At When Words Collide you will find presentations, discussions,
readings, and signings by each year's festivals guests and additional
attending experts in the literary arena: authors, editors, artists,
poets, playwrights, and others involved in creating the written
word. If you have ideas for topics you would like to see, please let
us know at: email@example.com.
The program for the When Words Collide 2014 is in the final stages
Angela Ackerman is a writing coach and co-author of the #1 bestselling resource, The Emotion Thesaurus: A Writer's Guide to Character Expression as well as the bestselling pair, The Positive Trait Thesaurus: A Writer's Guide to Character Attributes and The Negative Trait Thesaurus: A Writer's Guide to Character Flaws. You can find her at Writers Helping Writers, a hub for all things description.
Kelley Armstrong is the author of the Cainsville modern gothic series and the Age of Legends YA fantasy trilogy. Past works include Otherworld urban fantasy series, the Darkest Powers & Darkness Rising teen paranormal trilogies and the Nadia Stafford crime trilogy, She also co-writes the Blackwell Pages middle-grade fantasy trilogy as K.L. Armstrong with M.A. Marr. Armstrong lives in southwestern Ontario with her family.
Kelsey Attard is the managing editor of Freehand Books, the literary imprint of independent Canadian academic publisher Broadview Press. Freehand was awarded the 2014 Publisher of the Year Award at the Alberta Book Awards. Kelsey holds a Master of Publishing degree and was the Writers' Guild of Alberta's Calgary Teen Writing Mentor. She is currently on the executive board of the Book Publishers Association of Alberta.
Samantha Baldwin is the founder of
The Writer's Midwife where she runs inspiration-based writing
workshops and offers one on one writing coaching. She graduated from
Athabasca University at Mount Royal University with an English degree
in 2012 and has her poetry published in Freefall Magazine and Blue
Skies Poetry online.
Ella Beaumont is a freelance
substantive fiction editor and part-time writer. She has been editing
professionally for two years. Her largest and most consistent client
is EDGE Science Fiction and Fantasy Publishing. She specialises in
speculative fiction but has experience editing for young adult. Over
the past year, she has been running a weekly writing productivity
group known as Write Club that is open to all writers at all
levels. She claims that her motivation for organising Write Club is
purely selfish as she feels she writes better in a room filled with
the sound of clicking keys. firstname.lastname@example.org.
GREG BECHTEL'S occasionally prize-winning stories have appeared in several journals and anthologies, including The Fiddlehead, Prairie Fire, On Spec, Qwerty, and the Tesseractsanthologies of Canadian speculative fiction. Originally from Kitchener-Waterloo, Ontario, Greg has lived at various times in Toronto, Deep River, Jamaica, Ottawa, Quebec City, and Fredericton while working (among other things) as a lifeguard, technical writer, mover, visual basic programmer, camp counsellor, semiconductor laser labtech, cab driver, tutor, and teacher. Currently, he lives and writes in Edmonton, where he teaches English Literature and Creative Writing at the University of Alberta whenever they let him. Boundary Problems is his first book.
E.C.Bell (also known as Eileen Bell) has
had short fiction published in magazines and several anthologies,
including the double Aurora Award winning Women of the
Apocalypse and the Aurora winning Bourbon and Eggnog. Her
first novel, Seeing the Light, (Tyche Books) will be out in
November, 2014.When she’s not writing, she’s in Edmonton, Alberta,
living a fine life in her round house (that is in a perpetual state of
renovation) with her husband, her two dogs and her goldfish.
Ron Bender has worked as a consultant for
the Canadian and Provincial governments and the private sector, as an
international business consultant, business process trouble-shooter,
and marketing specialist. Currently, he is spearheading the
development of business process plans for one of Calgary's several
MAKER groups. Ron has thirty-seven years of RPG experience. He spent
the majority of that time running and designing games using the
customizable GURPS system while focusing on gaming as an interactive
storytelling forum. He planned, coordinated, and ran a character
driven RPG campaign for seven consecutive years. Using his RPG
storytelling experience as a framework, he has recently begun writing
novels and just completed the first book in a historical fantasy
Shawn L. Bird
Shawn L. Bird is a high school English teacher, Young Adult author, and poet
in the beautiful Shuswap region of BC. She maintains an active daily blog
of poetry and observations at www.shawnbird.com. She is represented by the
Susan Bohnet has an Associate Degree in
Arts and Letters with a major in psychology from Ricks College, and a
Bachelor of Science degree with a major 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. She
has written a newspaper column called Family Frenzi for 18 years and
has had two short stories published. My Life as a Troll is her
You can follow Susan through her website at www.susanbohnet.com, or
through her Facebook page at My Life as a Troll.
Before turning her attention to writing, Roxy tread the
boards as a performer, appearing in theaters across North America, TV
commercials, and movies. Look for her award-winning novel A STRANGER’S
TOUCH, and its sequel, along with a sweet, romantic comedy called CRAZY FOR
COWBOY and the heartwarming HOME FOR CHRISTMAS.
Susan Calder is the author of Deadly Fall (Touchwood Editions, 2011), a
murder mystery novel set in Calgary. Her second novel, a yet-to-be-published
sequel to Deadly Fall, is a finalist in The Sandy Writing Contest. Susan's
short stories have been published in magazines and won or placed in
contests, most recently the 2013 Glimmer Train Fiction Open. She teaches
novel and short story writing courses at the Alexandra Writers Centre
Society and is the Southern Alberta Representative for the Crime Writers of
Read more at www.susancalder.com.
Jeff R. Campbell
Jeff R. Campbell is a the co-editor
of the Gaslight anthologies (Gaslight Grimoire, Gaslight Grotesque &
Gaslight Arcanum) and has a number of short stories and radio dramas
published. His next project is the Professor Challenger: New Worlds,
Lost Places anthology co-edited with Charles Prepolec.
