Guests and Presenters
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Kevin hugs the hell out of trees and loves doggies and living in Colorado with his family. He is also fond of comic books, whiskey, beer, tacos, fresh air, clean energy, and friendly people. He's prone to singing in parking lots if you get him drunk enough and has been told that his handwriting is really quite lovely.
As an actor Chris (C.C.) Humphreys has performed on stages from London's West End to Hollywood in roles ranging from Hamlet, through Clive Parnell in 'Coronation Street', Admiral Zhukov in 'Andromeda', the Immortal Graham Ashe in 'Highlander', to the voice of Salem the cat in 'Sabrina the Teenage Witch'. A playwright, fight choreographer and novelist, he has written ten adult novels including 'The French Executioner', runner up for the CWA Steel Dagger for Thrillers; 'The Jack Absolute Trilogy'; 'A Place Called Armageddon'; 'Shakespeare's Rebel' and the international bestseller, 'Vlad - The Last Confession'. He also writes for young adults, with a trilogy called The Runestone Saga and the fantasy books 'The Hunt of the Unicorn' and 'The Hunt of the Dragon'. His novel 'Plague' won Canada's Arthur Ellis Award for Best Crime Novel in 2015. The sequel, 'Fire' is a thriller set during the Great Fire. Both novels spent five weeks in the top ten on 2016's Globe and Mail and Toronto Star Bestseller lists. His new novel is 'Chasing the Wind' about 1930's aviatrix - and thief! - Roxy Loewen, published in June 2018. He is translated into thirteen languages. In 2015 he earned his Masters in Fine Arts (Creative Writing) from the University of British Columbia. Website: http://cchumphreys.com
Eileen Kernaghan, GoH Emeriti
Eileen Kernaghan is the author of nine historical fantasy novels and a four time winner of the Aurora Award for Canadian speculative fiction. Her latest novel, Sophie, in Shadow (Thistledown Press, 2014) was shortlisted for the Sheila Egoff BC Book Prize and the Sunburst Award for Canadian Literature of the Fantastic. Her short stories and poems have appeared in a number of North American magazines and anthologies, including The Year's Best Fantasy & Horror, On Spec, TransVersions, Northern Stars, Crime Through Time, Ark of Ice: Canadian FutureFictions, Pulp Literature, Dreams & Nightmares, PRISM international, and several of the Tesseracts anthologies. She has also published a speculative poetry collection, Tales from the Holograph Woods (Wattle & Daub Books 2009) while a collection of her short stories, Dragon-Rain, (Neville Books 2013) is now available on Kindle. For many years Eileen has led writing workshops at Burnaby's Shadbolt Centre for the Arts and the Kyle Centre in Port Moody. She lives in New Westminster.
MARK TEPPO, GoH Emeriti
Mark Teppo is a synthesist, a troubleshooter (and -maker), a cat herder, and an idea man. He is the publisher of Resurrection House, a fiercely independent genre publishing venture that seeks to reignite a passionate love affair between authors and audiences via the printed book. He lives in the Pacific Northwest, where he occasionally spends a weekend in the woods. His favorite Tarot card is the Moon.
Mel Anastasiou is a writer, artist and founding editor of Pulp Literature. Over the course of her career she has taught creative writing and authored many pieces of fiction in multiple genres. She is the author of the popular Stella Ryman and the Fairmount Manor Mysteries series, as well as The Extra and The Seven Swans mysteries. Her pen and ink drawings can be found in Pulp Literature as well as her recent Renaissance-inspired colouring book for adults, Colouring Paradise.
Donna Barker is a career, technical ghost-writer and workshop presenter, and an award-winning author of dark-humour women's fiction. The week she turned 50, neck-deep in a client contract with an impossible deadline, Donna had an epiphany and finally figured out what she wanted to do when she grew up: help women "of a certain age" write the books that they've been thinking, dreaming and talking about for too many years. Four months later, WriteWomanWrite.com was born. Still exhausted from that delivery, she and a co-author friend conceived, raised and launched the CreativeWomenSummit.com into the world. Donna hopes that menopause does not slow down her project reproductive system.
Theresa S. Bazelli
T. S. Bazelli writes software help by day, and sf/f fiction by night. Her short stories have appeared in Lightspeed Magazine, and various anthologies. When she's not at the keyboard, she's probably making messes in the kitchen or sewing things. More at www.tsbazelli.com
Christel Bodenbender is a writer living in Vancouver. After a Master's in Linguistics she rekindled her earlier passion for penning narratives. Since then she has published a selection of short stories in the realm of speculative fiction. She has been practicing meditation and yoga for many years and recently embarked on a five-week yoga teacher training journey to India.
Devon is the co-founder and director of Academie Duello, which has been active in the Vancouver area since 2004. Under his leadership the school has become a centre for swordplay with over 200 active students, a store, and an arms and armour museum. The Academie is; a model that Devon hopes to help others achieve as the Western arts grow in popularity. currently the largest WMA centre in the world.
R. Graeme Cameron
R. Graeme Cameron struggled to be a published SF author for half a century. Failing miserably, he decided to become the next best thing, a publisher. He edits and publishes Polar Borealis Magazine, a paying-market semi-pro SF&F fiction zine aimed at beginning Canadian writers, especially those who have yet to make their first sale. It is his hope that Polar Borealis will function as a springboard for those diving into the professional market. You have to start somewhere, why not with Polar Borealis? Let PB be your first splash in the pool. Then, with time, practice, and growing experience, you can start swimming with the champions. That be the plan.
Brenda's short fiction has appeared in the Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, Fiction River Anthologies, Sky Warrior Books, Ragnarok's Blackguards/Blacklist Anthology. Brenda also writes long epic fantasy, poetry and novellas. Nor is she afraid to write doggerel. In fact, she made him a character and killed him off. When she is not playing about in a variety of genres from spicy romance to thriller to grimdark fantasy, she is kayaking among the seals and whales in the Pacific Northwest's Salish Sea, or doing readings, writer's workshops and panels. Brenda is also a visual artist, educator and co-founder of a high-school for the arts in Vancouver, B.C. You can find her on twitter @brenda_carre on amazon: http://www.amazon.com/author/brendacarre and at http://www.brendacarre.com
Jo-Ann Carson writes a saucy mix of fantasy, adventure and romance polished with humor. Currently she's working on the Ghost & Abby Mystery Series, a spin-off from her Gambling Ghosts series. She lives in the Pacific Northwest, loves watching sunrises, drinking coffee and playing mah jong. Jo-Ann loves to interact with readers on social media and her links can be found on her website: www.Jo-Ann Carson.com
Kristi is the author of OWL AND THE JAPANESE CIRCUS, an urban fantasy about a modern-day "Indiana Jane" who reluctantly navigates the hidden supernatural world. She writes what she loves; adventure heavy stories featuring strong, savvy female protagonists, pop culture, and the occasional RPG fantasy game thrown in the mix. The second installment in the Owl series, OWL AND THE CITY OF ANGELS, is scheduled for release Oct 5th 2015, and the third and fourth installments, OWL AND THE ELECTRIC SAMURAI, and OWL AND THE TIGER THIEVES, will be released in 2016 and 2017. THE VOODOO KILLINGS, book 1 in her second urban fantasy series, KINCAID STRANGE (Random House Canada), about a voodoo practitioner living in Seattle, is out May 10th, 2016. Kristi is also the Canadian co-hosting half of the Adventures in Sci-Fi Publishing Podcast and has a PhD in Zoology from the University of British Columbia. She is represented by Carolyn Forde at Westwood Creative Artists.
Dwayne Clayden is a writer of crime thrillers. His first novel manuscript, Crisis Point, was a finalist for the 2015 Crime Writers of Canada, Unhanged Arthur, and will be released in March 2018. He recently completed his second novel, Outlaw MC, which will be released in Fall 2018. His short story, Hell Hath No Fury, was published in AB Negative, an anthology of short stories from Alberta Crime Writers.
Dwayne is a paramedic with over 40 years in Emergency Services. A former police officer, Tactical Paramedic, and EMS Chief, he is an international speaker at EMS conferences and is the co-author of four paramedic textbooks.
Dwayne is launching a new series, "Writing Realistic Scenes" which will provide realistic information on EMS, Police, Fire, Air Medical, and 911/Dispatch so writers and screenwriters can integrate realistic emergency services procedures into their writing. He also produces his blog - "What Movies and TV Get Wrong".
Dwayne is an instructor for Alexandra Writers Center Society and speaker at writing conferences and to writing groups.
Chloe Cocking has lived in the Vancouver Rainforest for most of her life. When she was a small girl, she was firmly convinced that she could 'have it all', which meant being a ballerina and a firefighter and an astronaut. Given this, it was inevitable that she would turn to fiction.
Chloe has written a one-woman play called The Blanket on Freud's Couch, as well as a quantity of micro-fiction, magazine articles, short stories, and poetry published in publications as diverse as tiny alt. culture 'zines like In Hell's Belly and mainstream literary publications like WordWorks and Collage.
In 2014 some of her work was anthologized in a collection called Saving Seeds (ISBN 978-0-9938291-0-9)
Chloe's first novel Blood Rain (ISBN-9781927848326) was released in October 2017, from Filidh Publishing.
She can waste a tremendous amount of time on social media, so feel free to find her on twitter @LadyIncisor or her Facebook author page Chloe A Cocking. Chloe's blog is called Dark Wine and Shallow Graves and can be found at her website www.chloecocking.com.
My fantasy triology The Dragon Temple Saga is published with Random
House USA and with Heyne in Germany. Publishers Weekly called the
trilogy a "bold debut in a richly detailed, well-imagined world", and
the Library Journal voted it one of the top five SF & Fantasy books of
2005. Closer to home, Dundurn Press published my chick-lit novel The
Footstop Cafe. Over the years, I've taught at various writing
workshops, and as a private pilot I've taught numerous self-empowerment
workshops through Airtime Canada at private and public high-schools and
elementary schools and taken the participants on flights.
For an inexplicable reason, Melanie Dixon moved into New Westminster and never left. She's a professionally published online content writer who also enjoys writing speculative fiction. Check out her articles in Piffle Magazine, and short stories in Devolution Z, Confederacy of Steam Versus Zombies, and Zombified III.
Linda DeMeulemeester's short fiction has appeared in anthologies with Exile Press and Tesseracts, and in magazines and zines, Neo-opsis, Twilight Tales and Chizine. Her first book, The Secret of Grim Hill, won the Silver Birch award and was named one of Canadian Toy Council's Best Books. The spooky middle grade series has been translated into French, Spanish and Korean and was optioned for an animated series. The Grim Hill series is now published by Wandering Fox, an imprint of Heritage Books. Her next novel with Wandering Fox is a new tween adventure, The Mystery of Croaker's Island, launching in the Fall, 2018.
Indie author Adam Dreece launched his best-selling, young adult, steampunk meets fairy-tale series, The Yellow Hoods, in early 2014. Since then, in addition to releasing four volumes in the series, he's released his first science fiction novel, The Man of Cloud 9, a successful web serial called The Wizard Killer, and is featured in a charity anthology, Paws for a Tale, published by Sudden Insight Publishing benefiting the SPCA. Adam's a regular public speaker and panelist at events, and hasn't looked back on the more than 20 years in software he's left behind. He lives in Calgary, Alberta with his wife and three kids, and is often surrounded by sticky notes.
Claire Eamer has seven children's non-fiction books to her credit, with two more set to appear in the spring of 2017. Her most recent kids' science book, published in September 2016, is Inside Your Insides: A Guide to the Microbes That Call You Home (Kids Can Press). Due out in the spring are What a Waste! Where Garbage Goes (Annick Press) and Underneath the Sidewalk, a picture book (in rhyme!) from Scholastic Canada. Claire's books have won the Science In Society Youth Book Award, the Red Cedar Information Book Award, and the Lane Anderson Award for science writing. And just to mix things up, she also writes fiction - mostly for middle grade and young adult readers. Claire lives on Gabriola Island in the Salish Sea, sharing the neighbourhood with seals, sea lions, a huge variety of little beach critters - and one very territorial kingfisher.
Neil Enock is an author, actor, screenwriter, filmmaker and creator/host of the million+ viewed TrainTalk.TV iTunes podcast. Neil tells original stories in everything he does from his written work to his hand-made cribbage boards. While Trains have been a part-time hobby since he was a boy, in his first Novel, Doc Christmas, Neil gives trains the full-time leading role in making Christmas happen. When not writing, Neil can be most often found on one side of the camera or the other, filming something around Calgary with some or all of his family in tow. Contact: www.neilenock.com email@example.com
A novelist in both SF & Queer (LGBTQ+) Romance, a mother, a story addict, an endless student and a drooling xenophile.
Story sweeps up the dust of our lives, moistens it with breath, and grows food for the soul. A voracious reader, Fogal can be found gobbling that food like a truffle-hunting hog.
She has always felt a sense of kinship with quirky and diverse people. As a bisexual author, writing love stories that explore the rainbow of human experience is both a pleasure and a calling. Her work celebrates the divine nature of diversity, and the sacred, messy work of intimacy.
Michele lives in Vancouver, Canada, with the love of her life, two inspiring children, and an adorable, anxious chiweenie. In her rainy West Coast home, she runs a communications business and keeps her head stubbornly in the clouds.
If you'd like to know when Michele releases new books, bonus content, book club questions, and sneak peeks, you can sign up for her newsletter here. http://michelefogal.com/newsletter
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Manny Frishberg was born in the shadow of New York City but has lived on the West Coast for the past 40-plus years. His stories have been appearing in anthologies and magazines since 2010. He edits for small presses and independent authors, and writes about science and technology, when he's not telling taller tales. His anthology, "Horseshoes, Hand Grenades and Magic; stories where "almost" counts." was published last year by Knotted Road Press. He and his partner make their home near Seattle.
Tyner Gillies is a storyteller, a lawman, a novice Scotch drinker, an award winning author and a bit of a meathead. He has two novels published with Dark Dragon publishing, The Watch and Dark Resolution, as well as a handful of short stories in publications like Pulp Literature and Sleuth Magazine. Tyner was first runner up in the 2010 Surrey International Writer's Conference storyteller's award with his story What it Means to Bleed, and won the non-fiction categories in 2014 and 2015 with his stories Blood In Her Hair and A Crash Course In Leadership. He currently works in law enforcement in the Lower Mainland of British Columbia and spends his free time sitting at a small desk telling himself jokes and writing them down. www.tynergillies.com
Originally from Morden, Manitoba, Chadwick Ginther was fascinated by Norse mythology at an early age. Today, he spins sagas of his own set in the wild spaces of Canada's western wilderness where surely monsters must exist. Chadwick is a contributor to Quill & Quire, The Winnipeg Review, and Prairie Books NOW. His short fiction has appeared recently in On Spec, Beast Within 4: Gears & Growls, and The Exile Book of New Canadian Noir. His first two novels, Thunder Road, and Tombstone Blues, were nominated for the Prix Aurora Award.
Brian Hades is the publisher of EDGE Science Fiction and Fantasy Publications.
Kevin Harkness is a Vancouver writer of YA Fantasy as well as horror, science fiction, and fantasy stories that are meant for older readers. (Add this if you want a longer bio) He became interested in writing while teaching secondary school English and ESL, but had to wait until retirement to start on this new career. Having just completed a YA fantasy series, City of Demons, he is busy researching Victorian England for an alternate timeline fantasy/horror novel.
Matthew Hughes writes science-fantasy. His alter ego, Matt Hughes, writes crime fiction. A personality fragment, Hugh Matthews, writes media tie-ins.He has sold eighteen novels, some of them more than once, to publishers large and small in Canada, the US, UK, France, and Italy. His latest novel is A Wizard's Henchman (PS Publishing, 2016). His short fiction has appeared in Alfred Hitchcock's, Asimov's, Blue Murder, Fantasy & Science Fiction, Postscripts, Storyteller, Interzone and a number of "Year's Best" anthologies. Since 2013, he has self-published several collections of his short stories as ebooks and POD paperbacks. He has won the Arthur Ellis Award from the Crime Writers of Canada, and has been short-listed for the Aurora, Nebula, Philip K Dick, Endeavour (twice) A.E. Van Vogt, and Derringer Awards. His web page is at MatthewHuges.org
Jim Jackson - author - educator - gentleman Holiday-maker and public speaking instructor 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 a staunch believer in self-publishing (though he also owns a small press) as well as being 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 is a left-handed, Jewish, dyslexic, insomniac who stays up all night wrestling with Dog. A technical editor and writer, her poetry and flash fiction have won awards, including the City of Surrey Youth Recognition Award in Creative Contributions. Her sonnet, "Ivrim," was recently published in Strong Verse.
Ellen is a recent graduate of the SFU Publishing Program and a representative of Reality Skimming Press. Along with her work at RSP she is exploring other freelance opportunities in editing and publishing as well as taking courses towards the Editing Certificate at SFU. ellenmichelle.com
JM Landels wears nearly as many hats as Bartholomew Cubbins: writer, editor, artist, equestrian, and swordswoman are just a few. She is the author and illustrator of the fantasy novel Allaigna's Song: Overture and is currently finishing the second book of the trilogy. She is the managing and production editor at Pulp Literature, and head of the Mounted Combat Program at Academie Duello in Vancouver. After acquiring her degree in Mediaeval English Literature she went to London to get a Ph.D. in English but instead dyed her hair pink and joined a rock band. If you think this was a wise move, this is the magazine for you. She currently splits her time between working on Pulp Literature, managing Red Colt Equestrian Farm Co-op, and teaching Mounted Combat for Academie Duello.
Jason Lee enjoyed writing ever since he was growing up in North Burnaby. He used to write stories and plays for the class and somewhere along the way, he left his love of writing behind. He restored his passion after some life transitions and shared his story in his self-help book titled Living with the Dragon, Healing 15 000 Days of Abuse and Shame. After finding his voice again as a writer, Jason began blogging on his website Solace (www.solaceinnerhealth.com) and is a guest speaker at mental health conferences across Canada. When Jason isn't writing, he's often exercising, playing basketball with his son or discovering the best hot-dogs in Vancouver!
John Mavin is the author of Rage, a collection of dark literary short fiction, who teaches creative writing with Simon Fraser University's Southbank Writer's Program. A past nominee for both the Aurora Award and the Journey Prize, his writing has been translated, studied, and published internationally. Visit him at www.johnmavin.com
RANDY MCCHARLES is active in Calgary, Alberta's writing community with a focus on speculative fiction, usually of the wickedly humorous variety, with short stories and novellas available from Edge SF&F Publishing, House of Anansi, and Reality Skimming Press. He is the recipient of several Aurora Awards (Canada's most prestigious award for speculative fiction). In 2013, his short story Ghost-B-Gone Incorporated won the House of Anansi 7-day Ghost Story Contest. Randy's first Tyche Books publication, Much Ado About Macbeth, will be available in August 2015. In addition to writing, Randy chairs the award-winning When Words Collide Festival for Readers and Writers as well as organizing various reading and craft events for writers.
Tod McCoy is a Seattle-based writer whose work has appeared in /Asimov's, Starward Tales II/, /The People's Apocalypse/, /Bronies: For the Love of Ponies/, /AntipodeanSF.com/, /Qarrtsiluni.com/, and /The Gloaming/. A Clarion West graduate and current board member, he's the publisher behind Hydra House, whose catalog includes /Telling Tales/, edited by Ellen Datlow, two collections by Cat Rambo: /Near+Far/, which generated a Nebula nomination, and /Neither Here Nor There/; and the forthcoming /Godfall & Other Stories/ by Sandra Odell.
J. C. McKenzie is a book-loving, gumboot-wearing, unapologetic science geek. She's the author of the Carus Series, an urban fantasy five-book saga published by the Wild Rose Press. Born and raised on the West Coast, J. C. sets the majority of her books in the Lower Mainland of British Columbia, Canada. She writes urban fantasy and paranormal romance with sassy heroines and brutish, alpha-type men. You can learn more about her books by visiting jcmckenzie.ca
Trevor Melanson is the author of the Terminal City Saga, a dark fantasy trilogy from EDGE. He also has a decade of experience as an editor at major magazines across Canada, including Vancouver magazine, Canadian Business and BCBusiness. He currently lives in Vancouver (a.k.a. Terminal City) with his wife and cat and manages communications for Clean Energy Canada, a think tank at SFU.
Joshua Pantalleresco writes stuff and podcasts too. The Watcher Trilogy was published through Mirror World Publishing and his next book will be the digital serial The Cloud Diver. He podcasts a show called Just Joshing which airs twice a week (usually tuesday and friday) which features Joshua interviewing creative individuals across the globe. He lives in Calgary. Unicorns that fart rainbows and ice cream and baileys are his jam.
Rhonda Parrish is driven by a desire to do All The Things. She founded and ran Niteblade Magazine, is an Assistant Editor at World Weaver Press and is the editor of several anthologies including, most recently, Mrs. Claus and Equus. 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 most recent book is Haunted Hospitals, which she co-wrote with Mark Leslie. He lives in Calgary. Unicorns that fart rainbows and ice cream and baileys are his jam.
Kristene Perron has been shot, stabbed, drowned, run over and thrown from a building. During her ten years as a professional stuntwoman, she learned all the interesting ways a person can get injured or die and then applied this unique education to her fiction. She is the co-author of the adventure science fiction series Warpworld, the 2010 winner of the Surrey International Writer's Conference Storyteller Award, and a 2015 Writers of the Future finalist. Her friends wish she would stop talking about cats. http://www.warpworld.ca/
Wendy Phillips is a writer and high-school teacher librarian, whose young adult novel, Fishtailing, won the Governor General's Literary Award for children's text. She divides her time between Vancouver and Gabriola Island.
Susan Pieters has an M.A. in English Literature, has taught college level courses on writing in the U.S. and overseas, and is co-editor of Pulp Literature magazine. She has attended SiWC since 2001 and has shortlisted for the SiWC writing contests many times, with some wins in 2008 and 2011. She has written productively with Jen and Mel for six years using the Hour Stories.
Jonas Saul is the author of over thirty novels with over 2 million copies sold.
Two of his bestselling series have been optioned for Film/TV. Saul has traveled extensively throughout the world to scout settings for his thrillers.
Currently, he's writing in Canada. Jonas is represented by Gandolfo Helin and Fountain Literary and Dramatic Rights Management.
Holly Schofield travels through time at the rate of one second per second, oscillating between the alternate realities of city and country life. Her short stories have appeared in Analog, Lightspeed, Tesseracts, Cli-Fi: Canadian Tales of Climate Change, the Aurora-winning Second Contacts, and many other publications throughout the world. She hopes to save the world through science fiction and homegrown heritage tomatoes. Watch for new stories soon in the Water anthology from the Optimistic Sci-Fi Series and in The Young Explorer's Adventure Guide, along with a second appearance in Analog.
Find her at hollyschofield.wordpress.com.
T. G. Shepherd
T. G. Shepherd lives and works in Vancouver, British Columbia. By day (and night shift) she is a mild-mannered communications operator for local law enforcement; the rest of the time she punches people for fun. She has been training in mixed martial arts, the weapons based art Kali (double stick, single stick and knife), boxing and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu for twenty five years and enjoys being able to do more pushups than the teenagers in her gym (www.tacticalfighting.ca). Her fantasy novel As A God--due out in June 2016 from eTreasures publishing (www.etreasurespublishing.com)--is much informed by her life-long passion for martial arts and springs from the desire to see a fighting woman portrayed--from heart to mind to body--with more realism than much of the genre.
Lisa Smedman has seventeen novels published to date, including nine AD&D Forgotten Realms novels (one of which made the New York Times bestseller's list in 2004), and five Shadowrun novels. She also writes history books, including two books on the history of Vancouver, and a young adult book on the history of the motorcycle. She has also had a number of short science fiction and fantasy stories published in various magazines and anthologies, and has had three of her one-plays produced locally in Vancouver. Lisa also teaches game design at both the Art Institute of Vancouver, and at SchoolCreative. She specializes in teaching Interactive Storytelling, in which students learn how to turn a story idea into an interactive video game. In addition to her design work, Lisa has worked as a journalist since 1984. She has a diploma in journalism and a degree in anthropology.
Farida Somjee is an award-winning Canadian author and novelist. Her debut novel, The Beggar's Dance, won the Whistler Independent Book Awards for best fiction. She was born in Mbeya, Tanzania, and grew up in the coastal city of Dar es Salaam. Many of her childhood memories resonate with her and come across in her writing. She moved to Canada in her late teens with twenty dollars in her pocket, a lot of dreams and God on her side. She lives in Vancouver, British Columbia, with her husband and son. www.faridasomjee.com
Sadiq Somjee is a Graphic novelist, an ex-software engineer and ex-information technology consultant. He published his first graphic novel in 2015 and is targeting to complete his next one in 2018. SomjeeNotes.com
By night, Jessica Steiner writes novels that span the range between Science Fiction and Fantasy, with a wide range of diverse characters. Her first fantasy novel, Mortis Unbound, is available from Amazon and Smashwords. By day, Jessica is a practicing family lawyer, and works with her fiancee, Miko, and her mother, in a small city in British Columbia. Website Blog Twitter
Frank Talaber's 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). PS: He's better looking than Stephen King (Carrie, The Stand, It, The Shining) and his romantic stuff will have you gasping quicker than Robert James Waller (Bridges Of Madison County). Or as is often said: You don't have to be mad to be a writer, but it sure helps.
Literary Midwife to some, Hired Pen to others, Sylvia Taylor helps bring what needs to be said into the world. Her prose, poetry and articles have appeared throughout North America, and she has edit-coached over 100 manuscripts. She teaches and consults in both worlds of writing & publishing and business. Her marine-themed non-fiction books "The Fisher Queen" and "Beckoned by the Sea" were released by Heritage House.
Bevan Thomas is a writer and world-builder currently living in Vancouver, BC. Bevan teaches writing for comics as part of Langara College's Graphic Novel program and also serves as a board member of Cloudscape Comics. He has written and edited for a wide variety of Cloudscape's anthologies and in particular was the driving force behind Epic Canadiana, a series of superhero anthologies that won the Shusters' 2016 Gene Day Award for best self-published Canadian graphic novel. Bevan's fiction has been published in many other venues as well, including Edge's Tesseract 19: Superhero Universe, Sfe Monster's Beyond, and the magazine Pulp Literature. He is especially fascinated with tales of the fantastical and the weird, and has told of golem crime-fighters, introspective minotaurs, arctic demigoddesses, and many more.
Michelle Vandepol's articles have appeared in magazines such as New York's Succeed and Britain's Woman Alive. Her print credits also include newspaper reporting, museum guidebook writing, business website copywriting, and community welcome guide writing. Her published fiction works include a novel - Mother Mexico (2008) and a collection of short stories - Stories Your Mother Never Told You (2014). Michelle teaches in the University of the Fraser Valley's Continuing Education department through their annual writer's retreat The Writer's Weekend and has also provided writing workshops for associations, libraries, and non-profit groups. She is the current editor of Groundwork, the trade publication of the Adult Basic Education Association of British Columbia. She blogs regularly, providing resources to help writers at www.michellevandepol.com
A Canadian-born author, Lisa Voisin spent her childhood daydreaming and making up stories, but it was her love of reading and writing in her teens that drew her to Young Adult fiction.
Lisa is also a technical writer, a meditation teacher, and leader of the Young Writer's Club (www.youngwritersclub.ca), a writing group for teens in North Vancouver. A self-proclaimed coffee lover, she can usually be found writing in a local cafe. When she's not writing, you'll find her meditating or hiking in the mountains to counteract the side effects of drinking too much caffeine!
Lisa's debut YA novel, The Watcher, won the Chanticleer award for best paranormal fiction. Its sequel, The Angel Killer, releases in early 2015.
KT (Katherine) Wagner
KT (Katherine) Wagner writes science fiction, Gothic horror and steampunk with occasional forays into other genres and her garden. Several of her short stories are published. She lives in Maple Ridge, organizes Golden Ears Writers, and attended SFU's Southbank Writers program in 2013 and The Writers' Studio in 2015. On-line she can be found at www.northernlightsgothic.com
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Krista writes mostly Fantasy, and has mucked about with other genres, and short fiction. She has been a finalist in several contests, and won a couple of them. She has her BFA in Theatre from the University of Victoria. Cool experiences of 2017 include co-creating and co-starring in a play with her husband and two offspring in the Victoria Fringe Festival, and the publication of her story, To Serve and Protect in 49th Parallels, from Bundoran Press. She loves being Musical Director for musical theatre productions with young people (Rent, In the Heights, Urinetown, Anything Goes, etc.) Krista sings jazz in a big band, and in a duo. She writes in a closet in Port Coquitlam, BC.
Brie has worked most of her life worked with non-profit organizations. The Tractor Project is the one she is most proud, in which she helped raise funds to purchase and ship a tractor to a small village outside of Kampala, Uganda. It gave the men of the village a new future away from drugs and abuse to one of accomplishment and self-determination. In the States she also worked as a personal coach since 1991. She teaches Webinars and teleconferenced classes. 2014 an opportunity opened up in Vancouver for her husband and they moved to Canada. Currently she is writing a MA series.
