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2019 Festival Guests
Charles de Lint
Ottawa author Charles de Lint is renowned as a trailblazer of the modern fantasy genre. With a body of work consisting of more than 80 adult, young adult, and children’s books, de Lint has won the World Fantasy, Aurora (three times), Sunburst and White Pine awards, among others. In 2017 de Lint was inducted into the Canadian SF & Fantasy Association Hall of Fame, and in 2018, the World Fantasy Organization presented him with a lifetime achievement award.
Charles de Lint is best described as a romantic: a believer in compassion, hope and human potential. His skilled portrayal of character and settings has earned him a loyal readership and glowing praise from peers, reviewers and readers. Website: https://www.sfsite.com/charlesdelint/
—Holly Black (bestselling author)
—Alice Hoffman (bestselling author)
—Robert Wiersema, for Quill & Quire
Kat Flannery’s love of history shows in her novels. She is an avid reader of historical, suspense, paranormal, and romance. A member of many writing groups including the National Romance Writers of America (RWA), Kat enjoys promoting other authors on her blog. When she’s not busy writing, or marketing Kat volunteers her time to other aspiring authors.
She’s been published in numerous periodicals throughout her career, and continues to write for blogs and online magazines. A bestselling author, Kat’s books are available all over the world. The BRANDED TRILOGY is Kat’s award-winning series. With seven books published, Kat continues to write two novels a year.
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Lisa Mangum has worked in the publishing industry since 1997. She is currently the Managing Editor for Shadow Mountain Publishing and has worked with several New York Times best-selling authors, including Ally Condie, Brandon Mull, and Jason F. Wright. While fiction is her first love, she also has experience working with nonfiction projects (memoir, educational, cookbooks, etc.) and some children’s picture books.
Lisa is also the author of four national best-selling YA novels (The HOURGLASS DOOR TRILOGY and After Hello) as well as several short stories and novellas. She has also edited four anthologies about magical creatures. She graduated with honors from the University of Utah, and currently lives in Taylorsville, Utah, with her husband, Tracy. Website: http://shadowmountain.com/index.php
Jonas Saul is the bestselling author of the SARAH ROBERTS SERIES and has written and published over thirty thrillers. After selling more than two million books, he signed with the Gandolfo Helin & Fountain Literary and Dramatic Rights Management. His recent releases are, The Future is Written, published by pioneering media company Adaptive Studios, and The Immortal Gene, published by Vesuvian Books.
Saul has traveled extensively throughout the world to scout settings for his thrillers, spending several years between Greece, Italy, Denmark, and Hungary. He is regularly invited to be a guest speaker, teacher, or workshop presenter at international writing conferences. Website: http://jonassaul.com/
Leanne Shirtliffe is a writer who has been published in multiple genres, including humour, memoir, and picture books. Some of her titles are The Change Your Name Store, I Love Sharks Too, Saving Thunder the Great, and Don’t Lick the Minivan. Her next picture book, Sloth to the Rescue (Running Press Kids), will be out in Fall 2019.
