When Words Collide  
August 9 to 11, 2019
 
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2019 Festival Guests

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

James Alan Gardner

James Alan Gardner
James Alan Gardner got his B.Math and M.Math with a thesis on black holes, then immediately began writing science fiction instead. He has published ten novels and numerous short stories, including finalists for the Nebula and Hugo, and winners for the Aurora, the Asimov's Readers' Choice award, and the Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award. His most recent novels are All Those Explosions Were Someone Else's Fault and They Promised Me The Gun Wasn't Loaded, both from Tor. In his spare time, he plays a lot of table-top role-playing games, and has recently begun writing material for Onyx Path's Scion line. In his other spare time, he teaches Kung Fu to six-year-olds. Website: https://jamesalangardner.wordpress.com

Lisa Mangum

Lisa 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 Saul

Jonas 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."
—Reviewer

Leanne Shirtliffe

Leanne 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 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/

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, will be published in 2018 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

Brandy Ackerley

Brandy Ackerley
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

Angela Ackerman
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/

Colleen Anderson

Colleen Anderson
Colleen Anderson’s 200 plus works have appeared in such venues as nEvermore!, Beauty of Death, Heroic Fantasy Quarterly, OnSpec, Amazing and Cemetery Dance. She is a three-time Aurora nominee and has received honorable mentions for poetry and fiction. Her past includes book buyer, book rep, Chizine poetry editor, Vancouver ChiSeries host, Tesseracts 17 and Playground of Lost Toys co-editor, as well as freelance copyediting. She recently received a Canada Council grant for writing. In 2018 she edited Alice Unbound: Beyond Wonderland through Exile Publishing, and Black Shuck Books, UK published her dark fiction collection A Body of Work. Website: http://www.colleenanderson.wordpress.com

Faye Arcand

Faye Arcand
Faye Arcand is an award winning short story writer, a freelance writer, columnist, and the author of a contemporary young adult novel under contract to The Rights Factory.
Arcand has a BA in Criminology and worked in “the system” for many years. She loves to travel the world to study people, cultures, and places. Arcand lives in the south Okanagan with her family, ever faithful dog, and sassy calico. Website: http://fayearcand.com

Wael Badawy

Wael Badawy
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

Jayne Barnard

Jayne Barnard
JE (Jayne) Barnard is a Calgary-based crime writer, author of the popular Maddie Hatter Adventures (Tyche Books), and The Falls Mysteries (Dundurn Press). Maddie Hatter and the Gilded Gauge is the 2018 Alberta Book of the Year for Children/Youth. When the Flood Falls won the Dundurn Unhanged Arthur Award. Her works have been shortlisted for the Prix Aurora (2x), the UK Debut Dagger, the Book Publishing in Alberta Award (2x), and three Great Canadian Story prizes. Her newest novel is Where the Ice Falls, a Christmas novel of paranormal suspense set in the Alberta foothills west of Calgary.

Martha Batiz

Martha Batiz
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

Nancy M Bell

Nancy M Bell
Nancy M Bell lives near Balzac, Alberta with her husband and various critters. She works with and fosters rescue animals. Nancy is a member of The Writers Union of Canada and the Writers Guild of Alberta. She has publishing credits in poetry, fiction, and non-fiction with over 15 novels and numerous magazine articles and poetry. Nancy has worked with developing authors of all ages to offer advice and support on their journey to publication. She has worked as a Story Coach with the Alexandra Writers Centre Society. She writes in the following genres: YA Fantasy, YA, Historical Fiction, Historical Romance, Contemporary Romance and has edited manuscripts in most fiction genres.
Website: http://www.nancymbell.ca

Shawn Bird

Shawn Bird
Shawn L. Bird lives in the beautiful Shuswap region of BC. She is the author of YA novels in her Grace Awakening series, the noir-vella Murdering Mr. Edwards that Diana Gabaldon called “Clever, funny, and totally engaging,” the Nikki Knox short story chapbooks, some poetry books, and assorted non-fiction publications including 123 Prompts for Poets and Novelists. Website: http://www.shawnbird.com

Laura VanArendonk Baugh

Laura VanArendonk Baugh
Laura VanArendonk Baugh is an award-winning writer of speculative fiction, mystery, and non-fiction. Her works have earned numerous accolades, including 3-star (the highest possible) ratings on Tangent's "Recommended Reading" list and praise from Publishers Weekly. Laura speaks professionally on a variety of topics throughout the year—in her day job she's a professional animal trainer and behavior consultant, and for a hobby an award-winning costumer—and admits a mental turning point in her career when she realized she could buy that sexy red Tesla with her books! Website: http://www.LauraVAB.com