Billed as Canada's Queen of Comedy by the Toronto Sun (Jan. 5, 2014) Melodie Campbell achieved a personal best when Library Digest compared her to Janet Evanovich.
Melodie got her start writing stand-up. In 1999, she opened the Canadian Humour Conference. Her crime and fantasy novels have been described by industry reviewers as hilarious.
Winner of nine awards, Melodie is a two time finalist for both the Derringer and Arthur Ellis awards for crime writing. She has over 200 publications, 100 comedy credits, 40 short stories, and seven novels, including the Rowena Through the Wall fantasy series, and The Goddaughter mob caper series.
Tammy Lyn Carbol
Tammy Lyn Carbol, a proud member
of the Alberta Romance Writers' Association (and Past President) since
2000, lives, loves, and "glitter spins" in Calgary, Alberta. When not
writing paranormal or erotic romance, she can be found at Metro News
as Office Manager, teaching/performing as a belly dancer, or playing
with her 20-month-old son David. Encouraged by the members of ARWA and
their successes, she hopes to submit two novels this year for
publication. Her biggest joys are her family, glitter, and paying it
National bestseller, CJ Carmichael, has published over 35 novels. Her books have twice been nominated for a RITA Award and she has twice been nominated for a Career Achievement Award by RT Book Reviews. She likes to write stories about romance, family and intrigue, usually in small town or rural settings. When it’s time to take a break from the computer, she heads to the Rocky Mountains near her home in Calgary with her partner Michael, to hike, snowshoe or cross-country ski. If you’d like to learn more about her books, check out her website: cjcarmichael.com.
L. E. Carmichael never outgrew that
stage of childhood when nothing's more fun than amazing your friends
(and correcting your teachers!) with your stockpile of weird and
wonderful facts. Her sense of wonder came in handy during her career
as a scientist, and in 2006, she received the Governor General's Medal
for her PhD thesis. Lindsey finds talking about science more fun than
doing it, however, and now writes for kids, teens, and occasionally
Lindsey’s books cover everything from animal migration to hybrid
cars. Her 2013 release, Fox Talk: How Some Very Special Animals Helped
Scientists Understand Communication, won a silver medal in the IBPA
Benjamin Franklin Awards.
Marty writes plays for adults and books for kids. A vagabond of writing genres, Marty has written for theatre, television, radio, and kids publishing. Best known for his play, Mom, Dad, I'm Living with a White Girl, Marty has over 25 plays that have been produced around the world. He was nominated for a Gemini for his television pilot, The Orange Seed Myth, and he entertained CBC Radio listeners for six years with his Dim Sum Diaries commentaries. Today, kids enjoy his novels that include The Mystery of the Frozen Brains and Barnabas Bigfoot: A Close Shave. His latest novel, The Ehrich Weisz Chronicles: Demon Gate, is a steampunk fantasy for young adults. In 2011, Marty served as the Edmonton Public Library's writer-in-residence. For more information, go to www.martychan.com.
Dwayne Clayden is Paramedic with over
30 years in Emergency Services. A former police officer, Tactical
Paramedic, and EMS Chief, Dwayne has been involved in the training of
paramedics and tactical paramedics and an international conference
speaker for more than 20 years. Dwayne has published four textbooks
for paramedics. Dwayne is an Action/Thriller writer of police
procedurals. Blood and Guts (WWC 2013) was a follow -up to his 2012
When Words Collide presentation last year "Drugs as a Murder Weapon".
Brenda M. Collins is a recognized speaker and much quoted expert on business issues for writers, an award-winning technical writer, and has been published in numerous industry trade publications such as Writers Market. She writes cozy mysteries laced with magic and romance, including The Holly & The Ivy (A Frost Family Christmas-Book Three) and Witch in the Wind. All authors’ profits from the sale of her sweet romance anthology with Roxy Borough, Stories of Chance Romance , are donated to advance the treatment of breast cancer. Visit Brenda on Twitter, Facebook, and her Website.
Jessica has always devoured books and
has known since she was eight that she was destined to work with
them. This led to her reading her first romance novel, when she fell
in love with love and hasn't looked back. She has a degree in Creative
Writing and has written over ten novels herself. Her work is
represented by Natalie Lakosil of The Bradford Agency.
Jessica is thrilled to be editing for Samhain after a string of odd
jobs ranging from transcribing reports at an auction house to posing
as an art model. When she's not chained to her word processor, she
enjoys cooking and baking, reading and social activism.
Cheryl Cottreau is a “writer and a
poet and a mystic and a muse”. She published her first work Whisper
of a Vision in May 2013 and is working on two other books at this
time. She has been journaling since she first had her first “little
red book” when she was ten. She feels that journalling has been one
of her greatest tools in her path of self-discovery. She blogs
regularly on her website www.cherylcottreau.com.
Scottish born Diana Cranstoun has
made Calgary her home for the last 25 years. A past president of the
Alberta Romance Writers' Association (ARWA) she has had several short
stories broadcast on CBC Radio and two feature-length movie scripts
Naomi Davis is an agent with Inklings
Literary Agency, and has a background in writing, editing, and
customer service. Her alter-ego, Nola Sarina, is a published author
of dark fantasy, paranormal romance, and erotica. Naomi currently
represents a handful of select clients and is passionate about working
with authors to shape their voice and platform to their fullest potential.
In fiction, Naomi is interested in Romance of any variety including
Paranormal, fresh Urban Fantasy, general Fantasy, New Adult, and light
Sci-Fi, as well as upper Young Adult stories in those categories.
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.
Aspen lives in the Foothills of Alberta
with her husband, two of her four children, a dog, a lovebird and a
glaring of semi-feral cats.
One of Aspen’s earliest memories is writing a story for her little
brother in crayon on a favored picture book and earning a spanking as
her first critical review. Never deterred, Aspen continued to make up
stories, and hone her craft, until finally letting a few escape her
clutches in 2010.
