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Canvention 40
The Tenth Annual Edition of When Words Collide

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Master Classes

This year there are 06 Master Classes being presented by our guests of honour both before and after the festival. Please go to the Master Class registration page to see the descriptions.

2020 Festival Guests

Cathy Ace

Cathy Ace
Cathy Ace was born and raised in Wales, migrating to Canada at the age of forty where she turned her back on her previous life in marketing and turned to a life of crime…fiction. She is the author of eight Cait Morgan Mysteries (traditional, Christie-style mysteries), four WISE Enquiries Agency Mysteries (cozy, quintessentially British mysteries) and, in 2019, the standalone psychological suspense novel The Wrong Boy – which became an Amazon #1 bestseller and won an IPPY Award. Shortlisted for the Bony Blithe Award for Best Canadian Light Mystery three times, across both her series, she won in 2015 for The Corpse with the Platinum Hair. She’s published two collections of short stories and novellas, and has been shortlisted for the Arthur Ellis Award for Best Short Story. She was Chair of Crime Writers of Canada 2016-2018. Her latest release is Good Cause, another standalone novel of psychological suspense set in her native Wales. She lives on five rural acres in beautiful British Columbia. Website: http://www.cathyace.com/

Vicki Delany

Vicki Delany
Vicki Delany is one of Canada's most prolific and varied crime writers and a national bestseller in the U.S. She is the author of more than thirty-five published books so far: from clever cozies to Gothic thrillers and gritty police procedurals, to historical fiction and novellas for adult literacy. She is currently writing the Sherlock Holmes Bookshop series for Crooked Lane, the Year Round Christmas mysteries for Penguin Random House, the Tea by the Sea mysteries for Kensington and, as Eva Gates, the Lighthouse Library series, for Crooked Lane Books.
Vicki lives and writes in bucolic Prince Edward County, Ontario. Her work has been nominated for the Derringer, the Bony Blithe, the Ontario Library Association Golden Oak, and the Arthur Ellis Awards. Vicki is the recipient of the 2019 Derrick Murdoch Award for contributions to Canadian crime writing. Website: http://vickidelany.com/

Steena Holmes

Steena Holmes
Steena Holmes is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author with over 2 million copies of her titles sold world wide, including The Forgotten Ones, Saving Abby and The Memory Child. Named in the Top 20 Women Author to read in 2015 by Good Housekeeping, she won the National Indie Excellence Award in 2012 for Finding Emma as well as the USA Book News Award for The Word Game in 2015. Steena has been featured in various newspapers and magazines, websites such as Goodreads, BookBub, RedBook, Glamour, Coastal Living and Goodhousekeeping. To find out more about her books and her love for traveling, you can visit her Website: http://www.steenaholmes.com/

Fonda Lee

Fonda Lee
Fonda Lee is the author of the Green Bone Saga, beginning with Jade City (Orbit), which won the 2018 World Fantasy Award for Best Novel, and continuing in Jade War. She is also the author of the acclaimed young adult science fiction novels Zeroboxer (Flux), Exo and Cross Fire (Scholastic). Fonda’s work has been nominated for the Nebula, Andre Norton, and Locus Awards, and been named to Best of Year lists by NPR, Barnes & Noble, Powell’s Books, and Syfy Wire. She won the Aurora Award, Canada’s national science fiction and fantasy award, twice in the same year for Best Novel and Best Young Adult Novel. Fonda is a recovering corporate strategist, black belt martial artist, and action movie aficionado residing in Portland, Oregon. You can find Fonda online on Twitter @fondajlee. Website: http://www.fondalee.com/

Dave Reynolds

Dave Reynolds
Dave has been the Associate Category Manager, Local Authors – Western Canada for Indigo/Chapters/Coles since January 2016. Dave started with Chapters as a bookseller in 1997 and has held various positions in the stores and Home Office since that time.
Before becoming a bookseller, Dave received a Diploma (Hons.) in Film & Video from the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology. Dave has written original short & feature length screenplays and has also directed and produced several short films. In his spare time, he likes to travel by bicycle. Website: https://www.indigo.ca/

Morgan Rhodes

Morgan Rhodes
Morgan Rhodes is the New York Times bestselling author of the Falling Kingdoms series, which has been described as "Game of Thrones for Teens." As Michelle Rowen, she is the prolific and award-winning author of over two dozen novels. She has written for Penguin, Grand Central, Harlequin, and Bloomsbury, as well as dipping her toe into indie publishing.
A former president of Toronto Romance Writers, Morgan lives in Mississauga, Ontario, where she refills her creative well by watching trashy reality TV and drinking a lot of delicious coffee. . Website: http://www.morganrhodes.net/ and Michelle at www.michellerowen.com

Returning Festival Guests

Vanessa Cardui

Vanessa Cardui
Vanessa Cardui is an outlandish and daring musician with an alarming tendency to swing between the whimsical and the tragic. She 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/

David B Coe

David B Coe
David B. Coe/D.B. Jackson is the author of more than two dozen novels and as many short stories.
As D.B. Jackson (http://www.DBJackson.com), he is the author of the time travel/epic fantasy series, The Islevale Cycle. The first two books, Time’s Children and Time’s Demon, are now available. Book three, Time’s Assassin is in production. He also writes the Thieftaker Chronicles, a series set in pre-Revolutionary Boston that combines elements of urban fantasy, mystery, and historical fiction.
Under his own name he has written epic fantasy, urban fantasy, and the occasional media tie-in. He is the co-author of How To Write Magical Words: A Writer’s Companion, and co-editor of the Temporally Deactivated and Galactic Stew anthologies (Zombies Need Brains, 2019 and 2020).
David has a Ph.D. in U.S. history from Stanford University. His books have been translated into more than a dozen languages. Website: http://www.DavidBCoe.com

Kat Flannery

Kat Flannery
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.
Find her on Facebook: Kat Flannery, author
Follow her on Twitter: @KatFlannery1
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Website: https://www.katflannerybooks.com/

Mark Leslie Lefebvre

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

Erin Lindsey
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 Rose Gallagher series of historical mysteries, the Bloodbound series of fantasy novels and the Nicolas Lenoir series of paranormal detective novels. Her latest Rose Gallagher mystery, A Golden Grave, hits shelves September 2019. She divides her time between Calgary and Brooklyn with her husband and a pair of half-domesticated cats. Website: http://erin-lindsey.com/

Shirlee Smith Matheson

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, was published in 2019 by Frontenac House). Photo credit: John Chalmers. Website: http://www.ssmatheson.ca

Robert Runté

Robert Runté
Robert Runté, PhD, . Dr. Runté took early retirement as a professor to become a full-time editor so he could work with authors for longer than a semester. He has edited over 30 traditionally published SF&F novels and collections. His own short fiction has been published in Exile Literary Quarterly, Pulp Literature, On Spec Magazine, Tesseracts, Imaginarium, Strangers Among Us, Prairie Starport, Playground of Lost Toys, Polar Borealis, Alberta Unbound, The First Line, and other venues. He has won three Aurora Awards for his literary criticism and promotion of Canadian SF, and in 2017, one of his own stories was shortlisted for an Aurora. The late Dave Duncan called him "the best editor I've ever worked with", and willed Robert all his incomplete manuscripts to finish. The Traitor's Son is the first of these, due out from Five Rivers, August, 2021. Website: http://EssentialEdits.ca

Robert J Sawyer

Robert J Sawyer
Robert J. Sawyer, a member of both the Order of Canada and the Order of Ontario, 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

Cathy Ace

Cathy Ace
Cathy Ace was born and raised in Wales, migrating to Canada at the age of forty where she turned her back on her previous life in marketing and turned to a life of crime…fiction. She is the author of eight Cait Morgan Mysteries (traditional, Christie-style mysteries), four WISE Enquiries Agency Mysteries (cozy, quintessentially British mysteries) and, in 2019, the standalone psychological suspense novel The Wrong Boy – which became an Amazon #1 bestseller and won an IPPY Award. Shortlisted for the Bony Blithe Award for Best Canadian Light Mystery three times, across both her series, she won in 2015 for The Corpse with the Platinum Hair. She’s published two collections of short stories and novellas, and has been shortlisted for the Arthur Ellis Award for Best Short Story. She was Chair of Crime Writers of Canada 2016-2018. Her latest release is Good Cause, another standalone novel of psychological suspense set in her native Wales. She lives on five rural acres in beautiful British Columbia. Website: http://www.cathyace.com/

Shauna Alderson

Shauna Alderson
Shauna Alderson began writing teen fantasy even before she was a teen. After she “grew up", she completed creative writing courses (and a BA in Development Studies) at the University of Calgary. When not reading or writing, she can usually be found teaching ESL, composing on the piano, creating art, or volunteering abroad. She also enjoys dessert, Studio Ghibli films, and being the silliest person she knows. Her debut novel, Paragon, comes out in March, 2020. Website: http://shaunaalderson.com

Faye Arcand

Faye Arcand
Faye learned her ABC’s playing school in the attic of her parents’ home. Being the seventh of eight children meant having lots of teachers who worked hard to instill the love of the written word. That devotion to reading and learning never stopped.
With her BA in hand, Faye fully embraced a career within the Canadian criminal justice system for many years while traveling around the world at every opportunity.
She is an award-winning short story writer, agented author, and columnist for Black Press. She’s currently working on her second novel.
She resides in the South Okanagan of British Columbia. Website: http://fayeearcand.com

Nancy M Bell

Nancy M Bell
Nancy lives near Balzac, Alberta with her husband and various critters. She is a member of The Writers Union of Canada and the Writers Guild of Alberta. Nancy has presented at the Surrey International Writers Conference, at the Writers Guild of Alberta Conference, When Words Collide, and Word on the Lake. She has publishing credits in poetry, fiction and non-fiction. Recently her work has been included in Tamaracks Canadian Poetry for the 21st Century and Vistas of the West Anthology of Poetry. Her poetry is also being included in the University of Holguin Cuba in their Canada Cuba Literary Alliance (CCLA) program. Her latest book Dead Dogs Talk will release in September 2020. Website: http://www.nancymbell.ca

Alexa Blyan

Alexa Blyan
My name is Alexa Blyan, and I am fifteen years old. All my life I was raised to be very proud of my culture and my traditions despite the things that First Nations people face and have faced in Canada. I feel the effects of residential schools, Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, racism, discrimination, and other things as well. I suffer from anxiety, which has taken a toll on my life significantly. Up until the ninth grade I was scared to talk to anyone or put myself in social situations.
Now I am a motivated and passionate public speaker who speaks out about Indigenous issues and my own stories. My goal is to make the world better for everyone. Equality for all, that is the goal.

Gerald Brandt

Gerald Brandt
Gerald Brandt is an International Bestselling Author of Science Fiction and Fantasy. He is a member of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America. His current novel is The Rebel – A San Angeles Novel, published by DAW Books. His first novel, The Courier, also in the San Angeles series was listed by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation as one of the 10 Canadian science fiction books you need to read and was a finalist for the prestigious Aurora Award. Both The Courier and its sequel, The Operative, appeared on the Locus Bestsellers List.

Andrew Buckley

Andrew Buckley
Andrew Buckley attended the Vancouver Film School’s Writing for Film and Television program. He pitched and developed several screenplay projects for film and television before completing his first two novels, DEATH, THE DEVIL AND THE GOLDFISH and STILTSKIN, both published by Curiosity Quills Press. Andrew also writes under the pen name Jane D. Everly for his HAVELOCK series of novels.
His foray into writing for a younger audience resulted in the HAIR IN ALL THE WRONG PLACES series of books, published by Month9Books, part of the Georgia McBride Media Group.
​In addition to writing, Andrew speaks to thousands of elementary, middle, and high school students each year about storytelling and writing through the delivery of interactive and engaging workshops and presentations. His novel writing series for teens to adults has received unanimously positive reviews, and he speaks at writing conferences and comic-cons whenever he has the chance.
Andrew is also the co-founder and lead instructor at Wordsmith Academy, is working on several new novels, has a stunning amount of other ideas, and is currently attempting to bend time and space to allow for more hours in the day.
He now lives happily in the Okanagan Valley, BC with one beautiful wife, three kids, two needy dogs, and a multitude of characters that live comfortably inside of his mind. ​ Andrew is represented by Mark Gottlieb at the Trident Media Group. Website: http://www.andrewbuckleyauthor.com

Beth Burnett

Beth Burnett
Beth Burnett wears a lot of hats. The Director of Education for the non-profit Golden Crown Literary Society, she also runs the GCLS writing academy. Beth teaches college English and early British Literature and is a doctoral student at Murray State University. She has published five books with Sapphire Publishing. Her sixth book, Coyote Ate the Stars, won first place in fantasy in the Writer’s Digest Self-published book awards. She has won two Rainbow Awards, but her claim to fame is writing her books with a twenty-pound cat on her forearms. Beth lives in BC with her wife and pets.

Susan Calder

Susan Calder
Susan Calder is a Calgary writer who grew up in Montreal. She is the author of three mystery and suspense novels, To Catch a Fox (BWL, 2019), *Ten Days in Summer (BWL, 2017) and A Deadly Fall* (BWL, 2019, 2nd edition). 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

Tammy Lyn Carbol

Tammy Lyn Carbol
Tammy Lyn Carbol is the current President of the Alberta Romance Writers' Association and has been a member since 2000. Since 2017, she has used her administrative talents as a Virtual Assistant for several authors. In her spare time she is a belly dance teacher and performer. Website: http://www.tammylyncarbol.com

Alison Clarke

Alison Clarke
Alison Clarke is a writer/artist who is also a creative writing instructor. Alison is the author of The Sisterhood, a young adult fantasy novel about Oppie, a sorceress’ daughter, and her best friend, Aurie, who is a dragon, and the journey they go on to save the universe. The Sisterhood is Book One of The Sisterhood Series, for which Alison won the award 2016 Writer Of The Year by Diversity magazine. The second book in the series is Racine which was nominated for Book Of The Year. The third book in the series is Circle.

Dwayne Clayden

Dwayne Clayden
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 and Wolfman’s Back continue the Brad Coulter Series. His short story, Hell Hath No Fury, was published in AB Negative, an anthology of short stories from Alberta Crime Writers.
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

B G Cousins

B G Cousins
B.G. Cousins has travelled the World, sort of. His engineering career takes him to many places around world, although not to the touristy spots. He started writing novels in 2015 to kill time during layovers in airports and on planes. His first novel, The Locket, was published in 2016. He makes his novels as historically accurate as possible, weaving history’s anomalies into stories of love, conflict and adventure. Since The Locket, he has written The Great Celt, Dark Before Light, and The Tachi.
B.G. Cousins is a member of ARWA and resides in Calgary, Alberta.

Diana Cranstoun

Diana Cranstoun
Born in Scotland, Diana has made Calgary her home for over 30 years. A long-term member of the Alberta Romance Writers’ Association, she has had two screenplays optioned and short stories broadcast on CBC radio and published in UK magazines.
Website: http://www.dianacranstoun.com

Yewande Daniel-Ayoade

Yewande Daniel-Ayoade
Yewande Daniel-Ayoade is an author of diverse children's books, Canadian immigrant and mum of five kids. Her picture book, What's the Worst that Could Happen? debuted on Amazon's Children's Literature best seller list. She is also the author of the Sade picture book series, which explores the immigration experience from a child's perspective. Yewande has a Bachelor's degree in Economics and a Masters in Business Administration. Website: http://www.ydaniel-ayoade.com

Nancy-Angel Doetzel

Nancy-Angel Doetzel
Dr. Nancy-Angel Doetzel is an international speaker and author of three books. She is also an awarding-winning professor, researcher, journalist and musician. She received a PhD from the University of Calgary. From Lakehead University, she received an MA, HBA, HBSW and BA. She has been teaching at Mount Royal University for 12 years, and is host of a radio show, From The Heart. In the helping profession, for 15 years, she worked as an addictions counselor, family mediator, educator, speaker and researcher. For her doctorate research, she won the Canadian Association of Educational Administration Distinguished Dissertation Award and was granted a Teaching Excellence Award at Mount Royal University. She is also a researcher currently studying Indigenous ways of healing and incorporating spirituality within health care educational models. Her mission is to awaken the latent inherent spirit within whomever the Creator puts on her path.

Christine Emelone

Christine Emelone
Christine Emelone is an author and university student from the UK. Originally from Manchester, she now lives in Sheffield and is currently studying Journalism. She loves talking to people about God and hearing their experiences. She has written one Christian book about God and relationships and would love to produce more work in the future.

Kelly Falardeau

Kelly Falardeau
At the age of 2, Kelly was severely burned over 75% of her body in her childhood home. Her life was forever changed in that moment. It led to numerous surgeries, scars and a life of being highly visible, bullied, shunned and sometimes avoided. Kelly found a way to go from near-death to success; from the ugly scar-faced girl to one of the most Powerful and Influential women today. She has written and published six of her own books and has coached 20 people to become best-selling authors.
Website: http://www.KellyFalardeau.com

Sandra Fitzpatrick

Sandra Fitzpatrick
Sandra Fitzpatrick is bilingual in financial and English. She's been helping artists, writers, actors and other Creative People with their taxes, both Canadian 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. Coming soon 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. As Lee F. Patrick, her novel Alter Egos and several short pieces came out in 2017. Her thriller The Alanyo Heir was published in 2018.

Susan Forest

Susan Forest
Susan Forest is a science fiction and fantasy writer, and an award-winning fiction editor for Laksa Media. Her novel, Bursts of Fire, came out in 2019, with Flights of Marigolds to be launched at WWC this year. She has published over 25 short stories in Canadian and international publications, including Asimov's, Analog, and Orson Scott Card's Intergalactic Medicine Show. She was an Aurora Award finalist four times for her short fiction, SFWA's Secretary for four years, and has appeared at many international writing conventions. Susan loves travel and has been known to dictate novels from the back of her husband's motorcycle. Website: http://speculative-fiction.ca/

Jenna Greene

Jenna Greene
Jenna Greene is a YA writer from Lethbridge, Alberta. Her IMAGINE series has reached great acclaim and her latest novel, REBORN, won the Moonbeam Children's book award. She is also the co-host of the podcast Quill and Ink which features writers from around the world.

Madeleine Harris-Callway

Madeleine Harris-Callway
Before turning to crime (writing), Madeleine studied science. She worked for a gold mine, helped solve a medical murder mystery and met Queen Elizabeth II – though not at the same time. She drew on her love of long-distance running and cycling for her survivalist thriller, Windigo Fire (Seraphim Editions). Murderous bush pilots, hungry bears and forest fires though&m--no comment!
In 2013, Madeleine co-founded the Mesdames of Mayhem (), a group of 21 leading Canadian crime writers. Enjoy their critically acclaimed stories in the Mesdames’ four anthologies, Thirteen, 13 O’clock, 13 Claws and most recently, In the Key of Thirteen (Carrick Publishing).
Madeleine’s own works have been runners-up for the Arthur Ellis, Derringer and Debut Dagger awards. In 2018, she turned to noir with stories published in Mystery Weekly Magazine and The Dame Was Trouble (Coffin Hop Press).
www.mhcallway.com Website: http://www.mesdamesofmayhem.com

Julie Hiner

Julie Hiner
Julie Hiner spent endless hours during her childhood lost in the pages of books. She could tune out anything and immerse herself in the worlds of fictional characters for an entire day. The only thing that took precedence over a book was her Walkman. To this day, Julie is a hardcore 80s rocker at heart. In high school, her favorite classes were science, math and English. During this time, her love for writing surged.
After securing a solid education in computer science at the University of Calgary, Julie spent over a decade working on large scale network systems. On a break between contracts, Julie followed her longing to finish a book she had been writing in bits and pieces. After finishing her non-fictional book portraying her personal story of facing fear and anxiety on a bicycle in the European mountains, she did some deep soul searching. This is when she decided to write a novel.
For a long time, Julie has been fascinated with the complexity of the dark mind of the serial killer and obsessed with trying to understand how murder can occur. Finding inspiration at a talk given by a local homicide detective, Julie surged down her new path to writing a dark, serial killer novel. She continues to write, focused on dark crime and horror. Her favorite parts of her new found writing process are the detailed research, creating an in-depth character and digging deep into his, her or its mind, and unleashing her inner artist on photos to create the cover and marketing material. Website: http://JustAGirlAndABike.com

Faye Reineberg Holt

Faye Reineberg Holt
Faye Reineberg Holt has published 12 nonfiction books concerning western Canadian history and a middle grade book, as well as co-authoring a travel book. Having written short stories and poetry for all ages, Faye is a member of The Writers’ Union of Canada, Writers Guild of Alberta, Young Alberta Book Society, Alexandra Writers’ Society and Canadian Authors Association, and she is a friend of CANSCAIP. A Calgarian with experience as editor, writer-in-residence and manuscript reviewer, she gives feedback on manuscripts for individuals and organizations. Also, she offers writing-related readings and workshops. Website: http://www.wordsandhistory.ca

Niall Howell

Niall Howell
Niall Howell was born and raised in Calgary, where he still resides with his wife and three pets. His debut novel, Only Pretty Damned, was released by NeWest Press in 2019, and has received acclaim from The Globe and Mail, Mystery Scene, CBC Books, SubTerrain, and others. His short fiction has been published in The Feathertale Review and FreeFall and he holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from Mount Royal University, and a Bachelor of Education from the University of Calgary. He enjoys playing bass. Niall can be found on twitter @niall_howell

Axel Howerton

Axel Howerton
Axel Howerton is a former entertainment journalist, crime and genre scholar, and the Arthur Ellis Award nominated author of the detective caper Hot Sinatra; the modern gothic fairytale Furr; the zombie novella Living Dead at Zigfreid & Roy; the noir fable Con Morte, and the upcoming Wolf and Devil: Demon Days. His short stories, poetry and non-fiction have appeared in dozens of online and print publications over the last decade. He is also the publisher and managing editor of the award-winning Coffin Hop Press Ltd. Seek him out on social media as #AxelHow. Website: http://www.axelhow.com

Rachelle Kanefsky

Rachelle Kanefsky
Rachelle Kanefsky is the co-principal of Behind the Book. She and her partner have over 25 years of book publishing experience and have worked in some of Canada’s most esteemed houses, including Macmillan Canada, HarperCollins, Raincoast Books, and ECW Press. Today, they help authors across Canada self-publish award-winning books.
Rachelle has written extensively on the topic of self-publishing, including a recent article in the April 2019 issue of Business in Vancouver. Website: http://www.behindthebook.ca

Pamela Kenney

Pamela Kenney
Pamela Kenney is a Calgary writer who likes to incorporate humour into her books, short stories and non-fiction. Her latest books Mile High Murder and Victim in Victoria are cozy mysteries featuring Meg Spencer, a recently retired homicide detective, who just can’t seem to stop finding dead bodies. Pamela also has stories published in anthologies such asKnucklehead Noir by Coffin Hop Press. Her non-fiction humorous essay Post Traumatic New Disorder was published in the Globe and Mail. Website: http://PamelaKenney.com

Monica Lamond

Monica Lamond
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Konn Lavery

Konn Lavery
Konn Lavery is a Canadian author whose work has been recognized by Edmonton’s top five bestseller charts and by reviewers such as Readers’ Favorite, and Literary Titan. He started writing stories at a young age while being homeschooled. After graduating from graphic design college, he began professionally pursuing his writing with his first release, Reality. He continues to write in the thriller, horror, and fantasy genres.
He balances his literary work along with his own graphic design and website development business. His visual communication skills have been transcribed into the formatting and artwork found within his publications supporting his fascination of transmedia storytelling. Website: https://konnlavery.com/

Karen Elizabeth Lee

Karen Elizabeth Lee
Karen Lee is a retired psychologist and management consultant and is a lover of different forms of writing – she leans definitely on the non-fiction side but has been known to stray. Her first book was Consulting into the Future (2002) Hodder & Stoughton, and her second was The Full Catastrophe: A Memoir (2016) She Writes Press. She has many non-fiction essays published, some academic, some journal pieces, some history. She has been teaching memoir writing at the Alexandra Writers’ Centre for seven years and is presently working on personal essays and is part-way through a new memoir based on the country village where she grew up. Website: http://karenelee-author.com/

Amy LeBlanc

Amy LeBlanc
Amy LeBlanc is an MA student in English Literature and creative writing at the University of Calgary and non-fiction editor at Filling Station magazine. She is the author of two chapbooks, most recently Ladybird, Ladybird published with Anstruther Press (August 2018). Amy's debut poetry collection, I know something you don’t know, is forthcoming with Gordon Hill Press in Spring 2020. Her short story collection Homebodies will be published by Pedlar Press in 2021. Her novella Unlocking will be published by the UCalgary Press in their Brave and Brilliant Series in 2022. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Room, PRISM International, and the Literary Review of Canada among others.

Brenda Joyce Leahy

Brenda Joyce Leahy
Brenda is a Calgary author. Her debut Young Adult historical novel, The Art of Rebellion, was published by Rebelight Publishing in 2016. It spent four weeks on Calgary’s bestselling lists. Her short story, Robin Hood of the Prairies, was published in an anthology by Frontenac House in 2020. She is a current member of SCBWI, CANSCAIP, and the Writers’ Guild of Alberta. She also hosts a local critique group for YA and MG writers.

Bobbi Lintner

Bobbi Lintner
Bobbi Lintner has been in the indie and self-publishing world for 5 years as an editor, language creator, and world artist, and currently works at Quill & Pounce in Calgary, Alberta. As an avid reader, mythology nerd, and writer herself, Bobbi’s love for words and worlds not her own is endless. She takes special interest in works that include POC / LGBT+ characters, and believes that diversity is critical in all fiction. When not at her computer, she spends her time singing, raising 2 kids, reading tarot, gardening, and sacrificing wine to the Fae and Old Gods.

Josephine LoRe

Josephine LoRe
Josephine LoRe is a Calgary poet and teacher whose words have been spoken on the stage and interpreted through painting, music, and dance. Her work has been featured in print and online in Canada, the US, England and Japan.
Two collections of her poetry have been published, Unity and the Calgary Herald Bestseller Cowichan Series as well as the short story Cornflower. Josephine contributed The Art of Writing to the 2019 publication Writing Better Fiction.
Josephine completed a Maîtrise en Arts at l'Université de Rouen (France), a bilingual BEd from Laurentian University and an Honours BA from the University of Toronto. She is a member of the AWCS, the WGA, Haiku Canada and the League of Canadian Poets. Website: https://www.josephinelorepoet.com

Randy McCharles

Randy McCharles
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

Elissa McColl
Elissa McColl writes fast-paced YA novels featuring unconventional girls. Her first novel is about ancient Amazon women warriors. Her WIP is a contemporary YA about a white-water kayaker. She spent her twenties traveling to 40+ countries and working as an Exploration Geophysicist. She has snorkeled surrounded by jellyfish, cage dived with sharks, stalked lemurs and been chased by pirates. She is an avid alpine skier and white-water kayaker and lives in Canmore, Alberta.

Hyacinthe M Miller

Hyacinthe M Miller
Hyacinthe M. Miller's debut novel, Kenora Reinvented, (Investigations, Mystery and Seasoned Romance) was published in 2019. She is also an award-winning author of short stories, magazine and newspaper articles, contemporary women's fiction and non-fiction. She's been published in Borealis magazine and in Herotica 7, Whispered Words, and Allucinor, The Elements of Romance anthologies.
Hyacinthe is a founding member and Past President of the Writers Community of York Region and belongs to professional organizations including the Alliance of Independent Authors, Romance Writers of America, Sisters in Crime and Crime Writers of Canada.
Follow her on social media: Twitter - @sassyscribbler, Instagram - s and her author page on Facebook. https://hyacinthemillerbooks.com Website: http://Between.the.Book.Sheet

Joanne Morcom

Joanne Morcom
Joanne Morcom is a Calgary poet and social worker. Her poetry is published online and in anthologies, journals and reviews. Her fifth poetry collection Big Blue Sky: Haiku and Reflections will be available soon from Painted Turtle Press. As a certified laughter leader through the World Laughter Tour, she uses the techniques of therapeutic laughter in her social work practice and life in general. She’s also exploring the connection between laughter and creativity. Joanne’s a member of Haiku Canada, Tanka Canada and The Writers Guild of Alberta. Check out her Facebook and Twitter pages.

Kenneth Neufeld

Kenneth Neufeld
Kenneth Neufeld is the author of Heartbreak and Rage: Ten Years Under Sun Myung Moon, A Cult Survivor's Memoir (2002), as well as Prophet and Loss: Tales of Extreme Beliefs (2018), . He is the author of many newspaper articles, short stories and opinion pieces about cults that have appeared in publications such as the Vancouver Sun, First Things magazine, and The Windsor Review. Mr. Neufeld resides with his family in upstate New York. Prophet and Loss received an honorary mention from the 2018 North Street Book Prize. Website: http://www.neufeldbooks.com/

Lorna Schultz Nicholson

Lorna Schultz Nicholson
Lorna Schultz Nicholson has published children’s picture books, middle grade fiction, YA fiction and hockey non-fiction. Her books have been nominated for many different awards and are often on the CBC’s Best Books for Kids and Teens list. Lorna loves travelling and presents at libraries and schools all over North America to inspire children to love reading and writing as much as she does. Lorna lives in Edmonton with her husband (Go Oilers Go) and two dogs, a whiny bichon shih tzu, and a sort-of-naughty puppy she rescued from Mexico. Website: http://www.lornaschultznicholson.com

Linda Pedley

Linda Pedley
In 2010, Linda established Dream Write Publishing as a vehicle to help promote and support fellow writers and authors. Today, the small business represents work from over 40 authors and has a catalog of over 100 books. In 2012, Linda was nominated and received the Pride of Strathcona award for the Arts, Culture & Heritage category in her community. As an active co-founding member of the Writers Foundation of Strathcona County, and a director on the board, Linda continues to promote the literary arts at events and conferences in Alberta. Linda has published 9 books and is working on 2 more. She writes fiction, non-fiction, and poetry. Website: http://www.dreamwritepublishing.ca

Andy Peloquin

Andy Peloquin
I am, first and foremost, a storyteller and an artist--words are my palette. Fantasy is my genre of choice, and I love to explore the darker side of human nature through the filter of fantasy heroes, villains, and everything in between. I'm also a freelance writer, a book lover, and a guy who just loves to meet new people and spend hours talking about my fascination for the worlds I encounter in the pages of fantasy novels.
Fantasy provides us with an escape, a way to forget about our mundane problems and step into worlds where anything is possible. It transcends age, gender, religion, race, or lifestyle--it is our way of believing what cannot be, delving into the unknowable, and discovering hidden truths about ourselves and our world in a brand new way. Fiction at its very best!

Website: http://andypeloquin.com

Mahrie G Reid

Mahrie G Reid
Her published books are The Caleb Cove Mystery Series: Came Home Dead, Came Home to a Killing, Came Home too Late. And Came Home From the Grave. The Left-Behind Bride, a historical women’s fiction, Book 10 in the Canadian Historical Brides Collection for BWL Publishing came out in April 2018. She’s also published articles, poems and short stories. Her presentations cover all areas of the writing craft and focus on mystery writing. Mahrie is a graduate of Calgary’s Citizen’s Police Academy and Private Investigation 101. She lives north of Calgary, Alberta with her hubby and a cat called Kotah.

Paula Jane Remlinger

Paula Jane Remlinger
Paula Jane Remlinger's poetry has appeared in journals and in a number of anthologies. Her first book, This Hole Called January, was published in May 2019 by Thistledown Press, and has been nominated for a Saskatchewan Book Award for Poetry.
She holds four degrees, including a Master of Arts in English from the University of Saskatchewan and a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from UBC. Under a pseudonym, she is also a prolific and award-winning writer of over 150 online stories and novels of general and m/m romance fan fiction.

Jessica Renwick

Jessica Renwick
Jessica Renwick is the author of the Starfell series for middle-grade children. The first book in the series, The Book of Chaos, has won several awards including the Children's Literary Classics Gold Award for Middle Grade General. Her short story, The Witch's Staff, is also published in the Mythical Girls anthology by Celticfrog Publishing. She loves doing school visits and meeting readers at various book signings and events across Alberta. Jessica lives in Red Deer, Alberta with her partner and pets.

Simon Rose

Simon Rose
Simon Rose is a Calgary author of sixteen novels, eight guides for writers, and more than 100 nonfiction books for children and young adults.
Simon served as the Writer-in Residence with the Canadian Authors Association and is a member of the Calgary Association of Freelance Editors. Simon also provides services for writers, including editing, coaching, and ghostwriting and offers programs for schools. He is an instructor for adults with the University of Calgary, Mount Royal University, and Chinook Learning Services and offers online workshops and courses for children and adults. Website: http://www.simon-rose.com

Claire Ryan

Claire Ryan
Claire Ryan is a writer who produces fantasy adventure, steampunk, sci-fi—basically anything weird. Yes, that is a real steel longsword.

  • She's an Irish immigrant now living the Canadian Dream in Vancouver with her husband and daughter.
  • Web programmer by day.
  • Book-binder.
  • Medieval weaponry aficionado (longsword, sidesword, greatsword, quarterstaff).
  • Noob archer (25lb recurve).
  • Martial artist (boxing and practical self-defence).

Website: https://www.claireryanauthor.com/

Randy Nikkel Schroeder

Randy Nikkel Schroeder
Randy Nikkel Schroeder is the author of Arctic Smoke (NeWest), Crooked Timber: Seven Suburban Faerie Tails (Green Magpie), and over fifty published short stories. His scholarly works include The Influence of the Imagination (McFarland), and numerous articles on speculative fiction and narrative. He lives in a treehouse with two puppets. Website: http://randynikkelschroeder.com

Andrew Snook

Andrew Snook
Andrew Snook is a professional content creator. He has been a writer and editor in the world of business-to-business publications since 2011 and was previously a newspaper reporter in the Ottawa area. His articles have been published in more than 50 local, national and international publications. Andrew won a 2019 B2B National Magazine Award (Honourable Mention - Article of the Year) and has been nominated twice for Engineers Canada’s Award of Journalism Excellence in Engineering and won the 2010 G20 Toronto National Writing Competition for Journalism Students. He is now the owner of Snookbooks Publishing, a professional content creation company. Website: http://www.snookbookspublishing.com

Danika Stone

Danika Stone
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: Fall of Night (Stonehouse, 2020), The Dark Divide (Stonehouse, 2018) and Edge Of Wild (Stonehouse, 2016). 
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 Moe Ferrara of BookEnds Literary Agency. Website: https://www.danikastone.com/

Juanita Rose Violini

Juanita Rose Violini
Juanita began working in industrial theatre in 1988 in Banff, AB. For four years she apprenticed to one of the wackiest impresarios in the Rockies before moving to Vancouver, BC and starting her own mystery entertainment company, Masterpiece Mysterys. Over the past 30 years Juanita has written more than 50 interactive scripts for company events for Microsoft, Labatts, Ford Motors and many others. Juanita has also written and illustrated a book on unsolved mysteries and unexplained phenomena, Almanac of the Infamous published by Weiser Books, and has self-published Cluetrail: From Whodunnit to Solution. . Website: http://mysteryfactory.com

Allan Weiss

Allan Weiss
Allan Weiss has published numerous short stories, both mainstream and fantasy/science fiction, in various journals and anthologies. He has published two story collections, Living Room (Boheme Press) in 2001, and Making the Rounds (Edge Publishing) in 2016; another, Telescope, will be published by Guernica Editions in 2019. His stories have appeared in Tesseracts 4, 7, and 9, and in On Spec and other magazines. Among his scholarly publications are articles on various topics in Canadian science fiction and fantasy in such journals as Science-Fiction Studies and the Journal of the Fantastic in the Arts. He is Chair of the biennial Academic Conference on Canadian Science Fiction and Fantasy, and has edited three volumes of proceedings from the conference, most recently The Canadian Fantastic in Focus, which was published by McFarland in 2014.

Lisa Wilde

Lisa Wilde
Lisa has been writing part-time for over 35 years. She was a participant of the Clarion Workshop for Science Fiction and Fantasy back in 1984, and since then has worked with some local writer’s groups, sharing the Clarion “method” of workshopping. Nowadays, most people would consider her a “dabbler”, with so many stories started and in various stages of completion that it would take the full word count allowed here to list them. She has two novels – both in the fantasy sword and sorcery genre – in the final process of being ready for publishing. She hopes to debut both of them at this year’s When Words Collide.

Amanda Witow

Amanda Witow
Amanda is the author of the historical fantasy Legend's Legacy series. With a BA in psychology and classical studies, she has had a love affair with myths and fairy tales since she was a young girl. Her passion lies in crafting intricate worlds and the characters to populate them. She is a nerd, a book lover, a wife, and a ninja. Website: http://www.agwitow.ca


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