T K Boomer

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

Susan Calder

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

Chris Patrick Carolan

Chris Patrick Carolan
Chris Patrick Carolan is an author, editor, and hovercraft enthusiast whose stories have appeared in the Enigma Front anthology series (Analemma Books, ExitZero Books), 49th Parallels: Alternative Canadian Histories and Futures (Bundoran Press), and Baby, It’s Cold Outside (Coffin Hop Press). He is Managing Editor of ExitZero Books and is currently working on revisions to his first novel, a paranormal mystery set in 1880s Halifax, Nova Scotia. You can find him on Twitter as @cpcwrites but–consider this fair warning–it’s mostly just nonsense and Simpsons memes. Website: http://www.cpcwrites.com

Karen A Chase

Karen A Chase
Originally from Calgary, Karen A. Chase is an award-winning author and photographer. Her historical novel, Carrying Independence, set during the American Revolution, debuts June 18, 2019. It secured second place in the William Faulkner, William Wisdom Unpublished Novel Competition against 502 entries. Her first book, *Bonjour 40: A Paris Travel Log*, garnered seven independent publishing awards. She is the owner of 224Design, a marketing studio with a focus on branding authors and companies. She is a member of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution, the Historical Novelist Society, the Women’s Fiction Writers Association, and James River Writers. Website: https://karenachase.com/

Victoria Chatham

Victoria Chatham
Victoria Chatham is a Calgary area writer who grew up in England and immigrated to Canada more than twenty-five years ago. She writes historical romantic fiction, and contemporary western romance. She is published by BWL Publishing Inc and the third book in her Berkeley Square Regency series will be released in July 2019. Victoria has also published short stories and articles and is a regular blogger on the BWL Insider Blog. She has taught Introductory Creative Writing classes at the Alexandra Writers Centre Society and credits them and the Calgary Association of Romance Writers of America for getting her writing career started. Now happily retired from formal employment, writing is her full-time occupation. Victoria enjoys reading (of course!), movies, and sharing a glass of good wine with friends.
Website: http://www.victoriachatham.com

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

Joe Compton

Joe Compton
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

Tracy Cooper-Posey
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

Eleanor Cowan

Eleanor Cowan
Eleanor Cowan, a Canadian teacher, writer and author of A History of a Pedophile's Wife (2013) is a twice graduate of Concordia University in Montreal, a Life Skills Educator, a passionate reader, and book reviewer. A member of Humanist Canada, Eleanor's writing analyzes crime such as pedophilia, and then, armed with knowledge, inspires readers to take full charge of their own happiness. Website: https://www.eleanorcowan.ca

Craig Dilouie

Craig Dilouie
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

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.

Adam Dreece

Adam Dreece
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.
Website: https://adamdreece.com

Jacqueline Dumas

Jacqueline Dumas
Jacqueline Dumas is a writer and educator who lives in Nova Scotia. She was a long-time resident of Edmonton, Alberta, where she ran Aspen Books (1977-1985) and latterly Orlando Books (1993-2002), a progressive, feminist bookstore that promoted countless writers from across the country. Her published works include: Madeleine & the Angel (1989), winner of the 1989 Georges Bugnet Award for Best Alberta novel, and a finalist for the 1989 Books in Canada/W.H. Smith Best First Novel Award; The Last Sigh (1993); a children’s picture book, And I’m Never Coming Back (1986); and a one-act play, Secrets, which was produced at the 2013 Edmonton International Fringe Festival. In 2012, she edited an anthology of work by second language writers, Writing in the Margins (Writers Beyond Borders). Her community involvement and commitment has earned her various awards, including awards for service to the Gay and Lesbian communities and the YWCA Woman of Distinction for the Arts. Website: http://www.jacquelinedumas.com

Jessica Fabrizius

Jessica Fabrizius
Plucked from wonderful, windy Wyoming by fate and transplanted to the Pacific Northwest, Jessica is the proud mother of things furry, lifter of things heavy, baker of things sweet, and writer of things on occasion. When she’s not busy with the above, her MS in publishing science sometimes comes in handy for her work as an editor with Pulp Literature Press.

