DC Comics while studying Zoology at the University of Guelph. Later, she worked in the Edinburgh Zoological Gardens, where she wrestled deaf tigers, was chased by lions and fed antibiotics to Polar Bears by baby bottle! A Hybrid author, Heather has a successful indie Scifi/Asian fantasy series on Amazon, along with the Gothic thriller, /COLD STONE & IVY/ published by Tyche Books. She also writes for /Bayview Magazine/ and is a photoshop wizard when it comes to book covers.
www.hleightondickson.com

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 14 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.

Dirty Bit Podcast

Dirty Bit Podcast
Dirty Bit Podcast is a free for all erotic story. Authors from all over the world submit their erotica to us for production. Some authors even choose to record the audio track. Advertising freely for artists, bands, and other independent projects helping to spread the word. Episodes are produced every other week and are available for download from itunes for free!/ Dbp/has developed quiet a following with listeners all over the world. Helping authors share their work and inspiring couples to spice up their life and keep the love alive. Dirty Bit is produced by a husband and wife team, local to Calgary Alberta Canada.
http://dirtybitpodcast.blogspot.ca/

Glenn Dixon

Glenn Dixon
Glenn Dixon is the author of the forthcoming book Juliet’s Answer (Simon and Schuster, January 2017). It will be his third book and covers his time in Italy as the lone male working amongst the legendary secretaries of Juliet. 10,000 letters a year are addressed to Juliet and Dixon spent two years there answering the English letters. Dixon’s second book Tripping the World Fantastic is about music around the world and was shortlisted for the W. O. Mitchell Award. His first book, Pilgrim in the Palace of Words, explored the languages of the world.

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.

Paul Duffau

Paul Duffau
Paul Duffau is the author of two contemporary coming-of-age novels, Finishing Kick and Trail of Second Chances, as well as several works of non-fiction related to his successful small business. He's currently expanding his repertoire to include contemporary fantasy based in the Emerald City of Seattle.
www.paulduffau.com

Claire Eamer

Claire Eamer
Claire Eamer is a BC-based science and, occasionally, fiction writer. She writes popular science articles for adults, as well as writing and editing major scientific reports for international science-based organizations. Since she is blessed with a powerful inner 10-year-old, she also writes books for kids - mostly about the science behind giant animals, weird foods, strange inventions, and the gross things that live inside you. Her next book, due out in September, is Inside Your Insides: A Guide to the Microbes That Call You Home (Kids Can Press).

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.

Elinor Florence

Elinor Florence
Elinor Florence is a career journalist who grew up on a Saskatchewan farm, worked for daily newspapers in all four Western provinces, and was a regular contributor to Reader’s Digest. Her historical novel Bird’s Eye View features a Saskatchewan farm girl who joins the air force in World War Two, travels to England, and becomes an interpreter of aerial photographs. Elinor also writes a popular blog called Wartime Wednesdays, telling the true stories of Canadians in wartime. Married with three grown daughters, she now lives in Invermere, B.C. Her passions are village life, old houses, and flea markets.

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.

CeceliaFrey

CeceliaFrey
Cecelia Frey is the author of six novels, three books of short fiction, and five collections of poetry. Her last novel, Moments of Joy, was published in the spring of 2015. She is a three-time recipient of the Writers Guild of Alberta Short Fiction Award and her 2009 novel, A Raw Mix of Carelessness and Longing, was shortlisted for that year’s WGA Fiction Award. Ms. Frey lives and works in Calgary.

Ron Friedman

Ron S. Friedman
RON FRIEDMAN’s short stories have appeared in Galaxy’s Edge (edited by Mike Resnick), Daily Science Fiction, Not Just Rockets and Robots, Age of Certainty, and received six Honorable Mentions in Writers of the Future Contest.
Ron Co-edited Enigma Front anthology, and he won the 2013 Aurora Awards – Fan Related category.
Ron appeared as a panelist / presenter at WWC, Calgary Comic & Entertainment Expo, Con-version, and VCON.
For more details, please visit Ron’s website: https://ronsfriedman.wordpress.com/

Jamie Friesen

Jamie Friesen
Jamie Friesen writes in several fiction genres, including horror, thriller and dystopian fiction, apocalyptic fiction and military science fiction, as well as satire/humor. His writing is heavily influenced by his experiences and education. He lives in Edmonton, Canada with his family, writing in his spare time.
www.jamiefriesen.com

Jack Giesen

Jack Giesen
Jack Giesen is a freelance artist and illustrator, as well as the co-owner of a single-author micropress most well known for the Starship’s Mage series. Jack’s body of work includes science fiction and fantasy book illustration and design, as well as highly realistic digital and traditional fine art depicting the magical elements of everyday life.

Laini Giles

Laini Giles
A native of Austin, Texas, Laini finished her first mystery novel with custom illustrations when she was eight. She put writing on hold when real life got in the way (she met and married her Canadian husband and headed north for maple goodies and real beer). She highly recommends moving to another country and not being able to work for finishing any novels you have lying around.
She has published two full-length historical novels. Her latest, The Forgotten Flapper, is a fictionalized biography of silent movie actress Olive Thomas. Laini and her husband live in Edmonton with their two cats.

