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 2016. Marty’s new fantasy series
Keepers of the Vault hits bookstores in September 2015.
Marty was the first playwright-in-residence at the Citadel Theatre
(Edmonton). He also served as the 2011 writer-in-residence at the
Edmonton Public Library. He continues to work and live in Edmonton
with his wife Michelle and their two cats, Buddy and Max.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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 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
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:
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 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.
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. He is the host of several podcasts including the writing
podcast, Get Published, (2009, 2011, 2013 and 2014 Parsec
Mike is the co-founder of Evil Alter Ego Press, an indie publisher
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. Five Rivers Press will release the third novel in the series,
Mik Murdoch: Crisis of Conscience in late 2016.
In 2011 he told a campfire story to his Scout Troop about Scouts and
Zombies. The story was well received and was released in 2015 as the
YA novel, Scouts of the Apocalypse: Zombie Plague. Evil Alter
Ego Publishing will release the next book in that trilogy in 2016.
His other new release in 2015 was a collaborative Steampunk work, Jack
Kane & the Statue of Liberty.
Mike is a regular of the Calgary Young Writers’ Conference as well as book stores around the city of Calgary.
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 and The Prince and the Puppet Affair, the first two installments of The Chandler Affairs, are available in paperback and e-book. Follow him on Facebook and Twitter @gwrenshaw
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
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 (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.
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.