Ron Friedman

Ron Friedman
Ron S. Friedman is an award-winning science fiction author from Calgary. His novel, TYPHOON TIME, #1 Best Seller in Time-Travel and his collection, ESCAPE VELOCITY, is Calgary Herald #1 Best Seller.
Ron is a Best Short Fiction finalist in the 2016 Aurora Awards, Canada’s premier Science-Fiction and Fantasy awards. Ron’s short stories have appeared in Galaxy’s Edge, Daily Science Fiction, Neo-Opsis, Polar Borealis, Enigma Front and in other magazines and anthologies. Ron co-edited three anthologies and he received ten Honorable Mentions in Writers of the Future Contest.
In his day job, Ron is a senior Information Technologies analyst. He is an alumni of the Launchpad Astronomy workshop: Improving Science Literacy through Words and Media. His Quora blog had been nominated for the 2018 Aurora Awards, Best Fan Publication, after Ron become a Quora most viewed author in Astronomy and Planetary Science who has attracted over two million views.
Winner of the Aurora Awards—Fan Related Other category, Ron is on the board of directors of When Words Collide festival, a former board member of the Canadian Science-Fiction and Fantasy Association, a member of SFWA, SFCanada and IFWA.
Ron is living with his loving wife and two children in Calgary, Alberta. Ron is currently working on his second novel. Website: https://ronsfriedman.wordpress.com/

Barb Galler-Smith

Barb Galler-Smith
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.

Hannah Godard

Hannah Godard
Hannah Godard is a published author of four novels from Cochrane, Alberta. Along with pursuing a career in writing, Hannah is currently a first-year student at the University of Calgary studying a combined degree in business and communication and media studies. She began writing novels at the age of 13 and has since fallen in love with the art of writing, hoping to one day have a career in writing for film and tv.

Sarah Graham

Sarah Graham
SARAH GRAHAM spent a decade as an archaeologist before becoming a Traditional Knowledge facilitator for Indigenous communities and oil companies in 2010. She was lead facilitator for JACOS who won the 2014 Responsible Canadian Energy Social Performance Award. She co-authored the bestselling police memoir Skeletons in My Closet, Life Lessons from a Homicide Detective with Dave Sweet and writes action-adventure romantic fiction under the pseudonym Sarah Kades. Her last novel, Kiss Me in the Rain has been optioned for a feature film. She sits on the board of directors of When Words Collide, teaches writing workshops, and presents internationally on community building through the arts.
Website: http://unconventionalclassroom.ca

Scott Fitzgerald Gray

Scott Fitzgerald Gray
Scott Fitzgerald Gray (9th-level layabout, vindictive neutral) is a writer of fantasy and speculative fiction, a fiction editor, a story editor, and an editor and designer of roleplaying games — all of which means he finally has the job he really wanted when he was sixteen. His work in gaming covers three editions of the Dungeons & Dragons RPG, including working as an editor on all three core rulebooks for fifth edition D&D. He shares his life in the BC hinterland with a schoolteacher, two itinerant daughters, and a number of animal companions. Website: http://insaneangel.com

Jenna Greene

Jenna Greene
Jenna Greene is a YA fantasy author from Lethbridge, Alberta. She lives with her daughter, Olivia, and her husband Scott. Her novels include the Imagine series (Imagine, Reality, Heritage), a contemporary story called Heroine, and a new dystopian novel called Reborn. When she isn't teaching or writing, she is dancing, dragonboating, or napping.

Therese Greenwood

Therese Greenwood
Fort McMurray author Therese Greenwood’s wildfire memoir What You Take With You has trended near the top of Amazon’s Natural Disasters category since its early 2019 release. She was nominated for a 2019 Crime Writers of Canada Arthur Ellis Award (her third) and won the 2019 Spur Award from the Western Writers of America for stories published by Calgary’s Coffin Hop Press. Her short fiction has appeared across Canada and the U.S., and Ellery Queen Magazine has included two of its favourite Greenwood stories in its Kindle anthologies. Website: http://therese.ca

Dawn Harvey

Dawn Harvey
Dawn Harvey is an actress, singer, voiceover artist, and writer with extensive training in singing, acting for film and stage, and voiceover. Dawn has been narrating audiobooks since 2011, training with many of the industry’s best narrators and coaches. She has narrated over 50 audiobooks and is the recipient of both Earphone and SOVAS Awards for her work. Additionally, Dawn spent several years in the oil industry and holds Bachelors and Masters of Law Degrees. Dawn has been teaching for many years, previously in the areas of law and oil & gas and, most recently, voice acting and audiobook narration.

Julie Hiner

Julie Hiner
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

C P Hoff

C P Hoff
C.P. Hoff’s debut novel, A Town Called Forget, was published in 2016 and long listed for the Leacock Medal 2017. She lives with her husband and children in small town Southern Alberta, where she contributes to the local paper. This might be impressive if she lived in New York and anyone read the local paper.

Faye Reineberg Holt

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: http://www.wordsandhistory.ca

Ron Hore

Ron Hore
Currently dreaming about sailing on Lake Winnipeg when not writing novels or critiquing for an on-line magazine, Ron once won first prize for a Canadian Authors Association short story contest. Since then he has written and had published several novella or novel-length works and trilogies including speculative fiction and medieval-style fantasies. A member of several writing groups, he is currently on the national executive of the Canadian Authors Association. , and supervised by his usually understanding wife and a large demanding cat, his efforts continue toward fantasy, with occasional lapses into science fiction. www.ronaldhore.com Website: http://ronaldhore.com

Jessica Jackson

Jessica Jackson
Jessica L. Jackson has published four novellas, 12 novels, 1 compilation, and a collection of short stories as Jessica Lund. She enjoys writing in a variety of romance sub-genres. “There are no genres out there that cannot be turned into a romance. That is what I like best about writing them. The world, as they say, is our oyster. And the pearl is the romantic core.” Jessica, mother of three, lives in Southern Alberta with her English husband and one cat. Website: http://www.jessicaljackson.com

Jim Jackson

Jim Jackson
Author, speaker and gentleman Jim Jackson is a Calgary Herald bestselling author, vintage leather jacket enthusiast and dabbler in the dark arts of blues music. Jim’s mission is to show how the stories we all grew up with – the heroes, the monsters, the adventures – are still solid, muscular realities that shape our lives.
He’s the creator of the storytelling guide How to Tell a Really Good Story about Absolutely Anything in 4 Easy Steps, a handful of pulp mythology books and the blues record Flypaper Motel.
Website: http://www.reallygoodstory.com

Sarah L Johnson

Sarah L Johnson
Sarah L. Johnson lives in Calgary where she wrangles literary events at an indie bookstore, runs ultra marathons, and does daily battle with curly hair. Her short fiction has appeared in Room Magazine, Plenitude, Shock Totem, Year's Best Hardcore Horror Vol. 2 (Red Room Press), the Bram Stoker nominated Dark Visions 1 (Grey Matter Press), and Christopher Golden’s forthcoming Twisted Book of Shadows (Haverhill Press). She’s the author of Suicide Stitch: Eleven Tales (EMP Publishing) and Infractus (Coffin Hop Press). Website: http://sarahljohnson.com/

Kay Johnston

Kay Johnston
Kay lives in Salmon Arm, British Columbia. She has had a selection of poems and short pieces published. Her first book, Spirit of Powwow, Hancock House, has now sold approximately 3,000 copies, making it a Canadian best seller.
Her new book, The Amazing Mazie Baker, Squamish Nation’s Warrior Elder, Caitlin Press, is a memoir with a Foreword by Senator Pat Carney. It has received excellent reviews and was nominated for a BC Book Prize and for The BC Historical Federation Book Award.
Kay has given different types of presentations and writing workshops in England, throughout BC, Alberta, Texas and in the Western United States. In 2019 she will be giving workshops on writing a memoir in August at When Words Collide in Calgary and in April at Kwantlen University Others are in the works.
She has a BA in English Literature and a Masters in Counselling Psychology. She was a counselor at Salmon Arm Senior High School from 1973-1981 when she was seconded by the Attorney General to work with the provincial Counter Attack programme. She returned to Counselling in 1996 and retired in 2004 and quickly returned to the place she always loved - Salmon Arm. She is a member of The Writers’ Union of Canada, The Federation of BC Writers, Shuswap Writers Group, a Director of the Shuswap District Arts Council, President of the Shuswap Association of Writers and Festival Chair for Word on the Lake Writers’ Festival Website: http://www.wordonthelakewritersfesival.com

Ariel Kroon

Ariel Kroon
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

J M Landels

J M Landels
JM Landels, writer and illustrator of the Allaigna's Song trilogy and co-founder of Pulp Literature Press wears far too many hats. The strange mix of a degree in Mediaeval English Literature, a misspent youth fronting alternative punk bands Mad Seraphim and Stiff Bunnies, and a career as a childbirth educator and doula informs her work. These days, when she isn't writing, editing or drawing, she can be found heading up the Mounted Combat Program for Academie Duello in Vancouver BC where she swings swords and rides horses for fun and profit. Website: http://www.pulpliterature.com

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

Adria Laycraft

Adria Laycraft
Editor, author, and artisan, Adria once upon a time earned honours in Journalism Arts from SAIT. She co-edited the Urban Green Man anthology in 2013, which was nominated for an Aurora Award. Look for her debut novel Jumpship Hope from Tyche Books this summer, and find her short stories in Orson Scott Card's IGMS, the Third Flatiron anthologies Abbreviated Epics and Only Disconnect, FAE and Corvidae anthologies, Tesseracts 16, Neo-opsis, On-Spec, James Gunn's Ad Astra, and Hypersonic Tales, among others. Adria is a grateful member of Calgary's IFWA, a proud survivor of the Odyssey Writers Workshop, and runs WWC's Hidden Art Show.
Website: http://adrialaycraft.com

Merilyn Ruth Liddell

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. She is a founding member of the writing group Crowsnest Critters. Tomorrow, published by EDGE Science Fiction and Fantasy Publishing, is her first novel. Website: https://www.merilynruthliddell.com