Michael Gillett

Michael Gillett
I've been hobby writing for over a decade - keyword hobby as my alter ego (Michael Gillett - Business Programmer Analyst) still keeps me overly busy and living under a financially stable roof.
As part of my experience with IFWA, Calgary's SF writers group, I've work-shopped and been critiqued by writers I've always admired. One learns a lot when one sits with the big boys.
I have had a couple short stories published (one of which garnered an Aurora award nomination) and I've finished an urban fantasy novel (currently working on two sequels as well as a serial) and I have won and placed many times in the RHM Short Story competition… so I do try and make writing more than just a hobby. In fact, the idea of dropping the nine-to-five and becoming a 24*7 starving artist is not altogether unpleasant. If only I would submit more often. What's with that?
I am currently (for the last decade) the president of Calgary's SF writer's group IFWA, between 6o and 80 writers strong. Nothing like a Speculative Writers Group to put a wannabe in his place.

Steena Holmes

Steena Holmes
Steena Holmes is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the novels Saving Abby, The Word Game, Stillwater Rising, The Memory Child, Emma’s Secret, and Finding Emma. She currently has 27 titles available and has won the National Indie Excellence Award in 2012 for Finding Emma as well as the USA Book News Award for The Word Game. Steena lives in Calgary, Alberta, and continues to write stories that touch every parent’s heart. To find out more about her books and her love for traveling, you can visit her website at www.steenaholmes.com or follow her journeys over on www.steenatravels.com and on Instagram @steenaholmes.

Faye Reineberg Holt

Faye Reineberg Holt
A Calgarian and author of 12 books plus many stories and essays, Faye has also co-authored a travel book and edited a literary magazine plus three other books--including a biography for a self-publishing client. As well, she frequently offers feedback on manuscripts-in-progress. Happy to share her extensive experience in writing and publishing, she has facilitated many writing workshop and, currently, she teaches an online life writing course for Mount Royal University Continuing Education. She has blogged and rethought blogging and social media, but she is always serious about researching true stories from western Canada's past. In addition to being a long-time member of national, provincial and local writing groups, she has twice been a writer in residence. Invited as a reader and workshop instructor for all grades and ages at countless schools, libraries and community centres, she welcomes questions and comments both about her subjects and the writing process. www.wordsandhistory.ca

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.

Barb Howard

Barb Howard
Barb Howard is the author of the short story collection Western Taxidermy, the novella Notes for Monday, the novel Whipstock, and the YA novel The Dewpoint Show. She is co-editor of the anthology of military-related essays Embedded on The Home Front. Barb is a 4-time nominee at the Alberta Literary Awards and has won the Howard O'Hagan Award for Short Story and the CAA (Alberta Branch) Exporting Alberta Award. Barb was the 2013 Writer-in-Residence for the Calgary Public Library and is the 2015-2016 President of The Writers’ Guild of Alberta.

Axel Howerton

Axel Howerton
Axel Howerton is an accomplished poet, fiction author and hometown anti-hero. He is the Arthur Ellis Award-nominated author of the novel Hot Sinatra, and the short story collections Living Dead at Zigfreidt & Roy and Airborne Heroes in Chainmail Tights. His newest novel Furr will debut in 2017 from Tyche Books. Axel is the publisher/editor of the anthologies Death by Drive-In, Tall Tales of the Weird West, AB Negative and Black Hole Noir (debuting at WWC 2016). He is the Prairie Regions Director of the Crime Writers of Canada, and the organizer of the quarterly Calgary crime soiree #NoirBarYYC.

Shaun Hunter

Shaun Hunter
Shaun Hunter is the author of five biographies for young readers about the lives of celebrated women writers, artists and scientists, African-American Olympians and Canadian entrepreneurs. Her personal essays have appeared in literary magazines, anthologies and The Globe and Mail. In July 2015, Shaun launched Writing the City: Calgary Through the Eyes of Writers, a weekly blog series that explores the way writers have imagined the city in fiction, nonfiction and poetry. She leads occasional guided literary walks of Calgary, and has produced a literary history cabaret about Calgary’s East Village. Shaun has a master’s degree in Canadian Studies from Carleton University. She lives in Calgary, Alberta.

Jessica Jackson

Jessica Jackson
essica lives in Southern Alberta with her English husband and two cats. She’s been a member of the Alberta Romance Writers’ Association for over four years. She has twice been its president. Jessica says, “ARWA helps me maintain focus and I get ideas and learn craft skills. I participate in the Writing Challenge Groups which gives me feedback on my current projects.”
Jessica L. Jackson has published four novellas, eight novels of over 100,000 words each, and a collection of short stories as Jessica Lund. She enjoys writing in a variety of romance sub-genres. “There are no genres out there that cannot be turned into a romance. That is what I like best about writing them. The world, as they say, is our oyster. And the pearl is the romantic core.”
www.jessicaleolajackson.com

Danielle L. Jensen

Danielle L. Jensen
Danielle L. Jensen was born and raised in Calgary, Canada. At the insistence of the left side of her brain, she graduated from the University of Calgary with a bachelor’s degree in finance. But the right side of her brain has ever been mutinous, and it sent her back to school to complete an entirely impractical English literature degree at Mount Royal University. Much to her satisfaction, the right side shows no sign of relinquishing its domination.
Danielle L. Jensen is the USA Today bestselling author of The Malediction Trilogy: Stolen Songbird, Hidden Huntress, and the forthcoming Warrior Witch.
www.danielleljensen.com

Chris Jessop

Chris Jessop
Chris blends his love of science, dance, music and history into his fantasy writings. A member of IFWA in Calgary for 4 years and previously Toastmasters for 10 years, he has also dabbled with science fiction and poetry, and spends his days as an I.T. professional.

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.

Ethan Jones

Ethan Jones
Ethan Jones is the author of the wildly popular Justin Hall spy thriller series, featuring Canadian Intelligence Service special agents operating mostly in the Middle East. This series has nine books so far. The first four books in this series have reached the Amazon’s Top 10 Best Sellers lists. Ethan has also started a new spy series: Carrie Chronicles, which features Justin Hall’s partner, Carrie O’Connor, in solo adventures. The first two novels in this series, Priority Target and Codename: Makarov have already come out and more are expected to be released in 2017. He is also working on a romantic suspense series, featuring Jennifer Morgan, set in New York. The first book in this series, The Secret Affair, is already out and the second and the third will be published in fall and winter 2016. To learn more about Ethan’s current and future works visit his blog at ethanjonesbooks.wordpress.com. Ethan is a lawyer by trade, and he lives in Edmonton, Canada with his wife and son.

Sarah Kades

Sarah Kades
After more cubicle time and corporate paperwork than Sarah Kades ever imagined possible with an 'outdoor' job, she hung up her archaeology trowel and bid adieu to Traditional Knowledge facilitation to share her love and geek-on of the natural world and happily-ever-afters. Sarah writes romantic literary eco-fiction where nature, humour and love meet. She lives in Calgary, Canada with her family.

Kai

Kai
A half-mad, time-travelling, demon-hunting, half-Frost Giant with a geeky love for Shakespeare and Pokemon, Kai is known online as The Raggedy Author and can usually be found on Twitter, avoiding responsibility. She is an independent author, and currently writes whatever genre tickles her fancy. Kai is also in the middle of The Raggedy Author's Year of the Zombie, and more information about it can be found on her website. www.theraggedyauthor.com

Constantine Kaoukakis

Constantine Kaoukakis
Constantine’s interests include comic books (Marvel & DC), Sherlock Holmes, Star Trek, Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, Game of Thrones, Greek mythology, Doctor Who, British murder mysteries, British history, ancient history, and literature.
He has degrees in education, English and Classics, which have enabled him to teach Latin, ancient and modern Greek, ESL, English literature, ancient Greek and Roman literature at the high school, college and university levels: Concordia University (Montreal), Queen’s University and other minor colleges.
Not only is he a former member of the Bimetallic Question-the Sherlock Holmes Society of Montreal, but he also founded The Wisteria Lodgers-the Sherlock Holmes Society of Edmonton. Furthermore, he is an editor for OnSpec magazine and Sleuth magazine. This year, Constantine is also working in collaboration with the Telus World of Science Centre in Edmonton on the Sherlock Holmes exhibition.
sleuthmagazine.ca

Jean Kay

Jean Kay
Jean Kay, a prolific poet, from Delta, BC, has written a poem every morning for 18½ years. Her inspirational poems are in newsletters, anthologies, magazines, and sold as framed poems, bookmarks, prayer cards and as commissioned poems for birthdays, weddings, and other special occasions. Jean’s book, Morning Light, is available on Amazon along with her first of a series of Kindle e-books Christmas Poetry to Inspire. Jean is a professional member of Canadian Authors Association Vancouver, where she is treasurer, story contest coordinator and National Voices anthology layout/designer. Jean’s blog, YouTube videos and website can be accessed through www.poetrytoinspire.com

J.Y.T. Kennedy

J.Y.T. Kennedy
J. Y. T. Kennedy (Jennifer) is an eclectic writer and storyteller. Most of her published work falls somewhere in the speculative fiction category. Her stories have appeared in Neo Opsis and Edge's Danse Macabre anthology. She has published one fantasy novel, Dominion, and her current novel in progress is also a fantasy. She enjoys not just building worlds, but puzzling through the ways in which characters try to define their reality. She has a website at sites.google.com/site/jytkennedy

Dave Laderoute

Dave Laderoute
Dave Laderoute has been writing off-and-on since 1990, and has had several short stories appear in various small press publications. Most notably, he took second place in a science fiction writing contest sponsored by the Association of Computing Machinery, a consortium of major companies including Microsoft, Intel, Hewlett Packard, Apple and others. Dave has also written extensively for role-playing games, particularly The Legend of the Five Rings product line. Out of Time, coming in late 2013 from Five Rivers, is Dave's first novel-length publication. With another novel manuscript under serious consideration by a major publisher, though, and two more on the go, he doesn't intend it to be his last!

Kate Larking

Kate Larking
Kate Larking is the trade book buyer for an indie bookstore. Off hours, between binge-watching anime and leveling-up game characters, she writes speculative fiction for both YA and adult markets, as well as the comic Crash and Burn, found at www.cb-comic.com. She cofounded Anxiety Ink, a community of writers dealing with the stress and challenges of writing. She resides in Calgary, AB.

Lucas K. Law

Lucas K. Law
Lucas K. Law is a Malaysian-born freelance editor, published author, engineering consultant and business coach who divides his time and heart between Calgary and Qualicum Beach. He co-edited Strangers Among Us anthology (Laksa Media, August 2016) and The Sum of Us anthology (Fall 2017) with Susan Forest and Where The Stars Rise anthology with Derwin Mak (Fall 2017). He is the managing editor for Laksa Media Groups (laksamedia.com). He has been a jury member for a number of fiction competitions including Nebula, RITA and Golden Heart awards. More information at laksamedia.com

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.

Finn Lucullan

Finn Lucullan
Finn Lucullan is an agender creator and illustrator from Calgary, AB. They enjoy finding collaborative, multimedia projects and rubbing their queer little hands over every genre they can find. They are currently working on Crash and Burn, a queer space opera webcomic, found at http://www.cb-comic.com.

C.S. MacCath

C.S. MacCath
C.S. MacCath is a writer of fiction, non-fiction and poetry whose work has appeared in Strange Horizons, Clockwork Phoenix: Tales of Beauty and Strangeness, Mythic Delirium, Murky Depths and other publications. Her poetry has been nominated twice for the Rhysling Award, while her fiction has been nominated twice for the Pushcart Prize and shortlisted for the Washington Science Fiction Association Small Press Award.

Susan MacGregor

Susan MacGregor
Susan J. MacGregor is the author of The Tattooed Witch trilogy, published through Five Rivers Publishing. All three books, The Tattooed Witch, The Tattooed Seer, and The Tattooed Queen (forthcoming 2016) are historical fantasies set in a world reminiscent of 16th century Spain and the New World. Her non-fiction book, The ABC’s of How Not to Write Speculative Fiction is based on her 20+ years’ experience as a fiction editor with On Spec Magazine. She has edited two anthologies, Tesseracts Fifteen: A Case of Quite Curious Tales (Edge Books) and Divine Realms (Ravenstone Books). Her blog, Suzenyms, http:/suzenyms.blogspot.ca features many posts on the writing and editing process. Susan lives in Edmonton.

Arlene Marks

Arlene 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 (2013), No Pain, No Gaine (2015), The Accidental God (a 2015 nominee for the Leacock Medal for Humour), and The Genius Asylum (2016), the first of a series of sf novels set at the turn of the 25th century. She is currently working on a Hellmaw novel for Onder Librum (2018). www.thewritersnest.ca.

Clare C. Marshall

Clare C. Marshall
Clare C. Marshall grew up in rural Nova Scotia with very little television and dial-up internet, and yet, she turned out okay. She has a combined honours degree in journalism and psychology from the University of King’s College, and is a graduate from Humber College’s Creative Book Publishing Program. She is a full-time freelance editor, book designer, and web manager. She enjoys publishing books through her publishing imprint, Faery Ink Press. When she’s not writing, she enjoys playing the fiddle and making silly noises at cats. Website: http://faeryinkpress.com.

Shirlee Smith Matheson

Shirlee Smith Matheson
Tales of adventure and misadventure are featured Shirlee Smith Matheson's 20 adult nonfiction books and teen novels, as she meets, researches, and writes of characters living on the edge. Her most recent publications include, Lost: Unsolved Mysteries of Canadian Aviation; and young adult novels, Prairie Pictures and City Pictures. Historical novels Flying Ghosts and The Gambler's Daughter contrast with modern local settings in Fastback Beach and Jailbird Kid. She is currently Historian for Calgary International Airport.
www.ssmatheson.ca

Michael J Martineck

Michael J Martineck
Michael’s latest novel—The Milkman (EDGE Science Fiction and Fantasy), a murder mystery set in a world with no governments—won a gold medal from the Independent Publisher Book Awards. The novel was also a finalist in the Eric Hoffer awards, given each year for salient writing from small presses. His previous novel, Cinco de Mayo, was a finalist for an Alberta Reader’s Choice Award. He has written for DC Comics, several magazines (fiction and non-fiction) the Urban Green Man anthology and two urban fantasy novels for young readers. Michael has a degree in English and Economics, but has worked in advertising for several years. He lives with his wife and two children on Grand Island, NY.

Claire McCague

Claire McCague
Claire McCague is a writer, scientist, and musician who fabricates nanostructured materials by day and spins words into scripts and books as the stars rise. She works for the Laboratory for Alternative Energy Conversion and performs with the Sybaritic String Band. Her plays have been featured in festivals across Canada. The Rosetta Man is her first novel.

Randy McCharles

Randy McCharles
Randy McCharles is active in Calgary, Alberta's writing community with a focus on speculative fiction, usually of the wickedly humorous variety, with short stories and novellas available from Edge SF&F Publishing, House of Anansi, and Reality Skimming Press. He is the recipient of several Aurora Awards (Canada's most prestigious award for speculative fiction) and is short-listed in three categories for the upcoming 2014 Awards. In 2013, his short story Ghost-B-Gone Incorporated won the House of Anansi 7-day Ghost Story Contest. Randy's first Tyche Books publication, Much Ado About Macbeth, will be available in August 2015. www.RandyMcCharles.com.

Tod McCoy

Tod McCoy
Tod McCoy is a Seattle-based writer whose work has appeared in the anthologies The People’s Apocalypse and in Bronies: For the Love of Ponies, as well as on AntipodeanSF.com, Qarrtsiluni.com, and The Gloaming. He is a Clarion West graduate and the publisher behind Hydra House, a small press dedicated to West Coast speculative fiction, including the Faerie Tales from the White Forest series by Danika Dinsmore, Near+Far, a collection of short stories by Cat Rambo (which generated her a Nebula nomination), and Telling Tales, edited by Ellen Datlow, an anthology of work by Clarion West alumni.

Ryan McFadden

Ryan McFadden
Ryan T. McFadden is fantasy and horror writer. His novella Ghost in the Machine won the 2014 Aurora Award for Short Fiction. His first novel Cursed: Black Swan was published in 2015 through Dragon Moon Press. Additional fiction can be found in numerous collections published by Bundoran Press, Absolute Xpress, Edge SF&F, and Dragon Moon Press.
His motley past involved such dangerous work as database administration, ice cream flavouring (seriously, that's a thing), hockey league administration, screen printing, web design, furniture building, and home renovations. He lives in London with his two beautiful, but sometimes diabolical daughters

Melanie McFarlane

Melanie McFarlane
Melanie McFarlane is a passionate writer of other-wordly adventures, a little excitable, and a little quirky. Whether it’s uncovering the corruption of the future, or traveling to other worlds to save the universe, she jumps in with both hands on her keyboard. Though she can be found obsessing over zombies and orcs from time to time, Melanie has focused her powers on her YA debut There Once Were Stars (Month9Books, LLC), and her YA urban fantasy Summoner Rising (Month9Books, LLC).
Connect with Melanie:
Website: www.melaniemcfarlane.com
Twitter: @McFarlaneBooks www.twitter.com/mcfarlanebooks
Facebook: www.facebook.com/mcfarlanebooks
Goodreads Author Page: www.goodreads.com/melaniemcfarlane
Instagram: www.instagram.com/mcfarlanebooks
Wattpad: www.wattpad.com/mcfarlanebooks

Jodi McIsaac

Jodi McIsaac
Jodi McIsaac is the author of several novels, including the thriller A Cure for Madness, the contemporary fantasy Thin Veil Series, and the forthcoming historical fantasy Bury the Living. She grew up in New Brunswick, on Canada’s east coast. After abandoning her Olympic speed skating dream, she wrote speeches for a politician, volunteered in a refugee camp, waited tables in Belfast, earned a couple of university degrees, and started a boutique copywriting agency. She loves running, geek culture, and whiskey.

G.J.C. McKitrick

G.J.C. McKitrick
G.J.C. (Greg) McKitrick 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.

JP McLean

JP McLean
JP (Jo-Anne) McLean lives and writes on the coast of British Columbia, which is also featured largely in her work. She pens contemporary thrillers with a twist of fantasy. Reviewers call The Gift Legacy series, addictive, smart and fun. She and her husband share their Denman Island home with a Wheaten terrier cross named Molly. Jo-Anne is a certified SCUBA diver, who has called the USA, Mexico, and Canada home. When she’s not writing, you will find her digging in her garden, cooking a never-to-be repeated dish, or hiding out with a book.

D.C. Menard

D.C. Menard
D.C. Menard is the author of the Jayne Pheare series and the Crimson Badge series, both of which are available for purchase on Kindle or Kobo. Growing up she was always fascinated by the strange and fantastic. She spent her days lost in the worlds of her favorite authors. She currently lives in her hometown of Calgary Alberta and spends as much time as she can hanging out with her characters.

Joanne Morcom

Joanne Morcom
Joanne Morcom is the author of two poetry collections and the co-author of two poetry anthologies. She specializes in haiku and related forms, such as the five line tanka. She's a founding member of the Calgary based Magpie Haiku & Tanka Poets, a member of Haiku Canada, Tanka Canada and the Independent Publishers Association of Canada. She's also a social worker and a certified laughter yoga leader, which means that she laughs for no reason and teaches others to do the same. A poem of Joanne's recently placed first in the 2015 Alberta 55 Plus Creative Writing Games. Visit her at www.joannemorcom.ca.

Nina Munteanu

Nina Munteanu
Nina Munteanu is an award-winning Canadian ecologist and novelist. In addition to eight published novels, she has authored short stories, articles and non-fiction books, which have been translated into several languages throughout the world. She is currently an editor of European zine Europa SF and Eagle Publishing House and writes for Amazing Stories. Nina teaches writing at George Brown College and the University of Toronto. Her latest book is Water Is... a scientific study and personal journey as limnologist, mother, teacher and environmentalist. www.NinaMunteanu.me.

Alice Murray

Alice Murray
Alice Murray has worked for the same large multi-national company for the past 30 years pumping out the written word about all things nonfiction. She grew up and still lives by a small Alberta village on a multi-generational farm which is also the home of 150 animals, her husband, daughter, son-in-law and 4 beautiful grandsons. Alice holds a undergraduate degree in communication with distinction, and a certificate in mediation. She has a large personal library (its not called hoarding if it's books) and is working on her first novel. She has been an ARWA member for the past two years and is new to WWC.

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

Heather Osborne

Heather Osborne
Heather Osborne is a long-time member of the Imaginative Fiction Writers' association. She has her master's degree in Science Fiction Studies from the University of Liverpool, and she is working towards her doctorate of Creative Writing at the University of Calgary.

Cathy Ostlere

Cathy Ostlere
Cathy Ostlere’s first book, Lost: A Memoir was a finalist for the 2009 Edna Staebler Creative Non-fiction Award. The theatrical adaptation of Lost: A Memoir earned a nomination for a 2012 Governor General’s Literary Award for Drama. Her YA novel-in-verse, Karma, has garnered many awards and commendations throughout the U.S. and Canada including an Alberta Literary Award, a finalist for the W.O. Mitchel Award, and a 2012 Canadian Library Association Honour Book. She teaches creative writing to teens and is Past President of the Creative Nonfiction Collective Society. She is currently writing a novel set in Ukraine. Cathy lives in Calgary.

