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2019 Festival Guests


Tasha Alexander
The daughter of two philosophy professors, I grew up surrounded by books. I was convinced from an early age that I was born in the wrong century and spent much of my childhood under the dining room table pretending it was a covered wagon. Even there, I was never without a book in hand and lovedreading and history more than anything. I studied English Literature and Medieval History at the University of Notre Dame. Writing is a natural offshoot of reading, and my first novel, And Only to Deceive, was published in 2005. I'm the author of the long-running Lady Emily Series as well as the novel Elizabeth: The Golden Age. One of the best parts of being an author is seeing your books translated, and I'm currently in love with the Japanese editions of the Emily books.
I played nomad for a long time, living in Indiana, Amsterdam, London, Wyoming, Vermont, Connecticut, and Tennessee before settling down. My husband, the brilliant British novelist Andrew Grant (I may be biased but that doesn't mean I'm wrong) and I live in southeastern Wyoming. I still don't have a covered wagon, but a log house goes a long way toward fulfilling my pioneer fantasies. Andrew makes sure I get my English characters right, and I make sure his American ones sound American.
www.tashaalexander.com

Peter V Brett

Peter V. Brett
Peter V. Brett is the internationally bestselling author of the Demon Cycle series, which has sold over two million copies in 25 languages worldwide. Novels include The Warded Man, The Desert Spear, The Daylight War and The Skull Throne. The final novel in the series, The Core, will be published in August 2017. He lives in Manhattan.
www.petervbrett.com

Andrew Grant

Andrew Grant
Andrew Grant was born in Birmingham, England. He graduated in English Literature and Drama from the University of Sheffield, ran an independent theatre company, then fell into the telecommunications industry. Fifteen years later he escaped and established himself as the author of the critically-acclaimed novels Even, Die Twice, More Harm Than Good, RUN, False Positive, False Friend, and False Witness. His next thriller—Untouchable—will be published in January 2019. He is married to novelist Tasha Alexander and the couple live on a nature preserve in southeast Wyoming.
andrewgrantbooks.com

Harold Johnson

Harold Johnson
Harold Johnson is the author of five novels and two works of non-fiction. Corvus was nominated for the 2016 Saskatchewan Book Award for Aboriginal Peoples' Writing, and his fourth novel, The Cast Stone, won the 2011 Saskatchewan Book Award for Fiction. He has served in the Canadian Navy, worked as a packsack miner and logger, and holds a Master of Law degree from Harvard University. He worked most recently as a Crown Prosecutor in La Ronge. He lives with his wife Joan at the north end of Montreal Lake where they continue the traditions of trapping and commercial fishing common to Johnson's Cree background.

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 Bloodbound series of fantasy novels and the Nicolas Lenoir series of paranormal detective novels. Her debut historical mystery, Murder on Millionaires’ Row, hits shelves October 2018. She divides her time between Calgary and Brooklyn with her husband and a pair of half-domesticated cats.
http://erin-lindsey.com/, facebook.com/ELTettensor, and twitter.com/ETettensor.

Sam Morgan

Sam Morgan
A lifelong fan of nerd culture, Sam Morgan was raised in North Carolina and attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he majored in Communications: Media Studies and Production. He moved to New York City after graduating and soon thereafter began his agenting career at the Jabberwocky Literary Agency. He has worked with many genre writers including Brandon Sanderson, Charlaine Harris, and Jack Campbell and is actively building his client list.
Sam represents fantasy and science fiction, with an emphasis on unique, challenging, and diverse voices showcasing unforgettable characters and plots. He will also consider commercial fiction with a fresh approach to a classic idea or an appeal to humor.
http://foundrymedia.com/team/sam/

Arthur Slade

Arthur Slade
Arthur Slade was raised on a ranch in the Cypress Hills of Saskatchewan. He is the author of twenty novels for young readers including The Hunchback Assignments, which won the prestigious TD Canadian Children's Literature Award and the Grand Prix de l'Imaginaire (France). He also penned Dust, winner of the Governor General's Award for Children's Literature, and co-created the graphic novel Modo: Ember's End. He is a hybrid author who publishes traditionally and experiments with self publishing, including Kickstarter, audiobooks and ebooks. He lives in Saskatoon, Canada. He does all of his writing on a treadmill desk.
http://www.arthurslade.com//


Returning Festival Guests from Previous Years


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.

Jacqueline Guest

Jacqueline Guest
International award winning author of seventeen novels, Jacqueline Guest has stood on an iceberg, flown a kite in a hurricane and worn bedroom slippers in Parliament all in the name of research. Topics for her fast paced books range from deadly video games to helpful ghosts and everything in between!

Brian Hades

Brian Hades
Brian Hades started his professional life at the age of seven—as a magician. Brian is now the head of EDGE Science Fiction and Fantasy Publishing, Canada's largest genre book publisher.
As head of EDGE, Hades is leading the Canadian campaign to add respectability to the often ghettoized genres of fantasy, science fiction, and horror. A quick glance of his releases this year--which include titles under Hades' three imprints: EDGE Science Fiction and Fantasy Publishing, Tesseract Books and Absolute XPress--shows that its international roster of authors tackles a wide variety of speculative fiction concerns.

Sam Hiyate

Sam Hiyate
Sam worked at the literary magazines Blood & Aphorisms and The Quarterly in the 90s. He ran the edgy micropublisher, Gutter Press, from 1993 to 2002, as publisher. He launched the literary division of The Lavin Agency in 2003, where he built a list of clients and did his first deals.

Sam’s projects for the agency have been in various categories, including memoir, literary and commercial fiction, narrative non-fiction and graphic novels. He’s looking for works of all categories with distinct and compelling voices. He loved to discover and help new writers prepare their works for the market, and to help them build a career with their talent.

Sam is actively speaking about creative writing, publishing and agenting. his newest project is donttalktomeaboutlove.com, a LitSite with writing and art about love.

Website: http://therightsfactory.com/agents/sam-hiyate/

Guy Gavriel Kay

Guy Gavriel Kay
Guy Gavriel Kay has published thirteen novels which have been translated into 30 languages and have appeared on bestseller lists around the world. He is also the author of the poetry collection, Beyond This Dark House. His most recent work is Children of Earth and Sky, published in May 2016. Before beginning his career as a novelist, Kay was retained by the Estate of J.R.R. Tolkien to assist in the editorial construction of The Silmarillion, the first and best-known of the posthumously published Tolkien works.

Kay has twice won the Aurora Award, is a multiple World Fantasy Award nominee, and won that award in 2008 for Ysabel. He also won the Sunburst Award for Under Heaven, and is the recipient of the International Goliardos Prize for his contributions to the literature of the fantastic. In 2014 he was invested with the Order of Canada, the country's highest civilian honour.

Website: www.brightweavings.com
Photo credit: Samantha Kidd

Adrienne Kerr

Adrienne Kerr
Adrienne Kerr is a Toronto-based freelance editor with over twenty years of experience in book publishing, and expertise in retail, sales, acquisitions, and editing. As Senior Editor at Penguin Random House Canada, she acquired and edited thirty national bestsellers. The Canadian Booksellers' Association named her Editor of the Year in 2011 and Sales Rep of the Year in 2009. She lectures on publishing topics at Ryerson University in Toronto. www.adriennekerr.net

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.

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 writing courses at University of Iowa. She holds memberships in The Writers Union of Canada, Writers Guild of Alberta, CANSCAIP and YABS, several museums, and is a charter member of Canadian Women in Aviation International (Rocky Mountain High).
Awards include the 99’s Canadian Award in Aviation; Distinguished Alumni, Athabasca University (2001-2); Emerald Award finalist for environmental writing; Alberta and BC nonfiction prizes for This Was Our Valley (currently being updated/expanded for spring 2018 release).
She was employed for a number of years at Calgary’s Aero Space Museum (The Hangar Flight Museum), and recently completed a project as Historian for Calgary International Airport.
Website: www.ssmatheson.ca.

Robert Runté

Robert Runté
Robert Runté PhD is Senior Editor at SFeditor.ca, and EssentialEdits.ca. In addition to writing dozens of conference papers, articles, book chapters, and entries in the Encyclopedia of Literature in Canada, he was one of the founders of SF Canada and has won three Aurora Awards for his promotion of Canadian SF. Two of the first novels he edited for new authors were nominated for Auroras, and one of his own humour pieces is currently nominated for "Best Short Fiction". He is married, has two daughters, and writes and edits using a treadmill desk.

Confirmed Presenters / Panelists

Angela Ackerman

Angela Ackerman
ANGELA ACKERMAN is a writing coach, international speaker, and co-author of six bestselling resources including The Emotion Thesaurus: A Writer’s Guide to Character Expression. A proud indie author, her books are available in six languages, are sourced by universities, and 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 online library filled with unique tools to help writers elevate their storytelling.

Brent Anderson

Brent Anderson
BA Anderson is not an author, that's something fancy, but just a guy who wrote some stories and continues to meddle in that sandbox. He took to writing out of frustration. After seeing post-apocalyptic movies and television that use stupidity as a plot device, it wore him down, forcing him to write a story of his own. His life-long passion for martial arts, interests in survivalism, and shooting all colour his writing. He lies awake at night imagining how wrong things could go, dreaming of a darker future.

Wael Badawy

Wael Badawy
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. Dr Badawy 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. www.winyourbrand.com

Jayne Barnard

Jayne Barnard
JE (Jayne) Barnard is a Calgary author of Speculative Fiction and Contemporary Mystery, with 25 years of short fiction in mystery, history, and speculative fiction behind her . Her Maddie Hatter Adventures (Tyche Books) are shortlisted for the Prix Aurora and the Books Publishing in Alberta Award (2016 and 2018). Her newly-released mystery novel, When the Flood Falls (Dundurn Press) won the 2016 Unhanged Arthur. She lives in a vine-covered cottage, keeping cats and secrets.

Ella Beaumont

Ella Beaumont
Ella Beaumont has been professionally involved in the industry in one capacity or another for almost a decade having worked in sales, marketing, book packaging, and editing. After a year and a half as acquisitions editor for EDGE Science Fiction and Fantasy Publishing, she branched out on her own to explore self-publishing with her fiancé, Ron Bender. They are currently working on publishing his extensive science fiction cyberpunk series. Ella Beaumont takes pride in fostering talent in the literary arts community and offers her services freelance to the right client. Connect with Ella via email at edgeofspeech@gmail.com

EC Bell

EC Bell
E.C. Bell is the award winning author of the Marie Jenner Mystery series. Her short fiction has been published in On Spec and various anthologies, and she edits fiction and nonfiction. In her spare time she enjoys constantly renovating her round house, where she lives with her husband and two rescue dogs.

Nancy M Bell

Nancy M Bell
Nancy M Bell has publishing credits in poetry, fiction and non-fiction. Nancy has presented at the Surrey International Writers Conference, the Writers Guild of Alberta Conference and When Words Collide. For the past four years she has been invited to share her poetry at the Stephan G Stephansson House Poetry at Stephan's House celebration in July. She lives near Balzac, Alberta with her husband and various critters. She loves all animals and fosters and works with rescue animals. Nancy is a member of The Writers Union of Canada and the Writers Guild of Alberta. Her latest novel is Landmark Roses which is part of a series celebrating Canada's 150th birthday. www.nancymbell.ca. You can find her on Facebook at http://facebook.com/NancyMBell. Follow on twitter: @emilypikkasso

Shawn L Bird

Shawn L Bird
Shawn Bird is an author, poet, and high school teacher in the Shuswap region of BC. She is the auther of Murdering Mr. Edwards, a noir-vella Diana Gabaldon calls "clever, funny, and completely engaging," as well as Grace Awakening Dreams and Power, a YA novel. She maintains a poetry (etc) blog at www.shawnbird.com.

Robert Bose

Robert Bose
Robert Bose is an author as well as a senior editor/publisher at Coffin Hop Press. Besides editing anthologies such as It's a Weird Winter Wonderland, his genre spanning fiction has been published in a variety of publications including the short story collection Fishing with the Devil.

Bob Bott

Bob Bott
Robert (Bob) Bott is a Calgary-based writer, editor, and communications consultant specializing in energy, forestry, and the environment. He worked as a wire service and newspaper journalist from 1965 to 1977. As a freelancer since then, he has written for magazines, radio, television, books, and various corporate, government, and educational clients. He was a contract writer for two major National Energy Board reports and author or co-author of books on energy conservation, pipelines, the University of Calgary, oil and gas, forestry, and land reclamation. This is his 40th year as a member of PWAC.

Dave Butler

Dave Butler
Dave Butler is the author of the Jenny Willson mystery series, published by Dundurn Press. He's a forester and biologist living in Cranbrook, British Columbia, in the shadow of the Rocky Mountains. His writing and photography have appeared in numerous Canadian publications. He's a Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal winner, and a Fellow of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society. When he's not writing, Dave is professionally involved in sustainable tourism at local, national and international levels and he travels extensively. He's a Professional Author Member of the Crime Writers of Canada, and a member of The Writers Union of Canada. www.davebutlerwriting.com'>http://www.davebutlerwriting.comhttp

Susan Calder

Susan Calder
Susan Calder is a Calgary writer, who grew up in Montreal. Susan is the author of Deadly Fall (Touchwood Editions) and Ten Days in Summer (Books We Love Ltd.), books 1 & 2 of her Paula Savard Mystery Series set in Calgary. 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 is 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.

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 last year's WWC, 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. www.tammylyncarbol.com

Margaret Chandler

Margaret Chandler
Margaret is a teacher, writer, and editor. She runs a communication company called Green Fuse, where she and her associates provide writing and editing services for a diverse group of clients. She also teaches business writing, grammar and style, and editing courses at the University of Calgary and Mount Royal University and delivers customized workshops to many other clients.
Margaret enjoys sharing her passion for the English language and helping people become better writers and editors. She likes to deliver courses that are engaging, informative, and practical. She's also excited about her recently published book Good Writing Is Good Business: Your go-to guide to confident, stylish, and correct writing, which she believes is a great resource for both fiction and nonfiction writers.

Joe Compton

Joe Compton
As an Indie artist his whole life, Joe Compton has established himself as a filmmaker, author, and has worked in the music industry, helping bands put on shows and promoting them. Joe has looked for ways to bring these worlds together. That's when in 2015 he created GoIndieNow, an online platform and network that fosters, highlights, and supports Indie artists of all art forms. He does so through several means but mostly through online shows he produces and sometimes hosts on his YouTube Channel. GoIndieNow has created an environment for Authors especially wherein there are so many opportunities and unique ways for an author to be seen and discovered.
website: http://goindienow.com
facebook: www.facebook.com/goindienow
twitter: www.twitter.com/Joedream73
youtube www.youtube.com/c/JoeCompton73
instagram www.instagram.com/joeidfilms73

Stella Constance

Stella Constance
Stella is a community educator, a researcher and a writer:
- Writes as a columnist for an e-magazine, doing book reviews and editorials. Has done script writing of a progressive fictional short film.
- Writes and has co-written articles for a regional environmental organization's quarterly newsletter.
- Wrote and publicly presented at a regional symposium.
- Has done post-secondary institutional research project powerpoint presentations and papers on public policy, global development, environmental health, and epidemiological health topics.
- Has taught/presented at secondary and post-secondary* institutions (*via post-graduate courses).
- Wrote and presented in partnership with a civic governmental health agency on a public health educational project, at a large multi-stakeholder environmental forum.

Tracey Cooper-Posey

Tracey Cooper-Posey
Tracy Cooper-Posey is a #1 Best Selling Author. She writes romantic suspense, historical, paranormal and science fiction romance, plus spy and military thrillers, under various pen names. 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.

B.G. Cousins

B.G. Cousins
B.G Cousins has spent years in the mining industry doing what his wife refers to as "playing with dirt". In between that and playing bagpipes, he has fed his strong attraction for the past by reading a lot of history books and historical fiction. He started writing his first novel in 1991. It came out in 2016. Apparently, he had to take the time to learn how to write something other than engineering reports. All that learning has paid off, however, as it only took him a year to publish his second novel and he's well on his way to finishing the first draft of his third book. Obsessed with historical accuracy, he weaves tales around what he sees as historical anomalies, times when the world changed due to one historical figure thinking outside the box. This author thing is new to him, but he's having a blast writing his stories.

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 and then, armed with knowledge, inspires readers to take full charge of their own happiness. www.eleanorcowan.ca

Naomi Davis

Naomi Davis
Authors have always been Naomi Davis's superheroes. Growing up in Minnesota, she spent her elementary years pretending she was every character in every book she read. Now a mother, gardener, and beekeeper, Naomi loves meeting readers everywhere she goes and finding out what makes them love the books that sweep them away. A life-long writer and author-fanatic, she has a mild to moderate obsession with slippers, and sings in two philharmonic choirs. Naomi has a passion for helping authors develop stakes, voice immersion, and tension to a story's highest possible potential, and often tweets about strategies for accomplishing those goals on her Twitter @NaomisLitPix
Naomi seeks dynamic, character-driven middle grade, adult, and young adult titles in fantasy, sci-fi, and romance for her BookEnds client list. LGBTQ+ elements and diversity in all fiction are a particular plus, and Naomi will consider picture books featuring those elements. Naomi is particularly passionate about finding new fantasy and sci-fi settings with unique magical structures that surprise the reader and change the rules readers associate with those worlds. You can contact Naomi at ndavis@bookendsliterary.com

Angelica Dawson

Angelica Dawson
Angelica Dawson, USA Today best selling Naughty Nights Press author, has been writing for several years and having sex a lot longer than that. Angelica is a wife, mother and environmental consultant. Her love of plants and the outdoors is not diminished by the bloodsucking hoards — mosquitoes and black flies, not vampires.

Craig Dilouie

Craig Dilouie
Craig DiLouie is a Bram Stoker Award- and Audie Award-nominated author of speculative fiction. He is the author of 15 books that have been published in all formats, in multiple languages, and through big press, small press, and independent publication. His latest novel, One of Us, was published by Orbit in July 2018. He is a member of International Thriller Writers, Horror Writers Association, and the Imaginative Fiction Writers Association, and lives in Calgary. Learn more at 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.

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. The Alanyo Heir will be out in 2018.

Jill Flanagan

Jill Flanagan
Jill has always loved writing and reading. When she was little, she pretended she could fly and had magickal powers. Unfortunately, she has many stitches to prove that she didn't. The otherworldly still fascinates her. Although she is a cynic, she loves creating worlds where men are alpha and have depth of emotion. She's only met a couple in the real world, so she finds that she can encounter them more often in her imagination. She the author of the Fat Friends and Aliens series under the pen name of Jilly Jaxx.

Susan Forest

Susan Forest
Susan Forest is a Three-time Prix Aurora Award finalist and a writer of science fiction, fantasy, and horror. Her novel (Bursts of Fire), the first in a seven-volume YA epic fantasy series, the Addicted to Heaven Saga, will be out in 2019 from Laksa Media, followed by Flights of Marigolds. Her collection of short fiction, Immunity to Strange Tales, was published by Five Rivers Publishing. She has published over 25 short stories which have appeared in Asimov’s Science Fiction, Analog Science Fiction and Fact, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, and OnSPEC Magazine, among others. Susan has co-edited three anthologies (Aurora-winning Strangers Among Us, The Sum of Us, Shades Within Us) on social issue-related themes with Lucas K. Law. Susan is the past Secretary for the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA). . www.speculative-fiction.ca.

Loraine Fowlow

Loraine Fowlow
As a Professor of Architecture with a structural engineering background, Loraine's fiction interest lies in the criminal use of collapsing buildings. Her novel in progress, Undercut, is the first in the Impact series of architectural mysteries. Her previous publications include the professional book, Wine By Design (Wiley), as well as numerous academic book chapters, journal articles, and conference papers. Her work has been presented internationally, and she has been an invited speaker at several universities and professional organizations. She has reviewed book manuscripts and proposals, academic papers, and competition entries. Her memberships include The Writer's Union of Canada; Writer's Guild of Alberta; and the Crime Writes of Canada. www.LoraineFowlow.com

Ron S Friedman

Ron S Friedman
RON S. FRIEDMAN is the author of Typhoon Time, an Amazon.ca #1 Best Seller in Time Travel, a Calgary Herald #1 Best Seller and a Best Short Fiction finalist in the 2016 Aurora Awards. Ron's short stories have appeared in Galaxy's Edge, Daily Science Fiction, Neo-Opsis and in other magazines and anthologies. He co-edited three anthologies and received ten Honorable Mentions in Writers of the Future Contest. Ron is a Quora most viewed author in Astronomy, Planetary Science and Time Travel, with over 1,500,000 views. To learn more, visit Ron's website: https://ronsfriedman.wordpress.com/

Barb Galler-Smith

Barb Galler-Smith
Barb Galler-Smith resides in Edmonton. She's been an editor with On Spec magazine since 2008. She's co-author of the Druids Saga historical fantasy trilogy: Druids, Captives, and Warriors""�all available from EDGE Science Fiction and Fantasy Publishing. She is an award-winning writer and has judged both Canadian and international writing competitions. She loves reading short fiction, teaching writing, and freelance editing.

Kimberly
Gould

Kimberly Gould
Kimberly Gould hates being called Kimmy, but her mother called her Kimmydonn and that was okay. She lives in Edmonton with her husband and daughter. When she isn't writing about the post-apocalyptic world, she is doing her best to prevent an apocalypse as an environmental consultant. She is the author of the Cargon series as well as Thickness of Blood and Never Say Die: A Zombie Time Loop Story. You can find her anywhere online as Kimmydonn, including her website, Kimmydonn.com.

Sarah Kades Graham

Sarah Kades Graham
SARAH KADES GRAHAM spent a decade as an archaeologist before becoming a cultural translator for Indigenous communities and oil companies eight years ago. She was lead facilitator for JACOS when they won the 2014 Responsible Canadian Energy Social Performance Award. She writes romantic eco-fiction under the pseudonym Sarah Kades and co-authored Unconventional Classroom, Life Lessons from a Veteran Homicide Detective. sarahkades.com, unconventionalclassroom.ca

Jenna Greene

Jenna Greene
Jenna Greene is a YA fantasy writer from Lethbridge, Alberta. She is a teacher, dragon boat coach, and semi-professional napper.

Therese Greenwood

Therese Greenwood
Therese Greenwood has twice been short-listed for the Crime Writers of Canada's Arthur Ellis Award for best short story. Her short mystery fiction has appeared in publications across Canada, and in the U.S. in Ellery Queen Magazine. She has co-edited several short fiction anthologies and worked as a reporter, editor, broadcaster, and book reviewer. Her 2018 anthology, Kill As You Go, published by Coffin Hop Press, is being launched at Words Collide. She lives in Fort McMurray, Alberta, and her memoir of escaping that community's devastating wildfire will be published in Spring 2019 by University of Alberta Press.

Timothy Gwyn

Timothy Gwyn
Timothy Gwyn is a professional pilot with a side interest in what he calls Alternative Aviation. Any time he gets an opportunity to go for a ride in something like a balloon, a hovercraft or a sailplane, he's having a good day. He has a science fiction novel for young adults: Avians is about girls who fly gliders on a world without metal. He's also a narrator for the Antipodean SF Radio Show and Podcast. You can find Tim's blogs at www.timothygwyn.com and on Twitter he is @timothygwyn.

Dawn Harvey

Dawn Harvey
Dawn Harvey is an actress and singer. She has extensive training in classical singing, acting for film and stage, and voiceover. 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.
Dawn has been narrating audiobooks since 2011 and has trained with many of the industry's best narrators and coaches. Dawn has narrated over 45 audiobooks and has received both Earphone and SOVAS Awards for her audiobook work.

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 - JustAGirlAndABike.com

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: www.wordsandhistory.ca

Ron Hore

Ron Hore
Since winning a Canadian Authors national contest, Ron has published two high fantasy trilogies, The Dark Lady, and The Queen's Pawn, a fantasy detective series of novellas, The Housetrap Chronicles, and modern vs Dark Age, Alex in Wanderland, all through Champagne Books. A stand-alone Sci Fi, We're Not in Kansas, and a what-if historical fantasy trilogy, the Toltec series are published through eTreasures Publishing. Ron reviews genre novels for an on-line magazine, is a member of several writing groups, and lives in Winnipeg with his sometimes understanding wife and a demanding cat. Follow Ron at: www.ronaldhore.com and www.facebook.com/RonaldJHore

Axel Howerton

Axel Howerton
Axel Howerton is a genre scholar, recovering journalist, and a former director of the Crime Writers of Canada. He is also 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; and last year's ghostly noir fable Con Morte. His forthcoming Wolf & Devil urban fantasy/horror series for Tyche Books kicks off with Demon Days in Fall 2018. Axel is also the Managing Editor of Coffin Hop Press and has been the editor, interior and graphic designer for most of their existing titles. www.axelhow.com

Jessica L Jackson

Jessica L Jackson
Jessica L. Jackson has published four novellas, 11 novels, 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 two cats. www.jessicaljackson.com

Jim Jackson

Jim Jackson
Jim Jackson spent five years wandering the spicy-food-eating lands and collecting stories (most of which can't be shared). Jim's mission is to show that the stories we all grew up with—the heroes, the monsters, the adventures—are still solid, muscular realities that can shape our lives (for good or for ill).
Jim is the author of Stones in My Passway: a Novel in Blues and How to Tell a Really Good Story about Absolutely Anything in 4 Easy Steps, and the upcoming Kiss of the Cockroach Queen and Dispatches from an Accidental Sex Tourist.

Rissa Johnson

Rissa Johnson
Rissa Johnson is a queer, left-handed, Jewish, dyslexic, insomniac who stays up all night wrestling with Dog. A technical editor, speculative fiction writer, and poet, she’s been published in Polar Borealis and StrongVerse. She previously received the City of Surrey Youth Recognition Award in Creative Contributions.

Kay Johnston

Kay Johnston
Kay has a deep, longstanding interest in our Aboriginal people and their culture, which led her to writing and publishing two books: Spirit of Powwow and Amazing Mazie Baker, Squamish Nation’s Warrior Elder, each of which required many personal interviews and research over a period of ten years. She is a member of the Writers’ Union of Canada, the Federation of BC Writers, Access Copyright, a 12 year member of the Shuswap Writers’ Group, the President of the Shuswap Association of Writers for which she organizes community-based workshops for writers of all levels. She is the Festival Chair for the Word on the Lake Writers’ Festival and is used to working with the media-print, radio and television. Kay has a Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology from the University of Victoria, and a B.A in English Literature from UBC.

Constantine Kaoukakis

Constantine Kaoukakis
Constantine Kaoukakis has taught Latin, ancient and modern Greek, ESL, English literature, ancient Greek and Roman literature at the high school, college, and university levels: Concordia University (Montreal), Queen's University, and minor colleges. He has founded The Wisteria Lodgers—the Sherlock Holmes Society of Edmonton. His interests include comic books (Marvel & DC), Sherlock Holmes, Star Trek, Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, Greek mythology, Doctor Who, British murder mysteries, ancient history, and literature. He currently teaches English literature, Latin, creative writing, science fiction and fantasy. In addition to being an editor with On Spec magazine, he is also the editor of Sleuth Mystery Magazine.

Shelley Kassian

Shelley Kassian
Shelley Kassian is a multi-published author of such titles as The Half Mile of Baby Blue, a Women of Stampede romance novel that celebrates the Calgary Stampede. She appreciates the corridors of medieval history and in particular the Tudor period. She has visited the United Kingdom, touring many castles in her pursuit of story. When asked, Shelley assists novice writers in building fictional worlds and enjoys crafting her own stories into novel-length fiction. Shelley shares her life with her husband, adores her adult children, and lives in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.

Kai Kiriyama

Kai Kiriyama
Kai Kiriyama is too tired to write a biography. The author of a dozen books, including horror, romance, and fantasy, you can usually find her on her iPad playing gatcha games or on Twitter, and generally avoiding responsibility. www.theraggedyauthor.com

Charlie Kirkby

Charlie Kirkby
Charlie Kirkby is the Lethbridge Municipal Liaison for National Novel Writing Month, an annual challenge to write a fifty thousand word novel in thirty days. He's also a dad, husband, medical physicist, an adjunct associate professor at the University of Calgary and one of Lethbridge's River Bottom Writers.

Stacey Kondla

Stacey Kondla
Stacey Kondla has lived and breathed the book business for the past 15 years. Her experience includes working as a Field Representative for Scholastic Book Fairs, managing the IndigoKids department at two different Chapters/Indigo stores, accepting freelance editing contracts as Something Bookish, and serving on the organizing committee of When Words Collide. Stacey provided manuscript evaluations for The Rights Factory starting October 2017 and joined The Rights Factory as an Associate Agent as of March 2018. Stacey has a keen interest in Young Adult and Middle-Grade fiction and non-fiction.

Konn Lavery

Konn Lavery
Konn Lavery is a Canadian horror and dark fantasy writer who is known for his Mental Damnation series. The second book, Dream, reached the Edmonton Journal's top five selling fictional books list. He started writing fantasy stories at a very young age while being home schooled. It wasn't until graduating college that he began professionally pursuing his work with his first release, Reality. Since then he has continued to write works of fiction ranging from fantasy to horror and thrillers.

Lucas K Law

Lucas K Law
Lucas K. Law is Malaysian-born freelance editor and published author who divides his time and heart between Calgary and Qualicum Beach. With Susan Forest, he co-edits Aurora Award-winning Strangers Among Us, The Sum of Us, and Shades Within Us. Lucas is the co-editor of Where the Stars Rise with Derwin Mak. He has been a jury member for a number of fiction competitions including Nebula, RITA and Golden Heart Awards. When he isn't editing, writing, or reading, he is a corporate and non-profit organization consultant in business planning and development.

Fonda Lee

Fonda Lee
Fonda Lee is the Nebula Award-nominated author of the fantasy saga Jade City (Orbit), which was named a Best Book of 2017 by NPR, Barnes & Noble, Powell’s, and Syfy Wire, among others. Her award-winning young adult science fiction novels include Zeroboxer (Flux), Exo and Cross Fire (Scholastic). Fonda is a recovering corporate strategist, black belt martial artist, and an action movie aficionado who was born in Calgary and is now living in Portland, Oregon. www.fondalee.com

Karen Elizabeth Lee

Karen Elizabeth Lee
Karen is an experienced group facilitator, public speaker, instructor, management consultant, writer/author and retired clinical psychologist.
She has authored two books, Consulting into the Future, Hodder & Stoughton UK 2002, and The Full Catastrophe, She Writes Press, Berkeley, CA 2016, a memoir of her two marriages, widowhood, and healing after trauma. She has also published articles ranging from management consulting to dealing with abuse.
She teaches the course, "Writing Memoir When Your Story is Difficult," at the Alexandra Writers Centre in Calgary. She has developed her own course focusing on the courage it takes to deal with difficult writing topics, self-care, writing skills and the journey of change we all go through in our lifetimes. She creates a safe environment so writing students can open up at their own pace in order to dig deep and write their truth. Website: http://karenelee-author.com/index.html

Rex J Leniczek

Rex J Leniczek
Having grown up on a farm in rural Saskatchewan, Rex J. Leniczek spent his time reading fiction and found immense pleasure in acting out the stories he read with the help of a vivid sense of imagination. Ever since then, he has fostered that love of adventure and the awe-inspiring, experimenting with music, philosophy, acting, stage production, roleplaying games, photography, and more, and taken every opportunity he can get a hold of to explore and experience all that life has to offer. After leaving the University of Calgary in 2017, having successfully obtained a BSc degree in Physics, Rex has turned his attention towards a new frontier: writing fiction inspired by a love of both science and fantasy. He is currently producing a novel with the working title The Dark Path, building a world that attempts to blur the lines of science fiction and epic fantasy.
https://rjleniczek.wixsite.com/rjleniczek

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. Tomorrow is her first novel.

Halli Lilburn

Halli Lilburn
Born in Edmonton, AB, Halli Dee Lilburn teaches art journaling at local schools and through educational programs. She writes poetry, horror and speculative fiction. She has work published in Tesseracts, Leap Books, Renaissance Press and other literary journals. Her novel SHIFTERS is published through Imajin Books. She is an editor for The Dame Was Trouble by Coffin Hop Press.
She now resides in Lethbridge with her husband and three children, and works as a library tech. She is an artist, restorer, seamstress, genealogist, and singer. She can pick up spiders, handle the sight of blood, subdue aggressive dogs, make a mean grilled cheese, and keep her sanity. Most of the time.
She can be found at: hallililburn.blogspot.com
http://www.facebook.com/hlilburn
http://www.goodreads.com/user/show/4878963
twitter@hallililburn

Eddie Louise

Eddie Louise
Eddie Louise has had a lot of experience writing. As a child, she composed nonsense songs to keep herself company herding cattle across the lonely Wyoming plains. Discovering the theater led her to write melodramatic plays full of artful alliterations, which in turn led to composing the book for a musical on the beaches of Monterey. She ran away from home to live in Edinburgh, Scotland, where she explored her passion for writing novels. Having landed back in California she is proud to launch her debut novel TRANSMIGRATIONS, The Tales of Sage and Savant Book One, published by Edge Science Fiction and Fantasy Publishing.

C.S. MacCath

C.S. MacCath
C.S. MacCath is a PhD Folklore student and a writer 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.

Susan MacGregor

Susan MacGregor
Susan MacGregor is the author of The Tattooed Witch Trilogy through Five Rivers Publishing, the first book of which was short-listed for an Aurora award in 2014. Her short fiction has appeared in various magazines and anthologies, the most recent being Fire and The Dame was Trouble. A prior editor for 20 years with On Spec Magazine and a co-editor of Tesseracts 15, she is currently co-editing Tesseracts 22, Alchemy and Artifacts (Historical Fantasy), to be released in 2019. When not writing or editing, you'll find her immersed in her other passion—the practice and performance of flamenco dance and song.

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.
www.randymccharles.com

Alex McGilvery

Alex McGilvery
Alex is the editor behind celticfrogediting.com. 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. http://alexmcgilvery.com

Tet Millare

Tet Millare
Tet Millare is a proud queer Filipino-Canadian LGBTQIA+ advocate, community volunteer, and adventurer. One of the founders of VOICES, Calgary's Coalition of Two-Spirit and Racialized LGBTQIA+ and a board member of Fairy Tales Queer Film Fest, Tet considers herself a Jack-of-All-Trades because she has tried and will continue to try anything at least once in her life. She strives to live life in the present and channels her hopeless sentimental side through any expression of art. Tet has written and performed (sung, even!) at the Coming Out Monologues, danced with the M:ST8 (Mountain Standard Time Performative Art), and performed as a technical non-dancer at Fluidfest. She has contributed essays or poetry to the YYC Queer Writers anthologies Screw Chocolate 2 and Queer Christmas in Cowtown. Tet also works as a professional photographer—check out her work on Facebook at Tet M's Photography www.facebook.com/TetMPhotos/.

Joanne Morcom

Joanne Morcom
Joanne Morcom is a Calgary writer, self-publisher, editor, book reviewer and social worker. She writes and publishes short form poetry, such as haiku and tanka, and her poems have been translated into several languages. She has published four poetry collections and is working on a fifth one. An article about her work as a laughter yoga leader with long term care residents appears in the fall 2018 edition of Dementia Connections. She likes humorous quotations, such as this one by Ashleigh Brilliant, "It's good to know that if I behave strangely enough, society will take full responsibility for me."

Carrie Mumford

Carrie Mumford
Carrie Mumford has lived on both the East and West coasts of Canada, and many places in between. She completed a degree in English literature at Saint Mary's University, and went on to complete a master's in information studies at the University of Toronto. Carrie now lives in Calgary, Alberta, with her husband, three naughty cats, and one rambunctious dog. Carrie's short fiction has appeared in several fine literary journals, and her debut novel, All But What's Left, was released in June 2018. www.carriemumford.com

Nina Munteanu

Nina Munteanu
Nina Munteanu is a Canadian ecologist and novelist. In addition to eight published novels, she has authored award-winning short stories, articles and non-fiction books, which were translated into several languages throughout the world. Recognition for her work includes the Midwest Book Review Reader's Choice Award, finalist for Foreword Magazine's Book of the Year Award, the SLF Fountain Award, and The Delta Optimist Reviewers Choice.
Nina teaches writing at George Brown College and the University of Toronto. A56s coach and editor, she has worked extensively with writers who self-publish and in the indie markets. Nina is currently an editor of European zine Europa SF and Eagle Publishing House and writes for Amazing Stories. Her latest book Water Is a scientific study and personal journey as limnologist, mother, teacher and environmentalist, which was recently picked by Margaret Atwood in the NY Times as 2016 The Year in Reading. www.NinaMunteanu.ca; www.NinaMunteanu.me

Joy Norstrom

Joy Norstrom
Joy Norstrom is a Canadian coffee addict. She also happens to be the author of Out Of Play, a women's fiction novel long on humour and short on romance. She enjoys hiking with family, wine with friends and reading late into the wee hours when she should be asleep. A social worker by trade, Joy also writes short stories about lives in transition. Whether she is championing inclusion, parenting her kidlets or popping into the local coffee shop, she can generally be found engaged in conversation. Why? She believes human connection and laughter keep her grounded in a muddled world. www.joynorstrom.ca

Adora Nwofor

Adora Nwofor
Adora Nwofor is unquestionable quality. She's certainly unique and yet has something relatable to everyone due to her anthropology background and plethora of extraordinary world experiences.
Standing 6'1' she commands the stage as a comedian, MC, public speaker, model, and actor. She can be seen on stages hosting events such as folk fest Cariwest, femme wave, as well as the Grand marshal of the March for women (2017/2018) where she hosted 5000+ people each year (a Calgary record). Just when you think she has a niche she pops up as MC for Canada day 150 and Culture days for the city of Calgary. As a speaker at their yearly diversity in leadership conference she had a waiting list due to great interest and her inclusive and informed speaking style. Adora's comedy has a feminist pov with a dark twist that has been labeled by some as shock wit.
Her acting resume is slowly growing from local TV and Indy to reality to Nollywood and principles role such as suck it up (2016). Modeling, styling and makeup are skills she uses to spread her message of body positivity, as seen in Avenue magazine's Best dressed list (Calgary 2017).
She always brings grace and is as great addition to any event big or small.

Avery Olive

Avery Olive
Avery Olive has published Young Adult novels, released a steamy short story collection about writers and their muses as Madison Avery, and floods Instagram with her poetry as Seren Huxley. Add that to always being a voracious reader of Young Adult, Romance, and even Science Fiction, and here we are! An author with more names than she knows what to do with, a tendency to convince herself she's not actually that talented, yet has a undeniable passion for words and an abundance of creativity""�if she can sit long enough to get it down on to the page!

Alyssa Linn Palmer

Alyssa Linn Palmer
Alyssa Linn Palmer writes romantic noir, lesbian romance, and a variety of short stories. Her novel Betting on Love was a finalist for a Rainbow Award in 2015, and in 2016, her novel Midnight at the Orpheus won a Rainbow Award for Best Bisexual Fiction. Find her works at alyssalinnpalmer.com, and all the usual online retailers. Want to chat? She's on Instagram and Twitter as @alyslinn, and on Facebook as herself. Find her online:
www.alyssalinnpalmer.com/
www.facebook.com/AlyssaLinnPalmer
www.twitter.com/alyslinn

Carol Parchewsky

Carol Parchewsky
Carol Parchewsky is a writer in Calgary, Alberta. She is Vice-President of the Writers' Guild of Alberta. Her writing has a strong connection with art and explores the strength and the influence of culture, heritage, and ancestry on a person. Carol's writing interests span fiction, poetry, and creative non-fiction. Her poetry and paintings were published in AWCS Alberta Skies through Paint, Print, Poetry & Prose. In between finalizing her middle-grade novel that was inspired by an Atanas Chongarov painting, and working on a collection of interlinked short stories, she enjoys viewing art and finding inspiration for her next pieces.

Rhonda Parrish

Rhonda Parrish
Rhonda Parrish is driven by a desire to do All The Things. She was the publisher and editor-in-chief of Niteblade Magazine for eight years, is an Assistant Editor at World Weaver Press and is the editor of several anthologies including, most recently, Sirens and C is for Chimera. In addition, Rhonda is a writer whose work has been in publications such as Tesseracts 17: Speculating Canada from Coast to Coast, Imaginarium: The Best Canadian Speculative Writing (2012 & 2015) and Mythic Delirium. www.rhondaparrish.com

Doreen Pendgracs

Doreen Pendgracs
Manitoba-based Doreen Pendgracs is the Regional Director for the Prairies and North Region for the Professional Writers Association of Canada (PWAC.) Doreen is a non-fiction writer who has authored/co-authored four books to date, including a regional bestseller. She is currently working on her fifth book, Chocolatour: A Quest for the World's Best Chocolate Adventures, which she hopes to have published in early 2019. Doreen has been travel writing since 1997, and in 2009, forged her own niche""�that of chocolate travel. Find Doreen online at https://chocolatour.nethttps where you can peruse her award-winning blog and connect via social media.

C. L. Polk

C. L. Polk
C. L. Polk wrote her first story in grade school and still hasn't learned any better. After spending years in strange occupations and wandering western Canada, she settled in southern Alberta with an oversized knitting stash and a green three speed bicycle. C. L. is the author of Witchmark, published by Tor.com in June 2018.

PWAC

PWAC
The Professional Writers Association of Canada (PWAC) is Toronto-based, with members in each Canadian province in addition to the north. PWAC was formed in 1976 and is one of the founding organizations of Access Copyright, Canada's Copyright Licensing Agency. PWAC members are a diverse group of award-winning freelance writers, primarily engaged in the realm of non""�fiction writing. But PWAC members also write fiction, poetry, scripts, speeches, and content for all sorts of publications and clients. In addition to in-person regional and online professional development, PWAC offers its members an annual national conference (in a different Canadian city each year) and the resources they need to effectively run their freelance writing businesses. Visit https://pwac.ca/PWAC-Membership-Criteria to see if you qualify for membership.

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.

Tim Reynolds

Tim Reynolds
Tim Reynolds is a Canadian twistorian, bending and twisting history into fictional shapes for sheer entertainment as well as penning a humorous non-fiction column for San Francisco's SEARCH Magazine, based strictly on his bizarre, event-filled life.
His latest novel, Waking Anastasia from Tyche Books, is a tale of death, laughter, and love...in that order, and was Long-Listed for the Edmonton Public Library's 2017 Alberta Readers' Choice Award.
An avid photographer for nearly fifty years, Tim grew up in Toronto, but has been based in Calgary for 18 years.

Jack Richardson

Jack Richardson
Jack Richardson, Calgary Alberta. I have been told that we spend most of our lives doing what we have to do and then in retirement, we do what we were meant to do. Apparently, I was meant to be a writer. I have recently completed two pieces of Purposeful Fiction called Circles of Influence and Circles of Humanity which are accessible through my website www.circlesofhumanity.com. My only hope for them is that they change the world in a positive manner. www.circlesofhumanity.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.

Carey Rutherford

Carey Rutherford
Swallowed by the mutual loves of words and music, Carey's writing career started slowly as a freelance writer in 2003, starved him to personal bankruptcy until 2008, and changed directions while writing for FastForward, Beacon Calgary, GayCalgary, and Examiner magazines. Writing online about live music performance in the Calgary region presents uncluttered landscapes for the focussed passion that Carey's conversations with musicians, drag queens, festival producers and small animals has uncapped. He was moulded by the brilliance of paper-based periodicals old and new (Life, Rolling Stone, Swerve! and Adbusters etc.). Carey sees the info-verse as needing creative, empathetic, but clear-eyed agents to curate the possibilities into excellence! Carey is the publisher of MUSICAlive! magazine (http://musicalivemag.ca/http.

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.
"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 jonassaul.com

Madelaine Shaw-Wong

Madelaine Shaw-Wong
Madelaine Shaw-Wong's newly released fiction, Quietus, is a near-futuristic dystopian tale in which a dictator uses terrible methods to control the population. She is the co-author of Cradling the Past, a biography of Margaret Shaw. It is the story of an Alberta woman growing up during the Great Depression and becoming a teacher in one-room schools. Her soon to be released novel, Yin Yang Eyes, tells the story of teenage girl in Borneo during the Second World War. Madelaine has also published a number of short stories. She is active in the Calgary writing community and is a teacher of creative writing at the Alexandra Writers Centre.
www.madelainewong.com
Twitter - @MadelaineWong

Leanne Shirtliffe

Leanne Shirtliffe
Leanne Shirtliffe is the author of the five picture books, including The Change Your Name Store, I Love Sharks Too, and Saving Thunder the Great: the True Story of a Gerbil's Rescue from the Fort McMurray Wildfire. She has also written two humour books, Don't Lick the Minivan: And Other Things I Never Thought I'd Say to My Kids and Mommyfesto: We Solemnly Swear ($%&!)...Because We Have Kids. When she's not complaining about people who complain about the weather, Leanne can be found teaching high school or laughing with her family in Calgary.

Michael Skeet

Michael Skeet
Michael Skeet was born in Calgary. He worked as a writer and broadcaster, first for CKUA and then for CBC, and sold his first short story in 1986. His SF, fantasy, and horror short fiction has appeared in numerous anthologies, magazines and a few year's-best collections. He also edited, with Lorna Toolis, the award-winning anthology Tesseracts 4. He is a multiple winner of the Aurora Award, and is a founding member of the Cecil Street writer's group, which recently celebrated its 30th anniversary. His first novel, A Poisoned Prayer, was published by Five Rivers in 2017. He lives in Toronto with Lorna Toolis, to whom he has been married for what feels like no time at all.

Tiffany Sostar

Tiffany Sostar
Tiffany Sostar is a community organizer, narrative practitioner, and workshop facilitator. Their work focuses on trauma and transformation - helping people tell their stories, build their resilience, and honour the skills and strategies they use to resist injustice. They love working with queer, trans, polyamorous, kinky folks, and are particularly passionate about working with folks who are marginalized. You can find them online at www.tiffanysostar.com, on facebook and instagram @sostarselfcare, and by emailing sostarselfcare@gmail.com

Dennis Staginnus

Dennis Staginnus
Dennis Staginnus dreamed of becoming an archaeologist, an intergalactic smuggler, or a covert operative. He became a teacher and librarian instead, at least until the CIA calls or he's abducted by aliens. He's the author of THE RAIDERS OF FOLKLORE ADVENTURES, THE EYE OF ODIN and THE EMERALD DAGGER, the first three books in THE RAIDERS OF FOLKLORE fantasy series for young adults. He lives in British Columbia, Canada, with his wife and a clowder of black cats and one Scottish Fold.

Del Suelo

Del Suelo
Del Suelo is a project run by SK based author and Juno award winning musician Erik Mehlsen, who writes contemporary fiction paired with full-length music albums. In 2016 he released a 10 chapter/10 song combination project titled I Am Free which has been toured across North America, the UK, and Europe. In the spring of 2017 I Am Free was translated and released in Germany. A new project, The Musician's Compass, will be released in September of 2018

David Sweet

David Sweet
DAVID SWEET is an active-duty Homicide Detective with the Calgary 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 Investigative Excellence in 2017. He co-authored Unconventional Classroom, Life Lessons from a Veteran Homicide Detective. unconventionalclassroom.ca

Patrick Swenson

Patrick Swenson
Patrick Swenson edited Talebones magazine for 14 years, and he still runs Fairwood Press, a book line, which began in 2000. A graduate of Clarion West, his first novel The Ultra Thin Man appeared from Tor in 2014. The sequel, The Ultra Big Sleep, is out this summer. He has sold stories to the anthology Like Water for Quarks, and magazines such as Marion Zimmer Bradley’s Fantasy Magazine, Figment, and others. He runs the Rainforest Writers Village retreat every spring at Lake Quinault, Washington. He is a high school teacher and lives in Bonney Lake, Washington with his fourteen-year-old son Orion.

Erin Tettensor

Erin Tettensor
Erin Tettensor has lived and worked in dozens of countries around the world, but has only ever called two places home: her native city of Calgary and her adopted hometown of New York. She is the author of the Bloodbound series of fantasy novels and the Nicolas Lenoir series of paranormal detective novels. Her debut historical mystery, Murder on Millionaires’ Row, hits shelves October 2018. She divides her time between Calgary and Brooklyn with her husband and a pair of half-domesticated cats.
http://erin-lindsey.com/, facebook.com/ELTettensor, and twitter.com/ETettensor.

Tania Therien

Tania Therien
Tania Therien is a writer, researcher, translator, and editor. In her over twenty years" experience, she has peddled fiction for a bookstore, acquired textbooks for a publishing house, written book reviews for The Calgary Herald and articles for Ask Magazine, and edited for a range of clients, from university presses to self-publishing clients. Tania has a BA in history and linguistics, and an MA in history from the University of Calgary. She's also a recent graduate of the MFA program in creative writing at the University of British Columbia and working on her first novel.

Lorna Toolis

Lorna Toolis
I moved from Edmonton to Toronto to become the Collection Head at the Merril Collection of Science Fiction, Speculation and Fantasy in 1986. Thirty-one and a half years later I retired. Buying more books than I could carry every month for over three decades was a lot of fun. I met terrific people and passed the good word about SF&F to a lot of people. I also enjoy reading and talking about mysteries and historical fiction.
I live in Toronto with Michael Skeet, author of Poisoned Prayer (Five Rivers Press, 2017). I read, game, cook, and have cats.

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! Find her at www.LauraVAB.com.

Thea van Diepen

Thea van Diepen
Thea van Diepen spent the first ten years of her life on a tree-wrapped acreage where an inquisitive child might believe in magic. Nowadays, she lives in Edmonton, breathing life into stories in the form of books such as White Changeling series, a webcomic, and a video game. www.theavandiepen.com

Paul Verhaegh

Paul Verhaegh
Paul Verhaegh started as a professional writer in the mid nineties, writing about Dutch income, gift and inheritance tax and real estate law for publishers in the Netherlands. After moving to Canada he joined PWAC, in August 2013. Besides tax and legal topics Paul writes for an online magazine ""� published by Carey Rutherford - about live music performance in the Calgary region (http://musicalivemag.ca/http. Paul is based in Calgary en is currently Treasurer and acting President of the PWAC Calgary Chapter.

Philip Vernon

Philip Vernon
Philip Vernon was born in South Carolina. He holds a PhD in immunology and published science before turning his hand to publishing suspense and domestic noir. His debut WHEN YOU FIND ME—a twisting Southern Gothic psychological suspense—will be released Fall 2018 from Crooked Lane Books of NYC. Apart from spinning tales of dark secrets or terror in suburbia, Philip is an active member of IFWA and ARWA. He lives in Alberta with his partner and two wily dogs. His is represented by literary agent Chris Bucci of CookeMcDermid in Toronto.

Beth Wagner

Beth Wagner
Beth Wagner is a self-published comic creator residing in Burnaby, BC Canada. Her comics include but are not limited to sci-fi, such as Space Trucking, slice of life comics such as Isaac & Lee, and fantasy noir detective, Sam Hawke. Beth has now taken up the mantle of editor and writer in order to publish her father's books post-humously.

Randy Ward

Randy Ward
Randy Ward has been a Lethbridge Regional Police Service police officer for over 25 years and has experience in all areas of policing, including patrol investigation, Detective investigations or GIS (General Investigative Services), traffic, robbery, homicide investigation, sexual assault investigation, interviewing and interrogation, statement analysis and Community Resources.
Randy is an experienced public speaker and has published his first book called: YOU CAN’T MAKE THIS SH#T UP: POLICING THROUGH STORIES. Randy has also been published in 3 different books of short stories by Canadian authors—Setting the Scene, and The Sun Shall Rise published by Polar Expressions Publishing and Fireside Dreams published by the Poetry Institute of Canada plus some other police publications.
Randy’s first book is Forty-three short stories- A man soaks himself in gasoline and starts to light himself on fire; A bank robber and future murderer runs at you with two large military knifes; you fight for your life with three criminals; a suicidal man sits on a ledge 150 meters above the ground. What would you do? Find out what happened! Randy Ward’s true police stories take you into the heart-pounding world of policing. His stories admit you into the unique sub-culture of policing and will allow you to understand why cops around the world say, “YOU CAN’T MAKE THIS SH#T UP.”
Randy has been married to Aleitha Ward for over 40 years and has three sons and three Grandchildren.

Kevin Weir

Kevin Weir
Kevin Weir was born in Winnipeg, but quickly left to resettle all across Canada. He has attended the University of Calgary and SAIT Polytechnic both for film and has been working in the industry ever since graduation, including writing an AMPIA award-winning short film, MY LIFE IS A MUSICAL. Between his work on film and television, Kevin finds time to be a speculative fiction writer and comedy podcaster. In addition to numerous short stories, his debut novel ENDLESS HUNGER is being published by EDGE Science Fiction & Fantasy. He can also be heard on the comedic worldbuilding podcast, THE THIRD SPACE, and reviewing teen dramas on MYSTERY, OUTSIDERS, AND ABS. Engage with him on twitter @StrawmanKWeir for the occasional funny joke and mental breakdown.

Allan Weiss

Allan Weiss
Allan Weiss is the author of two books of short stories, Living Room (Boheme 2001) and Making the Rounds (Edge 2016), as well as a number of stories, both literary and science fiction/fantasy, in various periodicals and anthologies. A third collection, Telescope, will be published by Guernica Editions in 2019. Born in Montreal, Weiss moved to Toronto in 1980 to pursue doctoral studies at the University of Toronto. He earned his Ph.D. in English in 1985 and has taught at Ryerson, Woodsworth College, and York University. He is currently an Associate Professor of English and Humanities at York, specializing in Canadian literature and fantastic fiction. In addition, he is Chair of the Academic Conference on Canadian Science Fiction and Fantasy, which is held every two years at the Merril Collection of Science Fiction, Speculation and Fantasy.

Lisa Wilde

Lisa Wilde
Lisa Wilde has been writing part-time for a great number of years—over 30 at last count. Most would count 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. However, it has recently been brought to her attention that one of those stories—started back in the beginning—is not just one book, but two. And that the first book is actually done. Done! Imagine the glee at being able to finally say, "I have written a book". And with said book currently being transcribed and edited and on its way to being independently published with Prairie Owl Publishing Inc, that glee is going to become full-fledged warm fuzzies when it becomes available to people beyond her immediate family. And then her attention can turn to one of the many other stories in her collection needing attention.

Talena Winters

Talena Winters
Talena Winters inspires with stories, knitwear designs, and food. Addicted to tea, chocolate, books, knitting, and silver linings. She is the author of Finding Heaven and The Friday Night Date Dress, has written several award-winning songs, and is a regular contributor to Move Up magazine. The Mermaid's Tear, the first in her upcoming young adult trilogy, will be released in early 2019. She currently resides on an acreage in the Peace Country of northern Alberta, Canada, with her husband, three surviving boys, a Golden Retriever named Sunshine, and an assortment of farm cats and chickens. She would love to be a mermaid when she grows up.

Amanda Witow

Amanda Witow
Amanda Witow is a huge nerd and has, somehow, pivoted that into being an author. When she isn't posting short stories on Tumblr, she's lost in the world of her series Legend's Legacy, or excitedly awaiting the official release of her novella Eloise. www.agwitow.ca

S G Wong

S G Wong
S.G. Wong writes the Lola Starke novels and Crescent City short stories: hard-boiled detectives tales set in an alternate history 1930s-era "Chinese" Los Angeles, replete with ghosts and magic. Her work has been on finalist lists for the Arthur Ellis Awards and nominated for the Whistler Independent Book Award. Her next publications will be the stories, Parting Shot in The Dame Was Trouble anthology (Coffin Hop Press) out August 2018 and Survivors' Pension in the Vancouver Noir anthology (Akashic Books) out November 2018. Connect with her at sgwong.com and on Twitter @S_G_Wong.

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 and can be found at pdworkman.com. She has been married for 25 years and has one son.