Ceallaigh S MacCath-Moran

Ceallaigh S MacCath-Moran
Ceallaigh S. MacCath-Moran (C.S. MacCath) is a PhD candidate in Folklore at the Memorial University of Newfoundland and a writer of fiction, non-fiction and poetry whose work has been shortlisted for the Washington Science Fiction Association Small Press Award, nominated for the Pushcart Prize, and nominated for the Rhysling Award. Her first collection, The Ruin of Beltany Ring, has been called 'wonderful, thoroughly engaging, always amazing' and a book of 'tiny marvels'. Advance reviewers have called her second collection, *The Longest Road in the Universe*, 'a vivid, epic and touching journey', 'elegant and elegiac', and 'packed full of lush worlds, lyrical prose, three-dimensional characters and honest emotions'. She lives in Atlantic Canada. Website: http://www.csmaccath.com

Chris Marrs

Chris Marrs
Chris Marrs lives in Calgary, Alberta with her daughter, a cat, and a ferret. She has stories in A Darke Phantastique (Cycatrix Press-2014), the Bram Stoker winning The Library of the Dead (Written Backwards Press-2015), and in Dark Discoveries Issue #25/Femme Fatale, October 2013. Bad Moon Books published her first novella Everything Leads Back to Alice in the Fall of 2013. Her novella, Wild Woman, was published in September 2015 as part of JournalStone’s DoubleDown series. Entangled Soul, a collaborative novella with Gene O’Neill, was published by Thunderstorm Books in November 2016. January Friday the 13th, 2017 saw the publication of Intersections: Six Tales of Ouija Horror in which her story Sounds in Silence appears. She had two stories available with Great Jones Street short story app. And is a member of the Horror Writer's Association. Instagram: hauntedmarrs Website: http://www.hauntedmarrs.com

Ann Marston

Ann Marston
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.

Arlene F Marks

Arlene F Marks
Born and raised in Toronto, Arlene F. Marks began writing at the age of 6, and she can't seem to stop. A veteran teacher of the craft, she is the author of two literacy programs for the classroom, as well as From First Word to Last: The Craft of Writing Popular Fiction, The Accidental God, and (from EDGE Publishing) Sic Transit Terra, a series of sf novels set at the turn of the 25th century, including Book 5: The Cockroach Crusade (a spring 2019 release). She is currently hard at work on Book 6, among other writing projects. Website: http://www.thewritersnest.ca

Jay Martin

Jay Martin
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: https://jaymartinwrites.wordpress.com

Rena Mason

Rena Mason
Rena Mason is a three-time Bram Stoker Award® winning author of The Evolutionist and East End Girls, as well as a 2014 Stage 32 /The Blood List Presents®: The Search for New Blood Screenwriting Contest Quarter-Finalist. She’s had nearly two dozen stories published in various anthologies and magazines including Cemetery Dance and Nightmare and writes a monthly column. Her latest work, Clevengers of the Carrion Sea is in The Seven Deadliest by Cutting Block Books.
She is a member of the Horror Writers Association, Mystery Writers of America, International Thriller Writers, The International Screenwriters' Association, and the Public Safety Writers Association.
A registered nurse and avid scuba diver, she has traveled the world and enjoys incorporating those experiences into her stories. She currently resides in Reno, Nevada with her family and often escapes to her home in the Pacific Northwest. Twitter: @renamason88 Facebook: Instagram: rena.mason http://www.RenaMason.Ink
Website: http://www.RenaMason.Ink

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/

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 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.

Pamela McDowell

Pamela McDowell
Pamela McDowell received her first write-for-hire book contract in 2010. Since then she has written more than 50 non-fiction books for children, all on contract. Her books can be found in schools and public libraries in Canada and the U.S. Her books are closely tied to school curricula in Kindergarten to Grade Seven and include titles such as Animals in My Backyard: Wolves, Canadian Prime Ministers: Justin Trudeau, and Dirty Jobs: Exterminator.
Website: http://www.pamelamcdowell.ca

Sherry Wilson McEwen

Sherry Wilson McEwen
After a lengthy career as a technical communicator (writing, editing), Sherry returned to fiction writing and recently completed a mystery novel. At the 2018 WWC festival she took first place in the Robyn Herrington Memorial Short Story Contest, “In Places Between”, and in a previous life, won the Calgary Herald $1,000 short story contest. Sherry has published a number of magazine articles and book reviews. As Managing Editor at Detselig Enterprises, Calgary, she edited over twenty trade paperback books and academic texts, as well as a full-length novel. She is past president and program coordinator of the Calgary Association for Freelance Editors, and a member of the Society for Technical Communication.

Alex McGilvery

Alex McGilvery
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

Joanne Morcom
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. As well she "boxes" her poetry, using material sourced locally and internationally. Check out her poetry on her Twitter and Facebook pages.

Diane Morrison

Diane Morrison
Diane Morrison is a SFF hybrid author and owner of Aradia Publishing, a brand-new Canadian micropress. She manages the SFWA YouTube channel, where she gets to interview some of her favourite writers and professionals in science fiction/fantasy. Under her pen name Sable Aradia she is also a successful Pagan author and professional blogger.* A connoisseur of all things nerdy from Dungeons & Dragons to the SCA, she lives with her partners and a three-legged rescue cat in Vernon, BC, where she was born and raised. Website: http://www.dianemorrisonfiction.com

Carrie Mumford

Carrie Mumford
Carrie Mumford has lived on both the East and West coasts of Canada, and many places in between. Her short fiction has appeared in RavensPerch, ShortEdition, Dying Dahlia Review, and other fine journals. Carrie is the author of Magpie, a collection of flash fiction, and All But What’s Left, a coming-of-age novel set in rural Alberta. Carrie now lives in Calgary with her husband, three naughty cats, and one rambunctious dog.
Website: https://www.carriemumford.com

Nina Munteanu

Nina Munteanu
Nina Munteanu is a Canadian ecologist / limnologist and internationally published author of award-nominated speculative novels, short stories and non-fiction. She currently teaches writing at the University of Toronto. Her latest book Water Is...—a scientific study and personal journey as limnologist, mother, teacher and environmentalist—was recently picked by Margaret Atwood in the NY Times as 2016 ‘The Year in Reading’. Website: http://www.NinaMunteanu.ca

Claudiu Murgan

Claudiu Murgan
Claudiu Murgan is a SFF hybrid author that writes to inspire a more conscious living.
He has extensive experience as an entrepreneur in IT, renewable energies, art and real estate investments. His books have been translated into Romanian. Claudiu was featured in Donna Seebo Show - Delphi Vision Broadcasting, Niccie Kliegl's Show - Living Within the Sweet Spot, Sci-Fi Talk with Tony Tellado, to name a few. Claudiu and Nina Munteanu are working on a podcast, Age of Water, to be launched at the end of 2019. Website: http://www.claudiumurgan.com

Brent Nichols

Brent Nichols
Brent Nichols is a fantasy and science fiction writer, book cover designer, bon vivant, and man about town. He likes good beer, bad puns, high adventure and low comedy. He has two novels with Bundoran Press, and self-publishes military science fiction under the pen name Jake Elwood. . Website: http://CoolSeriesCovers.com

Rick Overwater

Rick Overwater
Rick Overwater is a long-time Calgary-based journalist, fiction author, and nationally-distributed recording artist/songwriter. His crime and speculative fiction is available in a number of anthologies, his non-fiction has appeared in publications ranging from Snowboard Canada to the Globe and Mail, and his songs have graced many Canadian campus radio top-ten charts. His latest graphic novel, Futility: Orange Planet Horror was recently published by Coffin Hop Press. Currently, he is midway through his Master’s Degree in Creative Writing at the University of British Columbia and studies graphic novel writing under critically-acclaimed graphic novelist and instructor Sarah Leavitt.
Website: http://www.overwater.ca

Joshua Pantalleresco

Joshua Pantalleresco
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

Rhonda Parrish

Rhonda Parrish
Rhonda is the editor of many anthologies including, most recently, Earth: Giants, Golems and Gargoyles, Grimm, Grit and Gasoline: An anthology of Dieselpunk and Decopunk Fairy Tales and F is for Fairy.
In addition, Rhonda is a writer whose work has been in publications such as Tesseracts 17: Speculating Canada from Coast to Coast and Imaginarium: The Best Canadian Speculative Writing (2012 & 2015). Her collection of true Edmonton ghost stories, Eerie Edmonton, and her YA paranormal thriller, Hollow, are both forthcoming in 2020. Website: http://www.rhondaparrish.com

Winston Pei

Winston Pei
For the purposes of When Words Collide, Winston Pei is a reader, book collector, and print culture scholar/philosopher. He’s also many other things. His career aspirations include ‘Jack of All Trades, Master of None, but Ofttimes Better Than a Master of One’ and, in the spirit of Dirk Gently, ‘Wholistic Librarian.’ If you insist on a “real” answer, Winston serves as Digital Content Strategist for the University of Alberta Faculty of Engineering, President of the Kokopelli Choir Association, and proud dad of three young adult humans. He’s also many other things. He sometimes wrecks books for fun.
Website: http://blackriders.com

Celeste A Peters

Celeste A Peters
Celeste A. Peters is a dreamer and schemer of speculative fiction. Her work has been published in Edge Science Fiction and Fantasy’s Urban Green Man anthology, Solarwyrm’s Amok: Anthology of Asia-Pacific Speculative Fiction, and in every issue of the Enigma Front anthology series to date. She was twice a finalist in the Robyn Herrington Memorial Short Story Contest, and also received an Aurora Award nomination in 2017 as editor of the Enigma Front: Burnt anthology. Celeste resides in Calgary, Alberta, where she benefits greatly from the help and encouragement of her friends in the Imaginative Fiction Writers' Association. Website: http://www.celestepeters.com

David A Poulsen

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.