When she’s not trying to put words in some semblance of order, Leanne can either be found teaching high school English and creative writing, or hanging out with her family. Although most of her (mis)adventures are now limited to the suburbs of Calgary, she once won a caber-toss championship in Bahrain and chased transvestites in Bangkok. Website: http://leanneshirtliffe.com
Returning Festival Guests
Vanessa Cardui is an outlandish and daring musician with an alarming tendency to swing between the whimsical and the tragic. She has written hundreds of songs in various genres, including rock, folk, filk, and choral music, plays nine different instruments, and has a special love of historical and mythological subject matter. Her debut solo album, Thought Experiment, received high acclaim for its authenticity and bold emotional content. High on the success of Thought Experiment, Vanessa went on to release musical tributes to two Canadian subcultures: The Wine-Dark Sea for the pagan community, and Filk and Cookies for sci-fi/fantasy fandom. Following a successful Kickstarter campaign, her 2017 album, Patience, represents a new level of sophistication and production quality. With two decades (and counting!) of songwriting experience, she savours every new challenge as a writer, and enjoys giving talks and seminars to help people crack the craft of songwriting. Website: http://www.vanessacardui.com/
Mark Leslie Lefebvre
Mark Leslie Lefebvre's lifelong passion for writing and his love of reading led him to the book industry as a bookseller. His journey began in 1992, the same year he sold his first short story. Twenty-five years later, he has published books in print, ebook and audio formats and has worked in virtually every aspect of the book industry, and has been the Director of Self-Publishing & Author Relations at Rakuten Kobo since 2011. A hybrid author, Mark self-published his first book One Hand Screaming, a collection of previously published short fiction, and he continues to firmly embrace both indie and traditional publishing. He has edited the anthologies Campus Chills, Tesseracts Sixteen and Fiction River: Editor's Choice and writes a series of non-fiction paranormal books for Dundurn Press that include Creepy Capital, Tomes of Terror and the August 2018 release (co-authored with Rhonda Parrish), Haunted Hospitals: Eerie Tales About Hospitals, Sanatoriums and other Institutions. Website: https://markleslie.ca/
Erin Lindsey has lived and worked in dozens of countries around the world, but has only ever called two places home: her native city of Calgary and her adopted hometown of New York. She is the author of the Bloodbound series of fantasy novels and the Nicolas Lenoir series of paranormal detective novels. Her debut historical mystery, Murder on Millionaires’ Row, hits shelves October 2018. She divides her time between Calgary and Brooklyn with her husband and a pair of half-domesticated cats.
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: https://sfwriter.ca/
Confirmed Presenters / Panelists
Brandy Ackerley is a creator of worlds with words. While primarily a fantasy writer of novel-length fiction, she also enjoys writing short stories and novelettes in a variety of genres. Hunter’s Gambit is her first published novel. She adores anime, tabletop RPG’s and finding out more about mythology and culture worldwide. Brandy lives in Calgary, Alberta with her husband, both of whom are owned by their cat. Website: http://musingaboutthewords.blogspot.ca/
Angela Ackerman is a writing coach, international speaker, and co-author of the bestselling book, The Emotion Thesaurus: A Writer's Guide to Character Expression (now a expanded 2nd edition) as well as six others. Her books are available in seven languages, are sourced by universities, and are used by novelists, screenwriters, editors, and psychologists around the world. Angela is also the co-founder of the popular site Writers Helping Writers®, as well as One Stop for Writers®, an innovative library packed with custom tools and resources to help writers elevate their storytelling. Website: https://writershelpingwriters.net/
Dr. Wael Badawy is award wining author, speaker and coach who has published some 23 books and conference proceedings. He is the Founder and partner of Win Your Brand – your pass to a brighter future. He is a strong advocate of self-publishing for any author, subject matter expert, consultant, healer, trainer or coach. During his own academic, business and coaching career, Dr. Badawy has marketed his own books by maximizing the use of a wide range of paper and on-line promotional strategies. Many of his books also have mobile apps that increase their availability for their audiences. Almost all of his self-published books have been pre-sold, six months or less before their release dates. Website: http://winyourbrand.com
Martha Batiz is an award-winning writer who was born and raised in Mexico City, but has been living in the Toronto area since 2003. Her articles, reviews, and short stories have appeared in diverse newspapers and magazines not only in her homeland, but also in Spain, the Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, Peru, Ireland, England, the United States, and Canada. Martha holds a PHD in Latin American Literature and is an ATA-certified literary translator. She teaches Creative Writing in Spanish at the University of Toronto and Spanish and Literary Translation at York University/Glendon College. In 2015 the Hispanic-Canadian Congress and the Hispanic Business Alliance chose her as one of the Top Ten Most Influential Hispanic-Canadians. Website: http://www.marthabatiz.com
T K Boomer
T.K. Boomer lives in Sherwood Park Alberta. He has a degree in theatre and has had several stage plays produced. In 2014 he published a mainstream fiction novel, A Walk in the Thai Sun, written under the name G.J.C. McKitrick. He is a fan of science fiction and, on his retirement in 2012, decided he would devote his remaining days to the writing of it. Planet Song was published in 2016, Alpha Tribe in 2018 and The Will of the Giver should make an appearance in late 2019. Collectively these are known as The Fahr Trilogy. Website: http://tkboomer.com/
Susan Calder is a Calgary writer, who grew up in Montreal. She is the author of two mystery novels set in Calgary: Deadly Fall(Touchwood Editions) and Ten Days in Summer (BWL Ltd.). Her third novel, To Catch a Fox (BWL Ltd.), was released in February 2019. Susan has also published short stories, poems and articles and taught fiction writing courses and workshops at the Alexandra Writers Centre Society. She is a member of Crime Writers of Canada and serves as the Writers’ Guild of Alberta liaison for When Words Collide. When Susan isn’t occupied with writing, she is likely to be travelling or hiking. Website: http://www.susancalder.com
Dwayne Clayden combines his knowledge and experience as a police officer and paramedic to write crime thrillers. His first novel, Crisis Point, was a finalist for the 2015 Crime Writers of Canada Unhanged Arthur Ellis award. Outlaw
His vast experience working with emergency services spans over 40 years and includes work as a police officer, paramedic, tactical paramedic, firefighter, emergency medical services (EMS) chief, educator, and academic chair.
Dwayne is a popular speaker at writing conferences and for writing groups, providing police and medical procedures advice and editing to authors and screenwriters. The co-author of four paramedic textbooks, he has spoken internationally at EMS conferences for the past three decades. He is on the Board of Directors for the Crime Writers of Canada and the Alexandra Writers’ Centre Society. Website: http://www.dwayneclayden.com
Joe Compton is an Indie Author, Publisher, and filmmaker who has worked in the music business, been in tossed around in the Hollywood system, and experienced both sides of publishing Traditional and Independent. He is the author of 2 novels AMONGST THE KILLING and it’s sequel WE THE MORAL MAJORITY. Joe also runs the media Online Network GoIndieNow which covers, supports, and promotes Indie Artists of all artforms through a series of regularly scheduled shows broadcasting all over social media and website blogs and interviews. Website: http://goindienow.com
Tracy Cooper-Posey is an Amazon #1 Best Selling Author. She writes romantic suspense, historical, paranormal and science fiction romance. She has published over 100 novels since 1999, been nominated for five CAPAs including Favourite Author, and won the Emma Darcy Award.
She turned to indie publishing in 2011. Her indie titles have been nominated four times for Book Of The Year. Tracy won the award in 2012, and a SFR Galaxy Award in 2016 for “Most Intriguing Philosophical/Social Science Questions in Galaxybuilding” She has been a national magazine editor and for a decade she taught romance writing at MacEwan University.
She is addicted to Irish Breakfast tea and chocolate, sometimes taken together. In her spare time she enjoys history, Sherlock Holmes, science fiction and ignoring her treadmill. An Australian Canadian, she lives in Edmonton, Canada with her husband, a former professional wrestler, where she moved in 1996 after meeting him on-line. Website: https://tracycooperposey.com
Craig DiLouie is an American-Canadian author of speculative fiction. Published by big publishers, small presses, and self-published, Craig has written in many genres from dark fantasy to WW2 thrillers. His work has been translated into multiple languages and optioned for screen adaptation. He is a member of SFWA, HWA, International Thriller Writers, and IFWA. Website: http://www.CraigDilouie.com
Adam Dreece is an international best-selling young adult author and frequent conference speaker. He's best known for his steampunk-meets-fairy tale series, The Yellow Hoods, and his high action, post-apocalyptic dark fantasy series, The Wizard Killer. His latest novel is The King's Horse, a darker return to his Yellow Hoods world.