Love ‘n Lies is Aspen’s first work in The Evermore
Chronicles, the concept for which was developed while she was
employed in the seniors’ medical field. Do paranormal beings also
suffer from medical problems? What happens to aging Vampires,
Wizards, Trolls and the like?
Craig DiLouie is the author of seven
novels published by small and big presses, with his latest horror
novel, SUFFER THE CHILDREN, published by Simon & Schuster. He blogs
about horror film and fiction at CraigDiLouie.com.
Minister Faust authored of acclaimed
novels The Alchemists of Kush, and the Kindred Award-winning
and Philip K. Dick runner-up Shrinking the Heroes (originally From
the Notebooks of Doctor Brain). His debut, The Coyote
Kings, was shortlisted for the Locus Best First Novel, Philip
K. Dick, and Compton-Crook awards. His work has been anthologised and
published widely, including in iO9 and The Globe & Mail. He taught at
Clarion West and Shared Worlds, and presented at SFRA Detroit, Georgia
Tech, and many other venues. A former national television host and
associate producer, Minister Faust also hosted and produced Canada's
longest-running African public affairs programme, Africentric Radio
for 21 years. He is currently finishing his War & Mir trilogy.
Makenzi Fisk grew up in a small town in
Northwestern Ontario. She spent much of her youth outdoors, surrounded
by the rugged landscape of the Canadian Shield.
Moving west, she became a police officer with experience in patrols,
covert operations, plainclothes investigation, communications and
forensic identification. Within the policing environment, she
transitioned to internet and graphic design. She now works for
In her novels, Makenzi draws on her knowledge of the outdoors,
policing and technology to create vivid worlds where crime, untamed
wilderness and intuition blend. Her novels' characters are competent
women who solve crime using skill and a little intuition.
Currently Makenzi resides in Calgary with her partner, their daughter,
and assorted furry companions. Her first novel, Just Intuition,
was published in 2014. She is hard at work on the second one,
Sandra Fitzpatrick has been
helping artists, writers, actors and other creative people with their
taxes 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. She
has been writing fantasy and science fiction for over ten years and is
a long time member of IFWA.
Jill has always loved writing and
reading. When she was little, she pretended she could fly and had
magickal powers. Unfortunately, she has many stitches to prove that
she didn't. But Paranormal and Urban Fantasy still fascinates her.
Although she is a cynic, she loves creating worlds where men are alpha and
have depth of emotion. She's only met a couple in the real world, so she
finds that she can encounter them more often in her imagination.
Jill is also the author of Twice Shy (a sweet BDSM Romance),
has a Kindle Worlds novella to be released later this month, and two
Paranormal/Urban Fantasy Releases slated for the latter half of 2014.
Two-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 S. FRIEDMAN’s short stories
appeared in Daily Science Fiction, Not Just Rockets And Robots, Age Of
Certainty, sold to Galaxy’s Edge and received Honourable Mentions in
Writers of the Future Contest (2011, 2013, and 2014).
Ron was winner of the 2013 Aurora Awards – Fan Related category, and
appeared as a panelist at When Words Collide, Con-version and Calgary
Ron is on the board of directors of the Canadian Science-Fiction and
Fantasy Association and When Words Collide festival, and he is an
active IFWA member.
Margarita Gakis loves the art, creativity and romanticism of storytelling. Sometimes, however, the actual act of putting pen to paper, or keys to keyboard, proves challenging. She develops genuine, relatable characters who grow in the hearts of her readers. From that foundation, the stories flourish into a warm friend. She believes there is a place for both logic and imagination to work together. When they do, the results are magical. She has two Urban Fantasy novels out with a third in the works. You can find her on twitter (@margaritagakis) and her blog (www.margaritagakis.com)
Barbara Galler-Smith lives in
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. She's an award winner short story writer,
a long-time member of Edmonton's largest speculative fiction writers
group and co-founder of a group for emerging speculative fiction
writers. She's also a Fiction Editor with On Spec: The Canadian
Magazine of the Fantastic. Along with US writer Josh Langston, she's
the author of an historical fantasy epic trilogy, "The Druids
Saga"--Druids (2009), Captives (2011), Warriors
(2013), and a contemporary romantic comedic fantasy. She has also
committed Costuming at the World Science Fiction Convention Masquerade
and won ribbons. www.gallersmith.ca.
Barbara was born and raised in northern Alberta. She started slashing her characters before she even knew what slash was. She started writing as Angela Fiddler with her Master of the Lines series, which was for a darling friend who requested a birthday present involving hot, gay, kinky vampires and is now dabbing in a connected universe. The Tempest series, starting with Coral Were his Bones, exists in the same universe as Changeling.
When she's not following the exploits of selkies, sex demons and vampires, she writes epic fantasy and makes the occasional foray into science fiction and short stories.
Chadwick Ginther is the Prix Aurora
nominated author of Thunder Road and Tombstone Blues
(Ravenstone Books), the first two books in a fantasy trilogy in which
the larger-than-life personalities and monsters of Norse mythology
lurk hidden in Manitoba. His short fiction has appeared recently in
On Spec, Tesseracts 16: Parnassus Unbound and
Fungi. Alongside fellow Manitoba author Samantha Beiko (The
Lake and the Library), Chadwick co-chairs and hosts the Winnipeg
Chiaroscuro Reading Series, a series devoted to bringing quarterly
readings from Canadian speculative fiction authors. Chadwick lives and
writes in Winnipeg.
Kimberly Gould hates being called Kimmy, but her mother
called her Kimmydonn and that was okay. She lives in Edmonton with her
husband and daughter. When she isn't writing about the
post-apocalyptic world, she is doing her best to prevent an apocalypse
as an environmental consultant. She is the author of the Cargon series
as well as Thickness of Blood and Never Say Die: A Zombie
Time Loop Story. You can find her anywhere online as Kimmydonn,
including her website, Kimmydonn.com.