Marie Powell

Marie Powell
Marie Powell is the author of 40 children’s books with such traditional publishers as Amicus, Scholastic Education, Crabtree, and Lerner/Lightning Bolt. Her award-winning short stories and poetry appear in subTerrain, Room, Transition, and similar literary magazines, and her nonfiction appears in more than 75 print, online, and broadcast markets. She holds a Master of Fine Arts (MFA) in Creative Writing from the University of British Columbia, among other degrees. Marie lives on Treaty 4 land in Regina, Saskatchewan. Website: https://mariepowell.ca

Jennifer Rahn

Jennifer Rahn
Jennifer Rahn was born in Saskatoon, Canada and raised in Sherwood Park, Canada. She holds two degrees in Pharmacology and one in Medical Sciences (Laboratory Medicine and Pathology), all from the University of Alberta. She loves Shakespeare, manga, and anything written by Joan D. Vinge, Tanith Lee or Dean Koontz. Website: http://longevitythesis.ca

Tim Reynolds

Tim Reynolds
Tim Reynolds grew up in Toronto but has called Calgary home since 1999. He lives a quiet, peaceful, cluttered life with his dog, two cats, and a collection of musical instruments he has neither the talent nor the self-discipline to play.
An internationally-published writer/photographer/artist, "Canada's modern-day Aesop" (CBC Radio) writes his stories "from the character on up", and is currently writing in the mystery, historical, sci-fi, thriller, and romantic comedy genres, though not all at the same time. Mostly.
2019's The Sisterhood of the Black Dragonfly is his third published novel. He also has a self-help book, a collection of short stories, and writes a quarterly humour column for SEARCH Magazine out of California. His local-bestseller novel Waking Anastasia (Tyche Books) was longlisted for the $10,000 2017 Alberta Reader's Choice Award. Website: http://www.tgmreynolds.com

Mike Rimar

Mike Rimar
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.mikerimar.com

Alexandra Risen

Alexandra Risen
Alexandra Risen is the best-selling author of UNEARTHED, a memoir about preserving love, family and cultural legacy through our interconnectedness with nature. Published in Canada and the U.S., UNEARTHED was shortlisted for the Kobzar Literary Award and the Frank Hegyi Award for Emerging Authors.
Alexandra is a co-founding editor of the online literary magazine http://donttalktomeaboutlove.org, which explores the topic of love in fiction, non-fiction, poetry and art. The international e-magazine prides itself on publishing established authors, as well as supporting emerging debut writers.
She holds a Certificate in Creative Writing, a Diploma in Urban Planning, a Bachelor of Commerce Degree, and a Masters of Business Administration. Born in Edmonton to Ukrainian immigrant parents, Alexandra has lived her life in thirds in Alberta, Quebec and Ontario, and is an ardent believer of the restorative power of nature on our daily lives.
A Free Little Library steward and a director of the Toronto Botanical Gardens, Alexandra lives in Ontario with her husband, son and her rescued dog, Hunter. Website: http://alexandrarisen.com

Simon Rose

Simon Rose
Simon Rose is a Calgary author of fifteen novels, eight guides for writers, and more than 100 nonfiction books for children and young adults.
Simon is an instructor for adults with the University of Calgary, Mount Royal University, and Chinook Learning Services and offers online workshops and courses for both children and adults. Simon also provides services for writers, including editing, coaching, manuscript evaluation, and ghostwriting. He offers programs for schools, covering the writing process, editing and revision, where ideas come from, character development, historical fiction, story structure, and the publishing world.
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.
Irish expat 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-defense). Website: http://www.claireryanauthor.com

Gail Sattler

Gail Sattler
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

David Sweet

David Sweet
DAVID SWEET is an active-duty homicide detective with a large, western Canadian police service with twenty years on the job. He has worked in the Drug Unit and the Organized Crime Section, and he teaches new recruits and presents at law enforcement conferences and various community groups. In addition to a Distinguished Service Award in 2010, Detective Sweet received the Chief’s Award for Excellence in Investigation in 2017. He co-authored the bestselling police memoir Skeletons in My Closet, Life Lessons from a Homicide Detective with Sarah Kades Graham. Website: http://unconventionalclassroom.ca

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 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.
Website: https://www.danikastone.com

Frank Talaber

Frank Talaber
When Frank Talaber is asked about his writing style, he usually responds with: Mix Dan Millman (Way of The Peaceful Warrior) with Charles De Lint (Moonheart), and throw in a mad scattering of Tom Robbins (Even Cowgirls Get The Blues). Or as is often said: You don’t have to be mad to be a writer, but it sure helps. Frank has several novels published in the genres of urban fantasy, paranormal thriller and romance. He has also written in science fiction, spiritual and comedy genres.
Website: https://franktalaberpublishedauthor.wordpress.com

Diane Terrana

Diane Terrana
Diane is the Executive Editor at The Rights Factory, a Toronto literary agency, and she teaches in the Creative Writing program in the University of Toronto's SCS. Her debut YA novel, The World on Either Side, will be launched this September by Orca Book Publishers—with a pre-release exclusive for When Words Collide. Diane lives in the GTA with her husband, youngest son, calico cat and Siberian husky. (Two of her kids have left home, but have yet to clean out their bedrooms.)
Diane spent her childhood in Calgary and is thrilled to be back for the festival.

Barbara Thompson

Barbara Thompson
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 Vadori

Suzy Vadori
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

P J Vernon

P J Vernon
P. J. Vernon writes psychological suspense and is "a name to watch in the thriller genre" (Booklist). Library Journal and Book Riot compare his critically-acclaimed Gothic debut When You Find Me (Crooked Lane Books) to Gillian Flynn's Sharp Objects. His debut has sold in multiple countries, languages and formats, including the re-titled *Une Certaine Annie* in French (La Martiniere) and French-Canadian (Guy Saint-Jean). He is represented by CookeMcDermid Literary Mgmt and United Talent Agency (film). Website: http://pjvernonbooks.com/

Alan Weiss

Alan 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.

Elizabeth Whitton

Elizabeth Whitton
Elizabeth Whitton is a speculative fiction author. Her debut YA novel, HOUSES OF THE OLD BLOOD, was co-winner for the 2018 Aurora Award for Best YA Novel. Her short story, THE CALLING, (under Elizabeth Grotkowski) was an Aurora Award finalist. Three of her short stories have appeared in the Enigma Front anthologies. THE GOLD FLAME OF SENICA, book two in her “Houses of the Old Blood” series, will be released this summer. Elizabeth is a member of IFWA, and is the Science Fiction/Fantasy Program Coordinator for the When Words Collide Festival. She is happiest pounding on her laptop after midnight while listening to alt rock and ignoring pleas from her family to go to bed. She lives with her husband and daughter in Calgary, Alberta. Website: http://www.elizabethwhitton.com

Lisa Wilde

Lisa Wilde
Lisa has been writing part-time for a number of years – over 35 at last count. 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 – which have gotten to that magical “first draft completed” stage. The first one – started so very long ago it was created on a typewriter – has been now been fully transcribed into the computer, and is currently undergoing the first stage of editing. The second began its life on the computer and has passed that first stage of editing and is about to progress into the second stage. She hopes to debut both of them at next year’s When Words Collide. In the meantime, she continues to work on other stories currently in development, as well as to be part of the fledgling Prairie Owl Publishing, a company started by her daughter Amanda Witow, another WWC presenter.

Edward Willett

Edward Willett
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

Talena Winters

Talena Winters
Talena Winters is addicted to stories, tea, chocolate, yarn, and silver linings. She writes page-turning fiction for teens and adults in multiple genres, coaches other writers, has written several award-winning songs, designs knitting patterns under her label My Secret Wish, and is lead writer for Move Up magazine. She currently resides on an acreage in the Peace Country of northern Alberta, Canada, with her husband, three surviving boys, two dogs, and an assortment of farm cats. She would love to be a mermaid when she grows up. Website: http://www.talenawinters.com/

Amanda Witow

Amanda Witow
Amanda graduated in 2012 with a BA in psychology and classical studies, and has had a love affair with myths and fairy tales since she was a young girl. She writes about heroic and less-than-heroic characters overcoming challenges, subverting tropes, and learning more about themselves and the world around them. But mostly, she writes fun stories. Website: http://www.agwitow.ca

P.D Workman

P.D Workman
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 Yanchak

Natalia Yanchak
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 Zwikstra

Monica Zwikstra
Monica Zwikstra is a member of Crowsnest Critters, 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, her flash fiction Humanity was published in Polar Borealis Magazine in the fall of 2018 and her fantasy novel, Alban's Choice is expected in July of 2019. Website: http://www.monicazwikstra.com