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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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