Ilonka Halsband lives in Moose Jaw,
SK, where she serves on the Board of the Saskatchewan Festival of
Words. When not chronicling her retired RCMP husband’s wacky antics,
Ilonka collects uncommon methods of murder which she incorporates into
her mystery novels. In 2013 her novel, The Raffle Baby, was one
of three short-listed for Crime Writers of Canada’s "Unhanged Arthur"
Award. Her short stories and essays have appeared in a variety of
regional publications. She is a member of the Saskatchewan Writers
Guild and Crime Writers of Canada.
Kaleen Harding has been writing for the past six years. In April 2012 she found a passion for editing and worked for Entangled Publishing until Nov 2013. She's a Registered Nurse by day, and has now gone back to the writing bat-cave at night. Kaleen resides in Lethbridge, Alberta with her husband and son. Romance, especially paranormal, is her favorite genre.
RJ Harlick writes the popular wilderness-based Meg Harris mystery series set in the wilds of Quebec. RJ divides her time between her home in Ottawa and her log cabin in Quebec. And like her heroine Meg Harris, RJ loves nothing better than to roam the forests surrounding her wilderness cabin or paddle the endless lakes and rivers. There are 6 books in the series. The 4th, Arctic Blue Death was a finalist for the 2010 Arthur Ellis Award for Best Novel. In the latest release, Silver Totem of Shame, Meg travels to Canada’s west coast, to Haida Gwaii, the mystical islands of the Haida, where she unravels a story of shame and betrayal that reaches back to when the Haida ruled the seas. She is a past president of Crime Writers of Canada.
Ron Hore can be found sailing on Lake
Winnipeg when not writing novels or critiquing for an on-line
magazine. A member of several writing groups, with published short
stories, and two medieval-style fantasy novels, "The Dark Lady" and
"The Queen’s Pawn" in print and ebook format, plus six novellas: "The
Housetrap Chronicles" a fantasy detective series. Two sequels in the
Dark Lady series arrive in 2014. These are available through
Champagne/BURST Books. Supervised by his wife and a large, demanding
cat, his writings fall under fantasy, with wanderings into science
fiction and horror.
Updates on Ron and writing: www.ronaldhore.com and www.facebook.com/RonaldJHore.
Andrea Howe has been adeptly wrangling
the written word for more than a decade. As a freelancer, she has
edited books for such notable publishers as Wizards of the Coast,
McGraw-Hill, and Random House as well as for individual authors. She
has been called a "natural" and truly enjoys her work. She offers tips
and tools for writers on her Web site and posts fun tidbits about
language and grammar on her Facebook page. More information can be
found at www.bluefalconediting.com
Axel Howerton is the author of the darkly
funny detective novel Hot Sinatra, a finalist for the 2014
Arthur Ellis Award for Best First Novel. Axel is a former
entertainment journalist, and the co-creator/manager of the annual
Coffin Hop online horror event. His short fiction has recently
appeared in such weird and wonderful publications as Fires on the
Plain, Steampunk Originals, Clones Fairies & Monsters in the
Closet, the mini-collection Living Dead at Zigfreidt & Roy,
and the best-selling holiday anthology Let It Snow: Season’s
Readings For A Super-Cool Yule. He is the editor of Coffin Hop:
Death By Drive-In and the upcoming weird western anthology The
Horse Always Gets It First.
Axel is a member of the Calgary
Crime Writers, and the Crime Writers of Canada. He spends most of his
time roaming the untamed prairies of Alberta with his two brilliant
young sons and a wife that is way out of his league.
visit Axel online at www.axelhow.com.
Jessica L. Jackson
Jessica L. Jackson, a proud member of
the Alberta Romance Writers’ Association, has lived in Southern
Alberta since 1997. She began writing romances in her twenties when
her three children were young. Within the last year she has
e-published two novellas with Ellora’s Cave in their Blush line and
two paranormal/contemporaries which are part of a three-book
series. Encouraged by one of the WWC 2012 sessions on self-publishing,
Jessica has also self-published three time/historical novels through
Amazon.com as e-books and a Regency novella. Julian’s Chance, a
contemporary angel novel and part of the Searching For Series was
released early this summer. Her website is: jessicaleolajackson.com.
Danielle was born and raised in
Calgary, Canada. At the insistence of the left side of her brain, she
graduated in 2003 from the University of Calgary with a bachelor’s
degree in finance. But the right side of her brain has ever been
mutinous; and in 2010, it sent her back to school to complete an
entirely impractical English literature degree at Mount Royal
University and to pursue publication. Much to her satisfaction, the
right side shows no sign of relinquishing its domination. Danielle is
the author of the YA fantasy STOLEN SONGBIRD, and can be found
Calvin D. Jim
Born in French Canada to a Japanese
mother and Chinese father, Calvin D. Jim has spent his life going in
several directions at once: Writer, Editor, IFWit, Lawyer, Gamer-geek,
Movie lover, Dad. He is an Aurora Award nominated co-editor of
Shanghai Steam, the Steampunk-Wuxia anthology. His stories have
appeared in Rigor Amortis, Crossed Genre Quarterly and the
Tomorrow anthology. He is currently revising his first
novel. Calvin lives in Calgary with his wife, two kids and dozens of
tiny meeples. Follow him on Twitter: @CalvinJim
Kay lives in Salmon Arm, British Columbia.
She has had a selection of poems and short pieces published. Her first book, Spirit of Powwow, has now sold 5,000 copies.
She has given workshops in England, throughout BC and in the Western United States.
She has a BA in English Literature and a Masters in Counselling Psychology.
She is a member of The Writers’ Union of Canada, The Federation of BC Writers, Shuswap Writers Group, President of the Shuswap Association of Writers and Festival Chair for Word on the Lake-a writers’ festival.
Sarah Kades loves writing romantic
fiction where nature, humor and love meet. She has a lingering
fascination with helicopters from her days as an archaeologist, but it
is great writing inspiration, so she’s not too worried. Her first
publication was the novella Claiming Love, followed by the
short story Duke Out at the Diner. Kiss Me in the Rain
is her first full-length novel releasing July 2014. It is Book One of
The Tanner Family Series, a five book series set in western
Canada. When she is not writing, she is playing, usually outside, with
her family or planning their next adventure. http://www.sarahkades.com
Constantine Kaoukakis was born
and raised in Montreal. His interests include comic books (Marvel &
DC), Sherlock Holmes, Star Trek, Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings,
Greek mythology, Doctor Who, British murder mysteries, 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. He is also an editor for On Spec
Sarah Katyi is the co-owner of Atmist, a web development company (atmist.com). Currently, she's working on Write Often: a community dedicated to helping aspiring writers practice their craft through daily writing prompts and constructive feedback (writeoften.com). Sarah graduated with a business degree from the University of Alberta, frequently blogs, and is close to completing her first novel. When she’s not immersed in writing and business, she enjoys avoiding the gym and making poorly-constructed crafts. Connect with Sarah on Twitter: @samikat
Stacey Kondla is a life-long book nerd
and averages reading 10 -15 books per month in her spare time. She was
fortunate to have spent 10 years working for Scholastic Book Fairs to
promote the love of reading in children and young adults. Currently,
Stacey manages the IndigoKids department at a local Chapters store and
is an active member of When Words Collide's organizing
committee. Stacey also is a member of Bookcrossing and promotes the
love of reading to the public at large by releasing books into the
wild to find new readers.
Linda Kupecek is the author of four books, including the Canadian bestseller Rebel Women: Achievements Beyond the Ordinary, and Deadly Dues, the first in the Lulu Malone mystery series (TouchWood Editions). Linda’s past careers include professional actor, television host, senior Canadian correspondent for the Hollywood Reporter, award winning playwright, screenwriter and television producer. She never wants to do the last one again. When she is not squinting at the computer, trying to finish three different books, she collects antique buttons and costume jewellery.
Kate Larking is a fiction marketing
expert and marketing assistant for Faery Ink Press. Armed with her
Marketing degree from the University of Calgary, she wrote Novel
Marketing: Making Your Author Brand Work for You & Your Books, on
sale August 2014. When not studying marketing, she writes YA, fantasy,
lesbian romance, and cyberpunk fiction. She is a member of the
Imaginative Fiction Writers’ Association (IFWA) and the Alberta
Romance Writers’ Association (ARWA). Her websites are KateLarking.com and AnxietyInk.com.
Adria Laycraft is a grateful member
of IFWA and a proud survivor of the Odyssey Writers Workshop. She
co-edited Urban Green Man, which launched in August of 2013,
and has a new story in the anthology FAE just launched this
spring. Look for her stories in Tesseracts 16,
Neo-opsis, OnSpec, James Gunn's Ad Astra,
Hypersonic Tales, DKA Magazine, and In Places
Between. Author of Be a Freelance Writer Now, Adria lives
in Calgary with her husband and son.
Born in Edmonton, AB, Halli Dee
Lilburn teaches art journaling at local schools and through
educational programs. She writes poetry, creative non-fiction and
Young Adult fiction. She has work published in Canada's History,
Canadian Stories, Poetry quarterly and other literary journals. Her
novel SHIFTERS is published through Imajin Books.
She now resides in southern Alberta with her husband and three
children and works at the local library. She is a gardener, artist,
photographer, seamstress, genealogist, and singer. She can pick up
spiders, handle the sight of blood, subdue aggressive dogs, make a
mean grilled cheese, and keep her sanity. Most of the time.
She can be found at: hallililburn.blogspot.com
Stina Lindenblatt writes New Adult
contemporary romances and currently lives in Calgary with her husband
and three kids. When she isn’t writing or lost in a romance novel,
Stina loves to spend her free time behind the camera lens. Her debut
New Adult contemporary romance TELL ME WHEN (Carina Press, HQN) is now
available. LET ME KNOW (Carina Press) will be available Sept 1st,
Jillian Long has been captivated by stories for as long as she can remember! She graduated from the University of Calgary in 2010, with a BFA in Drama. She is the coordinator for social media for Alberta Romance Writers Association, and has recently completed her first novel. You can follow her on twitter @JillianRLong or visit her website at http://jillianlong.ca.
Ed Lukowich of Calgary is the author of
the new sci-fi futuristic novel entitled The Trillionist (under
his pen name Sagan Jeffries) which was published by Edge Science
Fiction and Fantasy Publishing in October of 2013. Ed’s new book for
2014 entitled Trillion Years Universe Theory, is a newly released
cosmology theory which rivals the Big Bang Theory depicting how our
universe began. Ed is a former World Curling Champion and Olympian who
has reinvented himself into a sci-fi author. During his curling
career, Ed authored four books on the sport of curling.
Janice MacDonald is the author of
ten books, including novels, non-fiction titles, a children's book and
a university textbook. Janice's stories and essays have been widely
anthologized, and her popular Randy Craig novels were the first
mystery series set in Edmonton. She has taught English literature,
communications and creative writing at both the University of Alberta
and Grant MacEwan College. Her connection to drama is long and varied
and she is utterly proud of Edmonton's reputation as a theatre
town. The latest Randy Craig Mystery, The Roar of the Crowd,
celebrates River City's theatre scene and sultry summers. Her full
biography and bibliography is available online at janicemacdonald.net.
Susan J. MacGregor has been a
fiction editor with On Spec Magazine for over twenty years. She has
edited two anthologies, Tesseracts Fifteen: A Case of Quite Curious
Tales (Edge Books) and also Divine Realms (Ravenstone
Books). Her short fiction has appeared in a number of different
venues. Her debut novel, The Tattooed Witch (Five Rivers
Publishing), the first in a trilogy of the same name, has been
nominated for an Aurora award under Best Novel, English. Her blog,
Suzenyms, which deals with writing and editing concerns (http:/suzenyms.blogspot.ca) is
also nominated for an Aurora under Best English Related Work.
Ian Alexander Martin
Ian Alexander Martin is the
Publisher / Proprietor of Atomic Fez
Publishing, based in Burnaby, BC. Atomic Fez has published 11
different titles since launching in 2010; in paperback, hardcover, and
DRM-free eBook formats (some titles in all three). Two titles have
been finalists for international awards, and Atomic Fez itself was the
first non-UK publisher to be shortlisted by the British Fantasy
Society for "Best Small Press." Prior to being a book publisher, he
has been a stage & screen actor, federal and provincial government
employee, theatre reviewer, business owner, and professional
photographer. During the day he is a Data Entry Clerk for a document
management company specialising in the legal market.
Randy McCharles is active in
Calgary, Alberta's writing community with a focus on speculative
fiction, usually of the wickedly humorous variety. In 2009 he received
Canada's most prestigious award for speculative fiction, the Aurora
Award, for the novella Ringing in the Changes in Okotoks, Alberta
which appeared in Tesseracts 12 (Edge Science Fiction and Fantasy
Publishing) and was also reprinted in Year's Best Fantasy 9 (David
Hartwell and Kathryn Kramer, ed). Additional short stories and
novellas are available in various publications from Edge Press,
including his two latest titles: The Puzzle Box and Urban Green
Man. Randy's first full length novel, Capone's Chicago, will be
available in 2014.
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.
Jodi McIsaac is the author of the
bestselling Thin Veil contemporary fantasy series, as well as
the short story A Cure for Madness, a sci-fi thriller. She grew
up in New Brunswick, Canada. After stints as a short-track speed
skater, a speechwriter, and fundraising and marketing executive in the
nonprofit sector, she started a boutique copywriting agency and began
writing novels in the wee hours of the morning. She currently lives
with her husband and children in Calgary, where she is working on her
G.J.C. McKitrick lives in Sherwood Park, Alberta, with his wife. He has a B.F.A. in Drama from the University of Calgary and a Master of Christian Studies degree from Regent College in Vancouver. In the late 1980s he and his family lived for four years in rural Thailand and his second novel A Walk in the Thai Sun came out of that experience. These days he writes poetry, songs, short stories, novels, stage plays and essays under the name G.J.C. McKitrick and speculative fiction under the name T.K. Boomer. Although three of his stage plays have been produced, he has not pursued the publication of his fiction until recently. He is currently working on a science fiction epic called The Fahr Trilogy and several short stories and songs.
Joanne Morcom is a Calgary social
worker and writer who has published two poetry collections and
co-authored two poetry anthologies. Her poetry also appears in a
variety of print and online publications. She's a founding member of
The Magpie Haiku & Tanka Poets, and belongs to The Writers Guild of
Alberta, The Independent Publishers Association of Canada, Haiku
Canada and Tanka Canada. Visit her at www.joannemorcom.ca.
Carol Mulholland is a credited screenwriter currently in preproduction on a feature with Kris Kristofferson and Peter Stormare attached. Also in the works is a "creature feature" on assignment, as well as writing her own spec features. Originally from Scotland, Carol writes for both the UK and North American markets. She may write that novel one day, but for now screenwriting has Carol well in its claws.
Tina O’Connor holds a BSc in
Psychology, with a focus on Neuroscience and is published (as Tina
Szgatti) in two industry neuroscience journals. More recently,
O’Connor wrote an inspirational book, called Be That Girl that
changed the course of her own life, becoming a full time author and
CEO of her company, Be That Books Publishing. Tina’s premiere book
Be That Girl, inspires women of every age to focus on their
priorities, and gives real strategies to help women get whatever they
want out of their lives. O’Connor’s second book, Be That Mom,
is an instructional and inspirational book designed to help moms of
any age relax and enjoy their time more.
A year ago, E.V. O’Day graduated from
the University of Calgary with an English BA in one hand and a
crumpled plan in the other. Using her Creative Writing Concentration
as an anchor, she flung herself wholly into the world of dark fantasy
where she travels for stories in questionable company. Right now, an
isolated bounty hunter and a restless pack of werewolves each vie for
her attention. When she isn’t writing, E.V. juggles a day job at a
building that’s burned down twice in the past 100 years, blogs for AnxietyInk.com, reads like a
madwoman, meets with ARWA (the Alberta Romance Writers’ Association),
and strives to find consistent time to complete her first novel.
Lorraine Paton works in a hectic
office by day and writes romance novels by night. Her contemporary
romance series, Morning Lake, is set in a fictional small town in
Alberta. She loves bestowing happily-ever-afters on as many
people--er, characters--as she can and is currently working on more
Morning Lake books and a new paranormal romance series, too. Her
website is www.lorrainepaton.com.
Hailing from Winnipeg, Sherry Peters is a writer and a certified Success Coach for writers specializing in the areas of goal setting and eliminating writer's block. Festival attendees may know Sherry best from her workshop Silencing Your Inner Saboteur. She is excited to be launching her debut novel, a YA Fantasy, Mabel the Lovelorn Dwarf. Sherry attended the Odyssey Writing Workshop and earned her M.A. in Writing Popular Fiction from Seton Hill University. For more information on Sherry, visit her website at www.dwarvenamazon.com.
Michell (Mike) Plested is an author,
editor, blogger, closet superhero (not to mention sock herder and cat
wrangler) and podcaster living in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. He is the
host of several podcasts including the writing podcaset, Get
Published, (2009, 2011 and 2013 Parsec Finalist).
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 will be launched at When Words Collide
2014. He also has a collaborative Steampunk work, Jack Kane & the
Statue of Liberty coming out this year.
Marie Powell (http://mepowell.com/) is a
professional writer based in Regina, Saskatchewan. She's the author of
15 children's books, published by Scholastic Canada, Amicus
Publishing, and Brown Bear/Windmill Books. Her award-winning short
stories and poems appear in such literary magazines as subTerrain,
Room, and Transition. She holds a Master of Fine Arts (MFA) degree in
Creative Writing from the University of British Columbia (UBC), among
other degrees, and her articles appear in more than 70 markets across
Canada and internationally. Her writing workshops are popular across
Saskatchewan, and have led to a monthly freewriting club in Regina.
Mahrie G Reid
An avid reader and Nancy Drew fan,
Mahrie wrote her first mystery book at age eight. Pursuing an
education, a husband and kids and a busy career overtook her writing
for many years. Over the years she read copiously, studied writing
craft and shared her learning in workshops, conferences and
courses. Mahrie always kept writing, publishing non-fiction, short
stories and poetry as Mahrie Glab. She has now come full circle,
returning to writing mystery novels, this time with a touch of
romance. The first in the Caleb Cove Mysteries series, Sheldon Harris
Came Home Dead was published in February, 2014 and the second, Katya
Binks Came Home From Away in June 2014. The third in the series is due
out before the end of the year. Mahrie is a member of Alberta Romance
Writers Association, Crime Writers of Canada and a graduate of
Calgary's Citizen's Police Academy and Private Investigation 101. You
can visit Mahrie at: www.mahriegreid.com
Jodie Renner, a sought-after freelance
editor specializing in thrillers and other fast-paced fiction, has
published two craft-of-writing guides (both also available as eBooks)
to date in her series, An Editor’s Guide to Writing Compelling
Fiction: the multi-award-winning FIRE
UP YOUR FICTION (formerly titled Style That Sizzles & Pacing
for Power), and WRITING
A KILLER THRILLER, which appeals to writers of any genre. For more
info, please visit Jodie’s author website, her editor website, or her
blogs (The Kill
Fiction Collective, and Resources for
Writers), or find her on Facebook,
Twitter, or Google+.
G.W. Renshaw appeared in The Great
Sperm Race as a stunt sperm and currently works at the medical
school playing with the brains of students. His short story
Vacation appears in On Spec's Spring 2013 issue. His short
story Hic Sunt
Dracones and collection Odd Thoughts
are available online. The Stable Vices Affair, first of The Chandler
Affairs, will be out in June. http://gwrenshaw.ca/
Caroline is an award winning
playwright, dramaturg and instructor. She has written 30 plays which
have been produced all across Canada. She is a member and past vice
president of the Playwrights Guild of Canada and a member of the
Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of the Americas. Frontenac House is
publishing her new play Palliser Suite in October. www.carolinerussellking.com
Since 2004 Garry Ryan has published eight
novels with NeWest Press. The second, The Lucky Elephant
Restaurant, won a 2007 Lambda Literary Award. In 2009, Ryan was
awarded Calgary’s Freedom of Expression Award. www.garryryan.ca .
Nola Sarina is a paranormal romance,
dark fantasy, and erotica author from Alberta, Canada. She loves
weaving romances that leave you breathless and challenge typical
relationships with the most mind-blowing twists. Her Vesper series
takes immortal creatures to a deadly, alluring new level. Represented
by Michelle Johnson of Inklings Literary Agency, Nola is also the
co-author (with Emily Faith) of the panty-dropping short story series
The Core and The Core: Alice.
Robert J. Sawyer
Robert J. Sawyer is the author of
Hugo Award-winner Hominids, Nebula Award-winner The Terminal
Experiment, and John W. Campbell Memorial Award-winner
Mindscan, plus Starplex, Frameshift, Factoring Humanity,
Calculating God, Humans, Rollback, and Wake, all of which
were Hugo finalists. Other awards: 2014 Skylark Award; China's Galaxy
Award for "Most Popular Foreign SF Writer;" three Japanese Seiun
Awards; thirteen Canadian Aurora Awards (plus Lifetime Acheivement
Aurora); as well as Analog's Analytical Laboratory Award,
Science Fiction Chronicle's Reader Award, and the Crime Writers
of Canada's Arthur Ellis Award, all for best short-story of the year.
The ABC TV series FlashForward was based on his novel of the
same name. Website: sfwriter.com.
Holly Schofield has been published
in Lightspeed, AE: The Canadian Science Fiction Review
and Perihelion, Specklit, and Cast of Wonders, as
well as three anthologies, including Tesseracts 17. She has
work forthcoming in Neo-Opsis.
She travels through time at the rate of one second per second,
oscillating between the alternate realities of a prairie farmhouse and
her writing cabin on the west coast.
For more of her work, see hollyschofield.wordpress.com
Brenda Sinclair released the first
three books in her historical western romance Spirit Creek Series in
spring 2014 and is currently completing book four. Believing in
happily-ever-after endings, she has published eight contemporary
romances, including Love To The Rescue (50% of the author’s
royalties are donated to humane society shelters). She is a proud
member of CaRWA and serves as the chapter’s treasurer. To learn more
about Brenda and her books, check out her website at www.brendasinclairauthor.com.
Victoria Smith is an aspiring writer of humorous, contemporary romance. She has completed her first novel, nearly completed the second and is plotting three more simultaneously. She struggles with prioritization. Victoria is a member of the Alberta Romance Writers' Association, a group which has helped fuel her passion for writing. When not writing, she can be found indulging in reality t.v. She'll write a story about it one day. www.girltrieslife.com.