Martin Parnell

Martin Parnell
Martin Parnell loves science fiction and has all the Battlestar Galactica reimaged CD's, even The Plan. As a child he suffered from asthma and loved "painting by numbers" kits but he showed his rebellious side when he didn't follow the numbers to colours guide. He worked deep in the Canadian mines for many years and when he re-emerged he bought a bike and cycled across Africa. His passion is to help kids achieve their potential and change the world. He is married to his wonderful wife Sue, has three children and three grandchildren.

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.

Jude Pittman

Jude Pittman
Canadian romantic suspense and mystery author Jude Pittman is one half of the corporate team behind Books We Love Ltd. Books We Love is a Canadian publisher of genre fiction written by Canadian, American and International authors. We publish exciting, adventurous, entertaining and informative fiction telling readers the stories of today as well as the stories of yesterday and tomorrow, We write Books We Love to Write for Readers Who Love to Read. We strive to bring to our readers the best in genre fiction written by authors with years of experience and mastery of their craft.
bookswelove.net/authors/pittman-jude/

Michell Plested

Michell Plested
Michell (Mike) Plested is an author, editor, blogger, closet superhero (not to mention sock herder and cat wrangler), podcaster and publisher living in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.
Mike is the co-founder of Evil Alter Ego Press. An indie press focused on outstanding Young Adult fiction.
His debut novel, Mik Murdoch, Boy Superhero was shortlisted for the Prix Aurora Award for Best YA Novel and its sequel, Mik Murdoch: The Power Within was launched at When Words Collide 2014. He has since released, Scouts of the Apocalypse: Zombie Plague (2015) and the co-written novel, Jack Kane & the Statue of Liberty (2015).

Kirk Ramdath

Kirk Ramdath
Kirk Ramdath is a Calgary poet and publisher. He publishes Wax Poetry and Art and related projects, including Eleventh Transmission and Calgary Poetry Magazine. Kirk is the author of Love in a Handful of Dust, published by Frontenac House in 2011. Kirk has created space for hundreds of Canadian and international writers, poets, photographers, and artists, in print, online, and on stage.

Rebekah Raymond

Rebekah Raymond
By day Rebekah Raymond is simply Becca—Medical Claims Adjudicator, Academic Strategist, wife and mother of two. By night, she is Rebekah Raymond, Calgary writer of thriller/horror, romance, science fiction and fantasy. Rebekah is the author of the thriller Life’s Defeat (Oct 2015) and Life’s Hope (May 2016) with the third and fourth installments coming out in 2016/17. She attributes her wildly disconnected plots and vivid characters to automatic writing. She is a member of NaNoWriMo and the Alexandra Writers’ Centre Society. Learn more: rebekahraymond.com Twitter @RRaymondAuthor

Mahrie G Reid

Mahrie G Reid
Mahrie G. Reid grew up in small eastern towns. She read copiously and wrote her first novel at age eight. A minister’s daughter in the the fifties, she was encouraged to be a nurse, teacher or office worker so she’d have something to ‘fall back on’ if anything happened to her husband. She tried all three professions before becoming a Real Estate Appraiser, a newsletter editor, an adult educator, an office organization consultant, a library manager and a marriage commissioner, among other things. At all times she continued to write, read and study and teach novel writing skills.
Her published works include short stories, poems, trade articles,technical and research papers and newspaper features. Her mystery novels, Sheldon Harris Came Home Dead and Katya Binks Came Home from Away were published in 2014.

SherileReilly

SherileReilly
A former school teacher, Sherile writes about mischievous, but well-intentioned children, nosey neighbours and stressed heroines. She lives in sight of the Rocky Mountains with her husband, Ed. They have one grown son who loves to visit at supper time.
The final book in her Women’s Fiction trilogy, Bringing Jamie Home, is soon to be released. She’s written two middle grade readers, Spunky: Tapping into Trouble and Greg and the Barbarian.
Sherile also writes paranormal, historical romance and has published Lord of Darkness. The companion story for it can be read on her website at: www.SherileReilly.com.

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/

Tim Reynolds

Tim Reynolds
Tim Reynolds is a proud IFWit twistorian, bending and twisting history into fictional shapes for sheer entertainment. His published stories range from lighthearted fantasy to turn-on-the-damned-lights-now horror, and can be found in various anthologies around the world or all in his first collection, The Death of God & Other Stories. His first published novel, The Broken Shield, was an urban fantasy with pixies, Sasquatch, the Holy Grail, a smartphone app, and Lucifer himself. His latest novel, Waking Anastasia (Tyche Books), tells the story of a man who accidentally awakens the mischievous ghost of Anastasia Romanova. www.tgmreynolds.com

Rhea Rose

Rhea Rose
Rhea Rose of Vancouver has published many speculative fiction and poetry pieces in venues like /Evolve/, /Tesseracts 1, 2, 6, 9, 10, 17/, /On Spec/, /Talebones/, /Northwest Passages/, /Masked Mosaic/, and /Exile Editions’ Dead North/. She has received honourable mentions in the (2014,2010,2007) /Year’s Best Horror and Fantasy/ anthologies, appeared in /Christmas Forever/, twice made the preliminaries for the Nebula Award, and twice was an Aurora nomine. She is a teacher of creative writing, holds an MFA in creative writing from UBC, has edited poetry for Edge Press, and hosted the Vancouver Science Fiction and Fantasy (V-Con) writers’ workshops. Her most recent works include /Second Contact/, /Art Song Lab/, and three Indie novels, /The Final Catch: A Tarot Sorceress/ series, www.rheaerose.weebly.com (website), www.rhearose.com (blog), Twitter: @rheaerose1

Simon Rose

Simon Rose
Simon Rose is a Calgary author 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 copywriting services for the business community.
www.simon-rose.com

Nola Sarina

Nola Sarina
Nola Sarina is a paranormal romance, dark fantasy, and erotic romance from Alberta, Canada. She loves weaving romances that leave you breathless and challenge typical relationships with the most mind-blowing twists. Nola is also a blogger and activist, and has been published on HuffingtonPost's Queer Voices about transgender issues.