Andrea was raised in the Winterfellian wilds of Prince George, but now calls Vancouver home. She loves to consume all types of content: movies, books, TV, weird internet bowling shows... She's an occasional debater for West Coast Geeks vs Nerds, the co-organiser of local meetup.com group, NerdHQ, and lazy blogger over at everydayoptimist.net. She also recently started podcasting, re-watching Buffy with her friend Amanda who is still uninitiated in the ways of the Slayer. Finally,(and probably most impressively) this year she'll be celebrating her 5th San Diego Comic-Conniversary in July, and would happy to tell you how excited she is about it (hint: REALLY EXCITED!)
SANDRA WICKHAM's friends call her a needle crafting aficionado, health guru and ninja-in-training. Sandra's short stories have appeared in Evolve, Vampires of the New Undead, Evolve, Vampires of the Future Undead, Chronicles of the Order, Crossed Genres magazine, Locothology, The Urban Green Man, Tales from the Archives, Luna Station Quarterly, Sirens and Equus. Sheslush reads for Lightspeed Magazine and hosts the Creative Ink Festival for readers and writers.
Arthur Ellis Awards finalist, Whistler Independent Book Awards nominee, and indie author S.G. Wong writes the Lola Starke series and Crescent City short stories: hard-boiled detective tales set in an alternate-history 1930s-era "Chinese L.A." replete with ghosts and magic. A member of Crime Writers of Canada and the Writers' Guild of Alberta, she is also Past President of Sisters in Crime-Canada West. As an acclaimed moderator and creator, she has presented on panels and workshops in diverse venues including ChiSeries Winnipeg, Bouchercon (Toronto), the Vancouver Public Library, and LitFest Alberta. She is based in Edmonton where she can often be found staring out the window in between frenzied bouts of typing. www.sgwong.com
Tom D Wright lives in the Puget Sound area with his wife. When he's not writing, he works in IT for a prominent IT company in Seattle. He graduated from Bowie State University with an M.A. in Psychology, so when people call him with an IT problem, he can ask them "And how does that make you feel?" Tom is also privileged to serve on the board of the Cascade Writers, a writer's conference dedicated to providing educational seminars and workshops for those interested in writing and publishing original works.
Jeff is a Vancouver Entertainment Attorney with 30 years of experience. He practices entirely in the areas of entertainment and media, including issues involving literary works and publishing. He has represented both writers and publishers. He also frequently represents filmmakers offering options to writers of books, scripts and screenplays. He is an associate professor at UVic in entertainment and copyright law matters. Jeff was one of the entertainment lawyers for the 2010 Winter Olympics. He has also given legal lectures at BCIT, UBC, Langara College, and Thomson Rivers University.
Would you like to be a presenter at our event?Here's some information for you:
The Creative Ink Festival is a weekend long event with the goal of offering a great venue for creative people of all types. The goal is to get people inspired, motivated and encouraged while still providing a fun and educational atmosphere. In order to keep the registration fee much, MUCH lower than a conference, the festival will be based on a 'volunteer' convention model popular in the Science Fiction and Fantasy world that is designed to attract writers and artists of all levels while being affordable enough to attract readers and fans. All speakers except the official Guests of Honour volunteer their time and expertise. Speakers and volunteers who do not attend the festival outside of their presentations or volunteer work have no need to register though I expect most will as they'd intend to attend the festival when they are not speaking or volunteering.
Sound interesting? There are many ways to get involved. You can be a presenter, panelist, volunteer or sponsor. I know many of you have books, artwork and other endeavours to promote, so let me add we have flexible sponsorship packages available, whether it's a table in our expo, program advertising, website promotion, powerpoint advertising, outreach to all members in our goody bags or a combination of some or all, we will work with you so you get the most out of your presence at the event.
Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org with your bio and I will be in touch. I'm open to ideas for indvidual presentations or panels!
We'd love to have you be a part of our festival!
VolunteersWould you like to volunteer in a position other than a presenter, or in addition to being a presenter?
We will need help in many areas. Contact me at email@example.com and we'll get you on the team!