The father of three, and native Montrealer, grew up reading comic books, playing Dungeons and Dragons, and writing stories and software. These days, loving life in Calgary, he can be found under a mountain of projects and stories.
Barb Galler-Smith is an author and fiction editor living in Edmonton, Alberta Canada. She edits for On Spec: The Canadian Magazine of the Fantastic, and Sleuth, an irregular mystery and crime magazine. She's published quirky short science fiction, and is co-author of a Celtic-based historical fantasy epic trilogy, Druids, Captives, Warriors, and a contemporary romantic comedy, Under Saint Owain's Rock, all with Josh Langston. She's taught Writing Fantasy and Science Fiction at Grant MacEwan University, and mentors emerging writers of all ages. She loves fiction that gets facts right, gardening, and dogs. Website: http://
Julie has lived in Calgary her whole life and continues to enjoy being so close to the mountains and surrounded by a multitude of parks and trails. She is a graduate of the University of Calgary, with an MSc in Computer Science specializing in network simulation. Julie has over a decade of experience as an IT professional, during which time she transitioned into contracting which allowed her to travel more. She shares a passion for the outdoors, and specifically for road cycling, with her husband. Their travels have taken them to many famous mountains belonging to the professional races. Her love of writing has been re-ignited over the past few years, during which time she self-published her first book, capturing her own inspirational story of overcoming weight and anxiety issues by finding her own inner athlete. All proceeds from book sales are being donated to the World Bicycle Relief. Julie is also an inspirational blogger and speaker. Website: http://JustAGirlAndABike.com
Faye Reineberg Holt
Faye Reineberg Holt has written books of non-fiction and western Canadian history, short stories and poetry. A Calgarian with experience as an editor and writer in residence, she also offers feedback on manuscripts for individuals and organizations.
Her books include Amazing Alberta, Settling In: Early Homes of Western Canada, Canada's Rocky Mountains, Alberta: A History in Photographs, Alberta: 100 Journeys, Co-author Prairie Twins: Alberta & Saskatchewan Photographic Memories 1905-2005, Awed, Amused & Alarmed, Sharing the Good Times, Homemade Fun: Games and Pastimes, Monarchs of the Fields, Threshing, Out of the Flames: Fires & Fire Fighting on the Canadian Prairies, Help: Rescues & Disasters in Western Canada, Ice Fog (Poetry). Website: www.wordsandhistory.ca
Ariel Kroon is a PhD candidate in the department of English & Film Studies at the University of Alberta. She is studying post-apocalyptic Canadian science fiction published between 1948 and 1989, examining the ways in which Canadians have historically imagined crisis, what happens next, and why that matters. She has published on Margaret Atwood’s Oryx and Crake, and also writes poetry from time to time (some of which manages not to be mortifying). Website: http://ualberta.academia.edu/ArielKroon
Merilyn Ruth Liddell
Merilyn Ruth Liddell has been creating stories all her life, but didn’t pen any of them until she retired from a career as an early-years teacher. When she is not hiking, birdwatching, snowshoeing, working in her yard, reading, or volunteering for the local art gallery or conservation society, she writes. Tomorrow, published by EDGE Science Fiction and Fantasy Publishing, is her first novel. Website:
Ann Marston is an Edmonton writer whose works include the six books of the Rune Blades of Celi series, Diamonds in Black Sand and A Still and Bitter Grave. She is an editor for ON SPEC Magazine and for the occasionally published SLEUTH Magazine. She has taught writing courses for Edmonton Continuing Education and Grant MacEwan University, and mentors a group of up-and-coming writers that grew out of the writing classes. Website: http://
Jay Martin grew up in Melbourne Australia, and lived in the UK, Vietnam, India and Japan before moving to Canberra, where she worked as a social policy adviser. She inadvertently married a diplomat, and moved to Warsaw, Poland, where she worked as a freelance writer, volunteered at the Warsaw Uprising Museum and baked one decent chocolate cake. She came to understand snow and vodka, but never, really, pickled herring. Vodka and Apple Juice won the 2016 TAG Hungerford award. Jay moved to Edmonton, Alberta in 2018. Website:
Shirlee Smith Matheson
Aviation adventures are featured in eight of Shirlee Smith Matheson’s 21 published books (14 nonfiction books for adult readers and seven young adult novels), as well as short stories and stage plays. She is an alumnus of Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity, and has participated in (and instructed) writing courses and workshops at various schools and organizations. She is a member of The Writers Guild of Alberta, CANSCAIP and Young Alberta Book Society (YABS) as well as several aviation museums and organizations.