Jonas Saul

Jonas Saul
Jonas Saul is the author of over 25 novels and 50 short stories. Several times he has out-ranked Stephen King on the Top 100 Author rank on Amazon and has the pictures to prove it. He’s currently working with his agent in Hollywood as his Sarah Roberts Series has been optioned for a full-length feature film. Jonas has been writing for over two decades and lives in Kelowna, British Columbia.

Julie Sedivy

Julie Sedivy
Julie Sedivy has published essays in magazines such as Nautilus, Scientific American, and Discover. Her books include the popular science book Sold on Language: How Advertisers Talk to You and What This Says About You and Language in Mind, a non-boring undergraduate textbook. She is co-editing, with Rona Altrows, an anthology of essays on the theme of waiting, and is writing a book about language loss and reclamation using a blend of memoir and science writing. http://juliesedivy.com

Madelaine Shaw-Wong

Madelaine Shaw-Wong
Madelaine is the co-author of Cradling the Past, a Biography of Margaret Shaw. She was the winner of Freefall Magazine's Chapbook Contest in 2010 and has short stories published in Shy, an Anthology, Mused, Dark Gothic Resurrected, Toska Magazine and Copperfield Review. When not working on her current novel, she spends her time caring for her family, many pets and teaching creative writing at The Alexandra Writers Centre. madelainewong.com

Judith Silverthorne

Judith Silverthorne
Judith Silverthorne is a multiple-award winning Canadian author of more than a dozen books. Convictions, released in spring 2016, is her first Young Adult historical novel. She has many children's novels published, one of which has been translated into Japanese, plus two adult non-fiction biographies. Her first picture book, Honouring the Buffalo, published in 2015 is an international award winner. Originally published in English and Cree, as of May 2016, the book is now available as a French translation.
The love of nature, people and history inspire Judith Silverthorne’s writing and help shape many of her books. Saskatchewan-based, she travels the world acquiring knowledge of cultures and societies, exploring mysteries, experiencing significant events, and the everyday lives of people, which she weaves into her numerous stories.
Judith teaches writing classes, and has presented hundreds of readings and writing workshops at libraries, schools and other educational institutions, and given presentations at conferences. For more information about Judith, visit her website: www.judithsilverthorne.ca

A. David Singh

A. David Singh
A. David Singh is a neurosurgeon, motivational speaker, and historical fiction author. He has published Caesar: Escapades in Rome and Rubicon. In addition, he has coauthored Ignite: Beat Burnout & Rekindle your Inner Fire and Pivot Phase: A Burnout Survival Guide. His alternate history novel, The Rebel Centurion, is due for release in 2017. In his free time, David loves to cook, play with dogs, and develop strategies to market books efficiently in today’s rapidly evolving publishing industry. www.adavidsingh.com

Sharon Skretting

Sharon Skretting
Sharon Skretting is the author of The Ultimate Treasure Quest Series, The Wander Series of interactive journals, and the founder of Quest Teaching at www.questteaching.com. She resides in a small, Alberta town with her husband and Scat the cat. As a teacher, she’s been telling stories to inspire learning for twenty years.
When her three grown children flew the coop, it was time to pursue her passion for writing. Her fast paced, page-turning adventures are proving to be a hit with her readers! In addition to her novels and journals, she blogs on her Quest Teaching site as well as on the BAM Radio Network EdWords blog.

Victoria Smith

Victoria Smith
Victoria Smith (a.k.a. Girl Tries Life) has been a lifestyle blogger for over two years, helping her readers make the most of their limited travel opportunities, sharing tips learned about writing process and her musings on motherhood. In 2016 she published a non-fiction ebook, How To Take a Leave of Absence to Travel. She is currently working on a travel guide to a Scottish Island, the first book in her women’s fiction series and, of course, keeping the blog interesting and engaging for her readers.

Melanie Stanford

Melanie Stanford
Melanie Stanford writes romance and YA of different genres. Her first novel, SWAY, a modern-day retelling of Jane Austen’s PERSUASION, debuted December 29th, 2015 from Samhain Publishing. She has a second novel—a retelling of Elizabeth Gaskell’s NORTH AND SOUTH—coming December 2016. Her short story, BECOMING FANNY, was featured in the holiday romance anthology THEN COMES WINTER, which released from Meryton Press winter 2015. 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 outside Calgary, Alberta, Canada with her husband, four kids, and ridiculous amounts of snow. You can find her at melaniestanfordbooks.com, on Twitter @MelMStanford, and on Facebook @MelanieStanfordauthor.

Catherine Saykaly-Stevens

Catherine Saykaly-Stevens
Catherine Saykaly-Stevens is the creator of the online Social Media Quick Start, 5-Step Program, training non-fiction writers/authors, speakers, and podcasters to expedite their online reach and influence. A co-creator of EmergencyHashtags.com, she launched the online "Social Media and Transmedia for Writers" in March. In her spare time, she writes mystery and noir fiction, screenplays, and several transmedia projects. She is an active member of the Evolutionary Business Council (EBC), When Words Collide (WWC), and the Calgary Social Media Breakfast (SMByyc), and recently became Dean of Digital Media: Social Buzz Club.

Glynn Stewart

Glynn Stewart
Glynn Stewart is the independently published author of the Starship’s Mage and Castle Federation series. An accountant in another life, his business is writing and writing is his business.
These days, Glynn lives in Calgary with his wife and a small swarm of cats.

Dan St. Yves

Dan St. Yves
Dan St.Yves - Recovering newspaper humour columnist, currently covering roots, folk, blues and Americana music. Spoke at the 2015 National Society of Newspaper Columnists annual conference (Indianapolis) on Reinventing Yourself As A Writer. Aside from chatting regularly with inspiring and amazing musicians, my travels have put me across the table from actors, authors and other talented creatives. calgaryherald.com/author/danstyves

Amanda Sun

Amanda Sun
Amanda Sun is the author of The Paper Gods, a YA Fantasy series set in Japan and published by Harlequin Teen. The first two books, INK and RAIN, were Aurora Award nominees and Junior Library Guild selections. Her short fiction has also been published in the Aurora Award–nominated Tesseracts Fifteen and the literary journal Room Magazine. Her new YA Fantasy, HEIR TO THE SKY, contains monster hunters and floating continents. When not reading or writing, Sun is also an avid cosplayer. Find her on Twitter at @Amanda_Sun and get free Paper Gods novellas at AmandaSunBooks.com.

Patrick Swenson

Patrick Swenson
Patrick Swenson edited Talebones magazine for 14 years, and he still runs Fairwood Press, a book line, which began in 2000. A graduate of Clarion West, his first novel The Ultra Thin Man appeared from Tor in 2014. The sequel, The Ultra Big Sleep, is out this summer. He has sold stories to the anthology Like Water for Quarks, and magazines such as Marion Zimmer Bradley’s Fantasy Magazine, Figment, and others. He runs the Rainforest Writers Village retreat every spring at Lake Quinault, Washington. He is a high school teacher and lives in Bonney Lake, Washington with his fourteen-year-old son Orion.

Lou Sytsma

Lou W. Sytsma
Lou W. Sytsma is a lover of stories, especially ones where the seams the join reality and fantasy are indistinct. This love of stories was first sparked by the original Star Trek series. He recently took the writing plunge two years ago and writes Speculative Fiction covering SF, Horror, and Fantasy. He resides in St. Albert and is active in several Edmonton Writing Groups. He is currently plotting a horror novel and submitting short stories to Writers of the Future. www.louwritesstories.com

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.

Allan Weiss

Allan Weiss
Allan Weiss is the author of two short-story collections, Living Room (Boheme, 2001) and Making the Rounds (Edge, 2016), and has published a number of other stories—literary, science fiction, and fantasy—in various magazines and anthologies, including three volumes in the Tesseracts series. He is an Associate Professor of English and Humanities at York University in Toronto, and the Chair of the Academic Conference on Canadian Science Fiction and Fantasy. Among his scholarly publications are three collections of proceedings from that conference, most recently The Canadian Fantastic in Focus (McFarland, 2014).

Sharon Wildwind

Sharon Wildwind
Sharon Wildwind is a Calgary mystery author. In addition to doing all those writing, editing, and social media things with which writers fill their days, she spends an inordinate amount of time fighting gremlin voices that say all is for naught and she might as well give up now. She has no intention of giving up, and wants to share some of her gremlin-fighting techniques with other writers.

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.

S. G. Wong

S. G. Wong
SG Wong writes noir-tinged, alternate history novels and short stories—filled with ghosts and magic. Her debut novel, DIE ON YOUR FEET, was a finalist for a 2014 Arthur Ellis Award. She holds a B.A. (Honours) in English Literature. She is a member of the Writers’ Guild of Alberta, Crime Writers of Canada, and Sisters in Crime. She has been a panelist/moderator/presenter at: Edmonton & Calgary Comics and Entertainment Expos, PureSpec Science Fiction Festival, Words in 3D 2015 literary conference, Bloody Words XIII mystery convention, and When Words Collide. www.sgwong.com

P.D. Workman

P.D. Workman
P.D. Workman, author of the award winning Ruby, Between the Cracks and Tattooed Teardrops writes riveting young adult/suspense fiction about mental illness, addiction, and abuse. For as long as P.D. Workman can remember, the blank page has held an incredible allure. After a number of false starts, she finally wrote her first complete novel at the age of twelve, and has continued to write for three decades. In 2013, she started publishing them. In person, she is far less well-spoken than on the written page and as a strong introvert, plans to be a hermit when she grows up.

ZEDS

ZEDS
Founder of the CHEERS project and Creative Direction of ZEDS, Derek has assisted over 1,000 everyday people to perform on stage at comedy clubs, has presented hundreds of workshops across Canada and is the focal point in the CTV documentary The Heart of Laughter.
Eva’s comedy life started in 2000 when she took a stand-up comedy course offered by CHEERS. Eva began facilitating for CHEERS and then acquired the company on which her current business ZEDS is based. As Creative Literary Project Manager at ZEDS she oversees ventures from publication to performances. Someday they will work on their own jokes!
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