I grew up in a small town just north of
Toronto. I always had a vivid imagination. Ask my mother. It’s not
that I don’t like to tell the truth. But isn’t the world a brighter
place when fairies and aliens populate the local neighbourhood? Being
an intelligent, non-girlie girl, I didn’t fit in well with my
peers. Instead I found books! I read everything I got my hands on. And
I mean everything. I contracted some ugly balance-affecting disease at
twelve. Stuck in bed for months, my family and neighbours rallied,
bringing me books of all kinds once I finished the encyclopedia and
dictionary, cover to cover. They just wanted me happy. And quiet. But
boredom struck. You can’t just read all the time, I tried copying some
of my favourite stories, embellishing them as I saw fit. And one day,
I wrote one of my own, all by myself. Personally thought I’d done a
good job. When it didn’t receive rave reviews from my family, I
decided to try harder, not give up and leave it to the experts like my
parents wanted. We moved to Alberta in 75. I took a long hiatus from
writing stories as my kids grew up. Not from making them up or telling
them. Just from writing them down. Once they grew enough, I returned
to writing. I’m happy with my progress.
I’m finally ready for the world to decide.
Dara-Lee Snow is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author who writes fantasy romance as D.L. Snow and sexy, contemporary romance as Daire St. Denis. She has eleven published works to date.
S. M. Stelmack is the pen name for Serge & Moira Stelmack. They've published four full-length novels in fifteen months through kids, careers and caffeine. Last month they received the 2014 RONE award for UNDERTOW, the first in their urban fantasy thriller series, The UnderCity Chronicles.
Patrick Swenson edited the small press magazine Talebones for 14
years, and runs Fairwood Press, a small Fantasy and Science Fiction
book line. 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. Patrick is a high school
teacher, and lives in Bonney Lake, Washington with his twelve-year-old
son Orion. The Ultra Thin Man is his first novel.
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
Laura VanArendonk Baugh
Laura was born at a very
early age and never looked back. She overcame childhood deficiencies
of having been born without teeth or developed motor skills, and by
the time she matured into a recognizable adult she had become a
behavior analyst, an internationally-recognized and award-winning
animal trainer, a popular costumer/cosplayer, a chocolate addict, and
an award-winning writer. Find her at www.LauraVanArendonkBaugh.com.
Dee Van Dyk
Dee VanDyk is a professional writer
living and writing in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. She is the author of
three non-fiction books (Conspiracy Theories, Hurricane
Katrina Survival Stories, and Hurricane Hell) published
through Altitude Publishing. Her first fiction novel (Sin
Eater) was released in June 2014.
Her work has appeared in many North American magazines and
publications, including PROFIT, Canadian Living, Homemaker’s, Write
Magazine, Alberta Venture, FiftyPlus, Mocha Sofa, Campus Starter,
WestJet Inflight Magazine, Jetsgo Inflight Magazine, West Word,
Beltline Outlook, Madame, Home Cooking, Food for Thought, Student
Counsellor, Canadian Writer’ s Journal, Avenue, Moving To, homemakers.ca, canadianliving.ca, CanLearn and
James Van Pelt
When James Van Pelt is not writing,
he teaches high school and college English in western Colorado. His
work has appeared in most of the major magazines and numerous year's
best collections. His first collection of short stories, Strangers
and Beggars, received a Best Book for Young Adults designation
from the American Library Association. He is the author of three
other collections and a novel, Summer of the Apocalypse. He and
his wife spend a lot of time running Colorado trails where he has
realized the truth of folk wisdom: for his wife to be safe in the
event of an animal attack, she doesn't have to be able to outrun the
animal; she just has to be able to outrun her husband, which she does
Diane Walton has served as Managing
Editor of On Spec since Jena Snyder passed along the torch. Diane also
serves as a Fiction editor, something she's done since the magazine's
birth in 1989. As a published writer, Diane's had stories in On Spec,
Northern Frights, and Divine Realms.
Diane and On Spec are also part of the team that runs Edmonton's Pure
Speculation Festival. She lives near Alberta Beach, AB. with the
lovely Rick LeBlanc, two cats and four very hardy goldfish. One day,
she may actually do some writing again.
Sandra Wickham lives in Vancouver,
Canada with her husband and two cats. Her friends call her a needle
crafting aficionado, health guru and ninja-in-training. Sandra’s short
stories have appeared in Evolve, Vampires of the New Undead; Evolve,
Vampires of the Future Undead; Chronicles of the Order; Crossed Genres
magazine; LocoThology; The Urban Green Man; and Luna Station
Quarterly. She blogs about writing with the Inkpunks, is the Fitness
Nerd columnist for the Functional Nerds and slush reads for Lightspeed
Edward Willett is the Aurora
Award-winning author of more than 50 books of fiction and
nonfiction. Masks (DAW), written as E. C. Blake, was
shortlisted for Best Fantasy Novel in the 2013 RT Book Reviews
Reviewers’ Choice awards. Sequel Shadows launches at When Words
Collide. Faces comes out next summer. Song of the Sword
(Coteau) launched The Shards of Excalibur YA fantasy series in
May. Twist of the Blade comes out this fall and two more next
year. Other recent titles: YA fantasy Spirit Singer (Tyche),
and science fiction novel Right to Know (Bundoran), whose
sequel, Falcon’s Egg, arrives in 2015. Ed lives in Regina with
his wife and daughter.www.edwardwillett.com.
Leya Wolfgang is the author of the
Devil You Know Kink Club BDSM Erotic Romance Series. She is a featured
author at the BDSM Writers Conference in New York this August
21-24. As one of 6 finalists for the conference's book contest, she
has her fingers crossed that she gets some very good news on the 21st.
SG Wong is the author of the Lola Starke series of speculative, hard–boiled detective novels, as well as short stories featuring other characters and times in fictional Crescent City. DIE ON YOUR FEET was shortlisted for a 2014 Arthur Ellis Award for Best First Novel. In the guise of her alter ego, SG Wong is currently Vice President of the Get Publishing Communications Society and Co–Chair of the Words in 3D 2015 professional conference. SG Wong speaks four languages (at varying degrees of proficiency), cannot juggle, and lives in Edmonton with her family—and lots of LEGO.
Facebook: SG Wong
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