Awards include The 99’s Canadian Award in Aviation; Athabasca University Distinguished Alumni; Emerald Award finalist (environmental writing); and Alberta and BC nonfiction awards. Shirlee was employed for a number of years at The Hangar Flight Museum, and also completed a project as Historian for Calgary International Airport.
This Was Our Valley, the ongoing saga of hydro-electric dams on the Peace River, will be published in 2018 by Frontenac House). Photo credit: John Chalmers. Website: http://www.ssmatheson.ca
Randy McCharles is a full-time author of speculative and crime fiction. He is the recipient of several Aurora Awards (Canada's most prestigious award for speculative fiction) and in 2013 his short story Ghost-B-Gone Incorporated won the House of Anansi 7-day Ghost Story Contest.
Randy's most recent publications include the 2016 Aurora Award shortlisted novel Much Ado about Macbeth from Tyche Books, the short story Murder at the Mall from Coffin Hop Press, and the 2017 Aurora Award shortlisted novel The Day of the Demon. He is currently developing the Peter Galloway soft-boiled detective series.
In addition to writing, Randy organizes various events including the award-winning When Words Collide Festival for Readers and Writers. Website: https://randymccharles.weebly.com/
Elissa McColl writes fast paced YA historical fiction novels set in Ancient Greece. Her characters are based on archaeological discoveries of real warrior women from the European steppes. She spent her twenties traveling to 40+ countries and working as an Exploration Geophysicist. She has snorkeled with jellyfish, cage dived with sharks, stalked lemurs and been chased by African pirates. She now has an easy day job where she can write at work and lives in Canmore, Alberta. She is also an avid alpine skier and white water kayaker. Website:
Alex is the editor behind celticfrogedit. He's content edited over fifty books, more than a few of them Amazon bestsellers, in a wide range of genres. His website has a collection of free articles on writing and editing. He is also the author of fifteen books. Website: http://alexmcgilvery.com
Joanne Morcom is a Calgary writer and social worker with four poetry collections to her credit. She also contributes to online and print poetry anthologies and journals. Check out her Facebook and Twitter pages. Website:
Ron is a husband and father of four adult children. He is an advanced care paramedic, who started his career as a butcher. He has teaching experience as a martial arts instructor, and business experience as an ice cream shop owner; two adventures that he happily retired from. He currently subsidizes his income and exercises his writing muscles by contributing regularly to Canadian Paramedicine magazine. Website:
Joshua Pantalleresco writes stuff, and podcasts too. Joshua has written the Watcher series (composing The Watcher, Stormdancer, and The Wandering God) for Mirror World Publishing. His current works are Alice Zero - the start of the Greek Alice Saga and his first novel, The Cloud Diver. He writes for First Comics News as a columnist. His podcast, Just Joshing is a 2018 Aurora Award winning podcast in which he interviews authors and other creative people about life, the universe and everything. He lives in Calgary. Website: http://jpantalleresco.wordpress.com
David A Poulsen
David A. Poulsen has been a broadcaster, teacher, professional cowboy, football coach, stage and film actor and—most of all—writer. His writing career began in earnest when his story The Welcomin’ won the 1984 Alberta Culture Short Story Competition. Now the author of 27 books, many for middle readers and young adults, the UBC Creative Writing alumnus and former Writer in Residence at the Saskatoon Public Library recently made his inaugural foray into the world of adult crime fiction with Serpents Rising, the best-selling first book in the Cullen and Cobb Mystery series. The follow-up novel, Dead Air, hit bookstores in May of 2017 with Last Song Sung, the third title in the popular series, arriving in the spring of 2018. Website:
Mike Rimar has matured. He no longer writes witty bios with clever puns. He has stopped comparing his two daughters to pets, especially after the cease and desist order. He sees nothing funny about writing science fiction, fantasy, and some horror, although many of his stories might be considered humorous, and purposefully humorous, not this-is-so-bad-it’s-funny kind of humorous. As proof, his story, A Bunny Hug for Karl, was nominated for the 2014 Prix Aurora for the best in Canadian Science Fiction and Fantasy. He is also an associate publisher of Bundoran Press () and co-editor of the anthologies, Second Contacts, for which he won the 2016 Aurora award and Lazurus Risen for which he was nominated for the 2017 Aurora. He has been published in OSC’s InterGalactic Medicine Show, Writers of the Future XXI, On Spec, and Tesseracts, all serious publications despite having the occasional humorous story. Seriously. www.mikerimar.com Website: http://www.bundoranpress.com
Gail Sattler’s first book sold on her 40th birthday and she hasn’t looked back. Gail Sattler is now an award winning royalty/advance published author of over 30 novels and novellas and a few works of non-fiction. She also teaches writing workshops and coordinates a number of online critique groups. Gail Sattler works full time and is in 3 bands, proving that if you want to write, you can. Website: http://www.gailsattler.com
Danika Stone is an author, artist, and educator who discovered a passion for writing fiction while in the throes of her Masters thesis. A self-declared bibliophile, Danika now writes novels for both teens: Switchback (Macmillan, 2019), Internet Famous (Macmillan, 2017) and All the Feels (Macmillan, 2016); and adults The Dark Divide (Stonehouse, 2018) and Edge Of Wild (Stonehouse, 2016).
Ms. Stone's work has received both recognition and literary praise. Edge of Wild (previously entitled Tathagata) was a quarter-finalist in Amazon's Breakthrough Novel of the Year Award (2013), a finalist in the Horatio Nelson Fiction Prize (2015), and took second place in the Publish or Perish contest (2015). All the Feels was selected for Swoon Reads' fourth list (2015) and was nominated for YALSA's Quick Picks for Reluctant Readers (2016), and for CYBILS' Children's and Young Adult Bloggers' Literary Awards (2016). In 2017, Chapters included Edge of Wild in "Our Favourite Canadian Fiction". That same year, Internet Famous was selected as one of Fierce Reads' "9 Perfect Summertime Reads" (2017), Showstopper Magazine's "August Must-Reads", and was nominated for the R. Ross Annett Award for Children's Literature (2017). Ms. Stone's books have been reviewed by VOYA, Teen Reads, and School Library Journal. Danika has also featured in the BN Teen Blog, Clash, Quillable, Fierce Reads, Lethbridge Living Magazine, CJSR's Word, and on CBC's Daybreak.
When not writing, Danika can be found hiking in the Rockies, planning grand adventures, and spending far too much time online. She lives with her husband, three sons, and a houseful of imaginary characters in a windy corner of Alberta, Canada.
Ms. Stone is represented by Morty Mint of Mint Literary Agency.
Barbara Thompson is a retired public relations liaison and currently a Calgary, Canada-based freelance editor and author of three literary/historical novels; No More Blood - Epilogue to the life of Truman Capote & In Cold Blood; Eighteen Minutes to the Beast - a Nixon Watergate Thriller; Sessions - Predator vs. Shrink Who will survive?
The overriding theme in Barbara's work concerns the process of death, where iconic people, disquieting ideals and/or milestone events are tweaked and warped ever so slightly to reveal an answer to a long-held mystery or a societal question. It’s in those final moments in life where the ultimate truth plays the only role.
Born and raised in the Lake Country District of southern Ontario, Canada and an only child to an RCMP Constable father and Industrial Accountant mother, Barbara who grew up very Anglo-Saxon, very Northern Irish. Funeral wakes were a large part of Barbara’s life, starting at the tender age of three, so death—its meaning and role in life—took centre stage.
This author has done extensive travelling and now lives to swim, hike and fish in the Rocky Mountains, enjoy friends and family, and lead an avant-garde writer's group likened on the 1920s Paris “Lost Generation” — Calgary Writers Montparnasse group on Facebook.
Barbara’s upcoming historical epic, AIR, tells of six US Navy sailors fighting to survive inside the capsized USS Oklahoma after the December 7, 1941 Pearl Harbor attack. All six, trapped below the sea, find out there can be far worse things in life than death. AIR is due to be released December 7, 2020. Website: http://www.booksbybjthompson.com
Suzy is the award-winning Calgary Bestselling Author of The Fountain, and The West Woods, published by Evil Alter Ego Press. This fantastical Young Adult Series has received two Aurora Nominations for Best Young Adult Novel, as well a bronze medal from Readers' Favorite Book Awards.
Suzy is a Public Speaker, Teacher and Book Coach. She lives in Calgary, Canada with her husband and three children and is an involved member in the writing community. She is an instructor at Alexandra Writers' Centre Society (AWCS), a member of the Imaginative Fiction Writers Association (IFWA) and the Young Alberta Book Society (YABS). She also manages Young Adult/Children’s Programming for When Words Collide (WWC). Suzy is also the founder of WriteIt! creative writing programs in schools, building young writers. Website: https://suzyvadori.wordpress.com
Edward Willett is the Aurora Award-winning author of more than sixty books of science fiction, fantasy, and non-fiction. His most recent novel is Worldshaper (“a rollicking contemporary fantasy”—Publishers Weekly starred review), Book 1 in the Worldshapers series from DAW Books. Book 2, Master of the World, comes out in September. His short-story collection Paths to the Stars(Shadowpaw Press) was shortlisted for two 2019 Saskatchewan Book Awards. His YA dark-fantasy novel Changers comes out in 2020 from ChiZine Publications. Ed hosts The Worldshapers podcast (), featuring conversations with science fiction and fantasy authors about their creative process. Website: https://www.edwardwillett.com
P.D. Workman was born and raised in Alberta, Canada. She writes riveting young adult and mystery/suspense books dealing with mental illness, addiction, abuse, and other social issues. She has won several literary awards from Library Services for Youth in Custody for her young adult fiction. She currently has 30 published titles. She has been married for 25 years and has one son. Website: http://pdworkman.com
Natalia's speculative fiction has been published in Nevertheless: Tesseracts Twenty-One (EDGE) and in Luna Station Quarterly (Issue 035). She has written and produced content for VICE, CBC, Huffington Post Canada, Cult Montreal and Paper Magazine. A graduate of Concordia University's Creative Writing Program, she is an active member of the Quebec Writers Federation and the Canadian Science Fiction and Fantasy Association. When she's not on tour with her rock band The Dears, Natalia lives in Montreal. Website: http://nataliayanchak.com
Monica Sagle Zwikstra
Monica Sagle Zwikstra is a member of Crowsnest Writers, a critique group in Crowsnest Pass. She loves gardening and cats and, as you will learn, she loves dragons. Her short story Storm House, written under the pen name Monica Sagle, was published by Scout Media in the anthology A Haunting of Words, July, 2017; and her flash fiction Humanity will be published in Polar Borealis Magazine in the fall of 2018. Website: