When Words Collide  
August 9 to 11, 2019
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The Ninth Annual Edition of When Words Collide

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2019 Festival Guests

Charles de LintCharles 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/

Charles de Lint writes like a magician. He draws out the strange inside our own world, weaving stories that feel more real than we are when we read them. He is, simply put, the best.
—Holly Black (bestselling author)
Charles de Lint is the modern master of urban fantasy. Folktale, myth, fairy tale, dreams, urban legend—all of it adds up to pure magic in de Lint's vivid, original world. No one does it better.
—Alice Hoffman (bestselling author)
To read de Lint is to fall under the spell of a master storyteller, to be reminded of the greatness of life, of the beauty and majesty lurking in shadows and empty doorways.
—Robert Wiersema, for Quill & Quire

Kat FlanneryKat 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.
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Website: https://www.katflannerybooks.com/

Lisa MangumLisa Mangum
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 SaulJonas Saul
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/

"Sarah Roberts is one in a million. If you're her friend, she'll crawl through Hell to protect you. If you're her enemy, she'll send you there."

Leanne ShirtliffeLeanne Shirtliffe
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 CarduiVanessa 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/

Confirmed Presenters / Panelists

Randy McCharlesRandy 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/

Monica Sagle ZwikstraMonica 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: