Kelley Armstrong - Guest of Honour 2019
Kelley Armstrong has been telling stories since before she could write. Her earliest written efforts were disastrous. If asked for a story about girls and dolls, hers would invariably feature undead girls and evil dolls, much to her teachers’ dismay. Today, she continues to spin tales of ghosts and demons and werewolves, while safely locked away in her basement-writing dungeon. She lives in southwestern Ontario with her husband, kids, and far too many pets.
Eileen Kernaghan - GoH Emeriti (2017)
Eileen Kernaghan’s historical fantasy novels range from the prehistoric Indus Valley to Victorian England. Her YA/teen novels include Wild Talent: A Novel of the Supernatural, The Alchemist’s Daughter (shortlisted for a BC Book Prize), The Snow Queen, and Dance of the Snow Dragon. Adult titles include Winter on the Plain of Ghosts: A Novel of Mohenjo-daro, and the Grey Isles series from Ace Books. Sophie, in Shadow, set in 1914 India, was shortlisted for both the 2014 Sheila Egoff Prize and the Sunburst Award. // Website: www.eileenkernaghan.ca // Blog: http://eileen-kernaghan.blogspot.com
Jonas Saul - Keynote Speaker 2019
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
Mark Teppo - GoH Emeriti (2014)
Troublemaker, Cat Herder, Writer.
Colleen Anderson’s 200 plus works have appeared in such venues as nEvermore!, Beauty of Death, Shoreline of Infinity, Heroic Fantasy Quarterly, OnSpec and Cemetery Dance. She is a three-time Aurora nominee and has received honorable mentions for poetry and fiction. Her past includes book buyer, book rep, Chizine poetry editor, Vancouver ChiSeries host, Tesseracts 17 and Playground of Lost Toys co-editor, as well as freelance copyediting. In 2018 her solo anthology Alice Unbound: Beyond Wonderland was released, and Black Shuck Books, UK published her dark fiction collection: A Body of Work. www.colleenanderson.wordpress.com
Faye Arcand is an award-winning short story writer, a freelancer, a columnist, and the author of a contemporary young adult novel under contract to The Rights Factory. Arcand has a BA in Criminology and worked in “the system” for many years. She loves to travel the world to study people, cultures, and places. Arcand lives in the south Okanagan with her family, ever faithful dog, and sassy calico.
Katrina Archer is the author of dark fantasy: The Tree of Souls and YA fantasy Untalented, a Library Journal Indie Ebook Award Honorable Mention. A professional engineer, she lives on her sailboat in Vancouver, BC, Canada. Katrina has worked in aerospace, video games, and film, and is a freelance copy editor and publisher of climate change site Little Blue Marble. She can operate almost any vehicle that can’t fly, doesn’t believe in life without books or chocolate, and was once owned by a cat more famous in Germany than she is. Connect with her online at www.katrinaarcher.com.
DD writes under several different pseudonyms. As Don DeBrandt, he's written several science fictions novels (THE QUICKSILVER SCREEN, STEELDRIVER, TIMBERJAK, V.I.), numerous pop-culture essays for Smartpop Books, and the Buffyverse media tie-in SHAKEDOWN (an ANGEL novel). As Donn Cortez, he’s written five CSI: Miami novels, two CSI: Vegas novels, a murder mystery set at Burning Man (THE MAN BURNS TONIGHT) and a thriller (THE CLOSER) which became a bestseller in Germany. (The sequel, REMOTE, is available as an e-book in English). As DD Barant, he's best known for his Bloodhound Files series: DYING BITES, DEATH BLOWS, KILLING ROCKS, BETTER OFF UNDEAD, BACK FROM THE UNDEAD and UNDEAD TO THE WORLD. As Dixie Lyle, he’s written the Whiskey, Tango and Foxtrot Mysteries: TO DIE FUR, A TASTE FUR MURDER, MARKED FUR MURDER and A DEADLY TAIL.
Donna Barker is a published author, career technical ghostwriter, writing coach, and co-founder of The Creative Academy, an online school that helps writers at all stages on their path to publication. Her novel Mother Teresa's Advice for Jilted Lovers won the Chatelaine award for best Mystery/Suspense in Women’s Fiction and was nominated for a Whistler Independent Book Award. She is currently working on a non-fiction book in the gonzo journalism-style called Girls Who Get Themselves in Trouble. Learn more or say hello at DonnaBarker.com.
Michelle Barker’s newest novel, The House of One Thousand Eyes, was named a YA Buzz Book for Fall 2018 by Publishers’ Lunch, as well as a Junior Library Guild gold standard pick. Michelle is also the author of A Year of Borrowed Men, a historical picture book and finalist for the TD Canadian Children’s Literature Award. Her fiction, non-fiction and poetry have appeared in literary reviews around the world. Michelle has an MFA in creative writing from UBC and works in Vancouver as a workshop leader and editor. www.michellebarker.ca
T.S. Bazelli writes software help by day, and YA fantasy novels by night. She currently lives in rainy Vancouver with her family. When she’s not at the keyboard, she’s making messes in the kitchen or sewing things.
Christel Bodenbender is a writer and yogi living in Vancouver. After a Master's in Linguistics, she rekindled her passion for penning narratives. Since then she has published a selection of short stories in the realm of speculative fiction. She is a certified yoga teacher and joins the festival with new ideas for yoga for writers.
Richard Graeme Cameron
"The Graeme" is the publisher of Polar Borealis, a free, online semi-pro SF&F magazine which is nevertheless a paying market for beginning Canadian writers. Eight issues have been published as of November, 2018. Three poems published in issue #4 were nominated for last year's Aurora Awards, and one of them, "Heaven is the Hell of No Choices" by Matt Moore, won! Graeme is also a columnist for Amazing Stories Magazine online. Winner of two fan Aurora Awards, Graeme's passion is encouraging and promoting Canadian SpecFic authors, poets, and artists.
Brenda Carre’s short fiction has appeared in the Magazine F&SF, Fiction River Anthologies, Pulp Literature Magazine and BundleRabbit. Brenda’s tempestuous female lead, Gret, figured as the cover story in Pulp Literature Magazine’s Issue 15. Brenda challenges herself to write strong female leads, combining the genre of mythic epic fantasy with the beautiful southwest coast of Vancouver Island.
Originally from northern Ontario, now transplanted to Vancouver, BC. Her stories are in Podcastle, Shimmer, Pulp Literature, and Viable Paradise (2011). She is a Taos Toolbox (2017) alum, Codex, and SFWA Associate Member.
Dwayne Clayden uses his knowledge and experience as a police officer and paramedic to write crime thrillers. His first novel, Crisis Point, was a finalist for the 2015 Crime Writers of Canada, Unhanged Arthur. His short story, Hell Hath No Fury, was published in AB Negative, an anthology of short stories from Alberta Crime Writers.
His vast experience working with emergency services spans over 40 years and includes work as a police officer, paramedic, tactical paramedic, firefighter, emergency medical services (EMS) chief, educator, and academic chair.
Dwayne’s upcoming book series, Writing Realistic Scenes, provides writers with realistic information on EMS, police, fire, air medical, and 911/dispatch so authors can be accurate in how they portray the emergency services in their writing.
He also writes a column, What Movies and TV Get Wrong, a sometimes serious, other times tongue in cheek critique of the way emergency services are portrayed.
Dwayne is a popular speaker at writing conferences and to writing groups providing police and medical procedures advice and editing to authors and screenwriters. The co-author of four paramedic textbooks, he has spoken internationally at EMS conferences for the past three decades. He is on the Board of Directors for the Crime Writers of Canada and the Alexandra Writers Centre Society. DwayneClayden.com
Eileen Cook is a multi-published author with her novels appearing in eight languages. Her books have been optioned for film and TV. She spent most of her teen years wishing she were someone else or somewhere else, which is great training for a writer. Her newest book, YOU OWE ME A MURDER will be out in March 2019. She’s an instructor/mentor with the Simon Fraser University Writer’s Studio Program and with The Creative Academy. Eileen lives in Vancouver with two very naughty dogs, and no longer wishes to be anyone or anywhere else.
Melanie Cossey’s love of the Victorian period, combined with her penchant for impactful unsettling stories, nurtures her desire for creating troubling tales of gothic horror. Her debut gothic novel, A Peculiar Curiosity, was recently published by Fitzroy Books. Her piece, The Blackwood Article, was published in the Poe anthology: Quoth The Raven. Melanie’s short fiction has been shortlisted in numerous contests. She is a member of the Horror Writer’s Association, and is a Simon Fraser University certified editor who is actively seeking clients.
Cross's Dragon Temple Trilogy sold at auction to Penguin, USA, and internationally with Heyne. Her first novel, Touched by Venom, made it onto one of Library Journal's Top 5 sci-fi/fantasy lists, and her literary novel, The Footstop Cafe, was published by Dundurn. She's sold fiction & non-fiction to various magazines, is a past president of the North Shore Writers Association, and has taught workshops at Creative Ink Festival, V-Con, OryCon, and the Vancouver International Writers & Readers Festival. Reach her at: Facebook, www.janinecross.ca and her travel blog: thewanderingeye.ca
Linda DeMeulemeester is the author of the critically acclaimed middle grade Grim Hill series. The Secret of Grim Hill won the Silver Birch award and was one of Canadian Toy Testing Council’s year’s best books. Her other books have been nominated or shortlisted for several awards, including the British Columbia’s Red Cedar Award. In September 2018, Heritage House published her whole new spooky middle grade adventure, The Mystery of Croaker’s Island, where a group of unlikely friends search for the sinister connection between mysterious ocean echoes, missing cats, and teenagers walking in their sleep with no recollection of where they’ve been. What sinister force has enshrouded this sleepy coastal town?
Melanie Dixon (Mel Dawn) is obsessed with all things written and published. Each year, Creative Ink Festival inspires her to write and publish an entirely new book. She also ghostwrites novels for busy authors, and has several published short stories in anthologies from the USA. In past years she’s published The Aquaria Chronicles and Just One More Purr. What will she write next? She might have to hop in her time machine to answer that question. Hint: Zombie Survival Club.
Adam Dreece is an international best-selling young adult author, and frequent funny and inspiring 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, he 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, and surrounded by his three kids and amazing wife.
Barbara Ferrer is a Cuban-American writer whose works span multiple genres and have garnered both critical praise and awards, including being named a Publishers Weekly’s Best Books of the Year roundup and the Romance Writers of America’s RITA®. Active in social media, Ferrer maintains an online presence on Twitter (@BarbFerrer), Facebook (barbaracaridadferrer), Instagram (barbaracferrer) and her website (caridadferrer.com), where she enjoys interacting with readers and creative individuals from various mediums.
Manny Frishberg has been making up science fiction and fantasy stories since he was 8 years old, studying writing them since the 1980s, and selling short stories since 2010. By day, he is a freelance editor and a science writer. He can be found at mannyfrishberg.com
Despite her name, Barbara Gordon does not fight crime. She works in a library, searching online for rare and out of print books (yes, it is the best job in the world). When she can make herself stop doing research, she writes historical fantasy. Her work has been published in Beneath Ceaseless Skies and Coyote Wild.
Tyner is a storyteller, a lawman, a Scotch drinker and a bit of a meathead. His favourite pastime is sitting in his home office, telling himself bad jokes and writing them down. He has two published novels, with Dark Dragon publishing, with two more on the way this year. You can learn more about him at www.tynergillies.com.
Wren Handman is a novelist, fiction writer, and screenwriter. She’s written three novels: Last Cut (Lorimer Ltd 2012) and Command the Tides (Omnific 2015), and In Restless Dreams, which was originally self published and is now forthcoming from Parliament House Press. Check out The Switch, Wren’s TV comedy about trans life in Vancouver. Follow her blog at www.wrenhandman.com/blog, or on Twitter @wrenhandman.
Alistair Holness is a professional locksmith. He discovered his interest in the trade in his late teens by learning to pick locks and dabbling in mischief. His work has given him experience with modern and vintage style locks, as well as a background with safes dating back as far as the early 1900s. Alistair has a background in martial arts, including a 2nd Degree Black Belt in Tae Kwon Do.
Matthew Hughes writes fantasy and space opera, often in a Jack Vance mode. Booklist has called him Vance’s “heir apparent.” He has sold nineteen novels. His short fiction has appeared in Asimov’s, F&SF, Postscripts, Lightspeed, and Interzone, and bestselling. He has won the Canadian equivalent of the Edgar, and been shortlisted for the Aurora, Nebula, Philip K. Dick, Endeavour (twice), A.E. Van Vogt, and Derringer Awards. He is now self-publishing his backlist as ebooks and POD paperbacks. Web page: http://www.matthewhughes.org
CJ Hunt writes contemporary romance set in the fictional Vancouver Island town of Rivers End—some with a dash of intrigue and/or a touch of magic! She can often be found sipping some sort of handcrafted cocktail while contemplating how to complicate everyone’s lives just enough that when they get their happy endings, you really feel like they’ve earned it. CJ is a founder and mentor at The Creative Academy, current President of the Greater Vancouver Writers Association: Romance and Beyond, and a member of Vancouver Island Romance Authors. She also sits on the board of directors for the Surrey International Writers’ Conference. You can learn more and connect with Crystal as CJ Hunt on her author website: https://cjhuntromance.com/ or as Crystal Stranaghan in her mentor capacity at The Creative Academy: https://ccscreativeacademy.com/
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, Kiss of the Cockroach Queen, and the upcoming Bones by Breakfast, Elemental Tales, and Devil Got My Woman
Rissa Johnson, BA English Literature; Film and Video Studies, is a left-handed, Jewish, dysgraphic, insomniac who stays up all night wrestling with Dog. A technical editor and writer, their poetry and flash fiction have won awards, including the City of Surrey Youth Recognition Award in Creative Contributions.
Katherine Koller writes for stage, screen and page. Her trilogy of Alberta Landworks plays includes Last Chance Leduc, The Seed Savers and Coal Valley. Last Chance Leduc won the Alberta Playwriting Competition, was a finalist in the Herman Voaden National Playwriting Competition, and had its professional debut at the Backstage Theatre in Edmonton (2018). Her six-part web documentary, Sustainable Me, features Edmonton youth changing their world,(sustainablemeyeg.ca). Katherine’s short fiction has appeared in Alberta Views, Room, Epiphany and Grain. Art Lessons, her first novel, was a finalist for both the Edmonton Book Prize and the Alberta Readers’ Choice Award. Her book of short stories, Winning Chance, will appear in spring 2019, as will a recital reading of her new opera libretto, The Handless Maiden, in Vancouver.
Stacey Kondla is a bibliophile who has lived and breathed the book business for the past 16 years. Her experience includes working as a Field Representative for Scholastic Book Fairs, managing the IndigoKids department at two different Chapters/Indigo stores, serving on the organizing committee of When Words Collide, and freelance editing. Stacey joined The Rights Factory as an Associate Agent in March 2018 and specializes in kids’ books–picture books up to YA, fiction and non-fiction.
Jonathan Sean Lyster
Jonathan Sean Lyster figures out what genre he has written after the tale is done. He discovered he’s a crime writer when a short story was nominated for the Arthur Ellis Award, and a horror writer when his wife said to never to give her another horror story without advance warning. Jonathan has published two novels so far. OBLIVION'S WAKE is a standalone science fiction psychological thriller. JUDGMENT DAZE is the first of a comic urban fantasy series. His next novel, THE FROG OF WAR, is due for publication in November.
A past nominee for both the Aurora Award and the Journey Prize, John Mavin is the author of Rage. He's taught creative writing at Capilano University, Simon Fraser University, the University of British Columbia, with New Shoots, and at the Learning Exchange in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside. Visit him at www.johnmavin.com
Tash is a Welsh-Canadian author and teacher. They've been published in multiple anthologies, and their first personal release, a YA novella called SLAM, was an international bestseller. Their debut series, The Psionics, is being released in full over 2019, from Nine Star Press. When they're not writing, they're usually found teaching either Computer Science or English in Vancouver. Tash identifies as trans and queer and uses the neutral pronoun 'they'. As an English teacher they are fully equipped to defend that grammar! They have a degree in computer science so their nerd chat makes sense, and a couple of black belts in karate which are very helpful when it comes to writing fight scenes. Their novel writing endeavours began at the age of eight, although they will admit that their first attempt was derivative, at best. Since then, Tash has spent time falling in streams, out of trees, juggling, dreaming about zombies, dancing, painting, learning and then teaching Karate, running away with the circus, and of course, writing. They write fast-paced, plot-centric action adventure with diverse casts. They write the books that they wanted to read as a queer kid and young adult (and still do!)
RANDY MCCHARLES is a full-time author of speculative and crime fiction including the Peter Galloway Mystery series. He is the recipient of several Aurora Awards (Canada's most prestigious award for speculative fiction) and the 2013 winner of the House of Anansi 7-day Ghost Story Contest. In addition to writing, Randy organizes various events including the award-winning When Words Collide Festival for Readers and Writers. www.randymccharles.com
Elissa McColl writes fast-paced YA historical fiction novels set in Ancient Greece. Her characters are based on archaeological discoveries of real warrior women from the European steppes. She spent her twenties traveling to 40+ countries and working as an Exploration Geophysicist. She has snorkeled with jellyfish, cage dived with sharks, stalked lemurs and been chased by African pirates. She now has an easy day job where she can write at work and lives in Canmore, Alberta. She is also an avid alpine skier and white water kayaker.
JP (Jo-Anne) McLean writes contemporary fantasy. The first book of her Gift Legacy series earned honourable mention at the Whistler Independent Book Awards. JP is a graduate of the University of British Columbia’s Sauder School of Business and makes her home on the coast of British Columbia.
Ellen Michelle has been working in book publishing for three years as a freelance editor, managing editor for a small press, and book reviewer. She specializes all of her work in speculative fiction (primarily science fiction and fantasy, but also crime, mystery, and horror), and enjoys working with independent and first-time authors, as well as curating anthologies. Ellen is a Master of Publishing candidate at Simon Fraser University, and recently launched her own publishing company: Constellate Publishing.
Joshua Pantalleresco writes stuff, and podcasts too. Alice Zero is his current written work. It's an epic poem reimagining Alice in Wonderland as Greek mythology. His other new series is the Cloud Diver series, a science fiction novel in the vein of Sword Art Online or the Matrix. He is an Aurora Award winning podcaster. His series, Just Joshing won the 2018 Aurora Award for best fan related content. He lives in Calgary.
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 Warpworld series, the 2010 winner of the Surrey International Writer’s Conference Storyteller Award, and her stories have most recently appeared in Pulp Literature and Escape Pod. Find Kristene on Twitter as @KristenePerron, on Facebook as @warpworld, or on Warpworld.ca
A student of philosophy, psychology, and the sciences, Lewis has an appreciation for both characters with complex motivations and stories that are thought-provoking. He also enjoys books that strike a balance between serious and humorous moments. While he has edited mostly romance, and is partial to all sorts of speculative fiction from high fantasy and urban fantasy (but not Keith Urban fantasies) to science fiction and paranormal, interesting characters with genuine emotions and snappy retorts usually win him over regardless of genre.
G. S. (Gabrielle) Prendergast is a writer, teacher and designer living in Vancouver, Canada. She is represented by Barbara Poelle at the Irene Goodman Literary Agency. Gabrielle writes middle grade and YA contemporary and historical as Gabrielle Prendergast. Her science fiction and fantasy is published as G.S. Prendergast. In 2014 she was the Writer in Residence at Vancouver Public Library. In 2015 she was nominated for the BC Book Prizes and was chosen to tour the province to promote BC Books. In 2017 Gabrielle took part in the TD Canada Children’s Book Week Tour. She has also been nominated for the White Pine Award and the CLA Award. Gabrielle won the Westchester Award for Audacious. Audacious was included in CBC’s list of 100 YA Books That Make You Proud to be Canadian. A poem from Capricious was chosen for the 2014 Poetry in Transit Program. Pandas on the East Side was chosen as an Ontario Library Association Best Bet for Junior Fiction in 2016. It was also nominated/shortlisted for the Chocolate Lily Award, The Red Cedar Award, the Diamond Willow Award, the Myrca Award and the Vancouver Book Award. Her 2017 Book Zero Repeat Forever won the BC Book Prizes Sheila A. Egoff Prize for Children’s Literature. She participated in the BC Book Prizes Tour again in 2018, visiting schools and libraries in south eastern BC.
Bryce Raffle writes steampunk, horror, and fantasy. He was the lead writer for Ironclad Games’ multiplayer online game Sins of A Dark Age, is the founder of Grimmer & Grimmer Books, and was the editor of DeadSteam. His short stories have appeared in numerous anthologies, including Hideous Progeny: Classic Horror Goes Punk, DeadSteam, Denizens of Steam and Den of Antiquity. His short story, The Complications of Avery Vane, was awarded Best Steampunk Short in the Preditors and Editors Reader’s Poll in 2016. He lives in beautiful Vancouver, Canada, where he works in the film industry.
Rhea Rose of Metro Vancouver, BC has published many short speculative fiction and poetry pieces in venues like Evolve: Vampire Stories of the New Undead, Tesseracts Anthologies: 1, 2, 6, 9, 10, 17, 20, onspecmag, Masked Mosaic, and Exile Editions’ Dead North. She received honourable mentions in the (2014, 2010, 2007) Year’s Best Horror anthologies, appeared in Christmas Forever, twice made the preliminaries for the Nebula Award, and was twice an Aurora Award nominee. She is a teacher of creative writing, holds an MFA in creative writing from UBC, has edited poetry for Edge Press, and hosted the Vancouver Science Fiction and Fantasy (V-Con) writers’ workshops. Her most recent stories and poems are included in Second Contacts, Art Song Lab, Clockwork Canada, Tesseracts 20 Compostela (Fall 2017), 49th Parallels Alternative Canadian Histories and Futures (Spring 2018), and Indie novels, short stories and collections to be found at Amazon and Smashwords. March 2018 she will be doing Blue Pencil Café for the Tri-City wordsmiths writers’ workshop at UBC. www.rheaerose.weebly.com (website), www.rhearose.com (blog), Twitter: @rheaerose1
Patricia Sandberg lived as a baby in a tent-house, grew up surrounded by uranium, and for a while was a securities and mining lawyer. Her book, Sun Dogs and Yellowcake, told the story of a Cold War uranium mining town that residents said was ‘the best place they ever lived’. Sun Dogs won an International Book Award, an IPPY, and was shortlisted for the Fred Kerner and Whistler Independent Non-Fiction awards. She loves writing short stories and is working on a novel. Her website is: patriciasandberg.com
Gail Sattler is an award winning royalty/advance author of over 40 novels and novellas, plus a few works of non fiction. A recent empty-nester, Gail has now co-written a book with her husband, and they have plans for more. You can also find her playing her bass guitar in one of her two bands, a jazz band, and an Elton John tribute band. When she's not writing novels or making music, you can find Gail Sattler sitting back with a hot coffee and reading. Visit Gail Sattler's website at www.gailsattler.com
Robert J. Sawyer
Robert J. Sawyer is one of only eight writers ever to win all three of the science-fiction field’s top awards for best novel of the year: the Hugo (which he won in 2003 for Hominids), the Nebula (which he won in 1996 for The Terminal Experiment), and the John W. Campbell Memorial Award (which he won in 2006 for Mindscan). In 2014, he was won of the initial inductees in the Canadian Science Fiction and Fantasy Hall of Fame, and in 2016 he was made a Member of The Order of Canada, the highest civilian honor bestowed by the Canadian government. According to The Locus Index to Science Fiction Awards, he has won more awards as a science fiction or fantasy novelist than anyone else in the history of those genres. The ABC TV series FlashForward was based on his Aurora Award-winning novel of the same name, and he serves as consultant on the TV series and wrote the 19th episode, “Course Correction.” He also wrote the teleplays for “To Boldly Go,” the two-part series finale for the popular Star Trek Continues web series. Rob’s other novels include Starplex, Frameshift, Factoring Humanity, Calculating God, Humans, Rollback, and Wake, all of which were Hugo Award finalists; in total he’s authored 23 novels. His latest is Quantum Night. In 2008, Rob won China’s Galaxy Award, that country’s top honor in SF, for “Most Popular Foreign Author.” He’s won Japan’s top SF award, the Seiun, for best foreign novel three times, and Spain’s 6,000-euro Premio UPC de Ciencia Ficción an unprecedented three times as well. In addition, he’s won Analog’s Analytical Laboratory Award, the Crime Writers of Canada’s Arthur Ellis Award, and Science Fiction Chronicle’s Reader Award, all for best short story of the year. Rob has been called “the dean of Canadian science fiction” (by The Ottawa Citizen), “Canada’s answer to Michael Crichton” (by The Toronto Star) and “just about the best science fiction writer out there” (by the Denver Rocky Mountain News). SF Site says he has “undoubtedly cemented his reputation as one of the foremost science fiction writers of our generation,” and The New York Review of Science Fiction calls him “a gentle giant of a writer.” He was the first science fiction author to have a website (at sfwriter.com), was a pioneer of giving away fiction online (doing so since 1995), had a blog even before the word “blog” existed, tweets as RobertJSawyer, and is active on Facebook. But he’s even more fun in the flesh, so come up and say hello.
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, Escape Pod, and many other publications throughout the world. She hopes to save the world through science fiction and homegrown heritage tomatoes. Find her at hollyschofield.wordpress.com
Chloe Cocking has lived in the Vancouver Rainforest for most of her life. She enjoys eating pie and sleeping. Fiction is the only legal outlet for her impulses. Her work includes: Saving Seeds (anthology, 2014) Blood Rain (novel, 2017) Fables, Fictions, and Fantasies (short story collection 2018) Her intermittent blog–Dark Wine and Shallow Graves– can be found at www.chloecocking.com
Ian Thomas Shaw was born in Vancouver, British Columbia. For the last 33 years, he has worked as a diplomat and as an international development worker, living in Africa, the Middle East and Europe. He currently lives in Aylmer, Quebec. He is the founder of Deux Voiliers Publishing, the Prose in the Park Literary Festival, and the Ottawa Review of Books. Quill of the Dove (Guernica, April 2019) is his second novel. Website: www.ianthomasshaw.com
T G Shepherd lives, works and argues about comic books on Twitter (@tgshepherdvan) in Vancouver, BC.
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.
Sadiq Somjee is a graphic novelist, artist and writer with a software engineering and technology management background. He published his first graphic novel in 2015.
Writer, copy/line editor, mom, bibliophile, dedicated cat person, Superman freak. Represented by Victoria Doherty-Munro at Writers House.
In addition to writing science fiction and fantasy novels, Jessica runs a sole legal practice. Her passion in the legal profession is family law, and she has extensive litigation and mediation experience. In her work doing both private and legal aid work, she has experience with most areas of the legal profession, and is passionate about imparting her knowledge to anyone who will listen. Her independently published fantasy novel, Mortis Unbound, is available in both e-book and paperback format, and she independently publishes erotic short stories under the pen name Suzanne Fisher.
Diana Stevan arrived late to the writing game, after an eclectic work life as a clinical social worker, teacher, model, actor, and freelance journalist for CBC Television. Publications include a couple of novels, a novelette, poetry, and newspaper and magazine articles. Her third novel, SUNFLOWERS UNDER FIRE, will be published in March, 2019. She lives on Vancouver Island and in West Vancouver with her husband.
Frank Talaber was born in Beaverlodge, Alberta, where the claim to fame is a fox with flashing eyes in the only pub. Yeah, big place, that's why his family left when he was knee high to a grasshopper and moved to Edmonton, Alberta. Eventually he got tired of ten months of winter, and two of bad slush, and moved to Chilliwack, BC. Great place, Cedar trees, can cut the grass nine months of the year and, oh it does snow here once or twice. Just enough to have to find out what happened to the bloody snow shovel and have to use it. GRRR. He's spent most of his life either fixing cars or managing automotive shops, and is a licensed automotive technician. However it’s the little muses that keep twigging on his pencil that won’t let his writing pad stay blank. He's had several short stories published, been short-listed in contests over the years, and had a few automotive articles published in RV magazines. He has several novels published through BWL publishing, which include the genres of urban fantasy, thriller, crime and romance. He also has written in science fiction, spiritual, erotica and comedy genres as well. When asked once, "where does this creativity spring from?" he answered, "It’s the Gypsy blood from my mother’s Hungarian ancestry". It’s literary madness that drives his wife crazy when he leaves their bed in the middle of the night to pound out some sort of prosaic induced brilliance. “Here we go again, the next War and Peace, aka 21st century,” she moans, only to realize it’s either gibberish, or there’s no lead in his pencil, and he's scribbled on sixteen blank pages in the dark. When asked about 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. He is also working on a script and movie project and plans to get his works into films at some point.
Sylvia Taylor is an award-winning freelance writer, editor, educator, and communications specialist in Metro Vancouver, with a passionate commitment to communication. From conference keynotes to literary coaching, book editing to business websites, ghostwriting to workshops, Sylvia offers writing-related expertise for every literary need and purpose. Whether supporting others in their self-expression, collaborating in commissioned work, or creating insightful commentary and reportage, Sylvia draws from her professional background in education, administration and creative arts. With 400 magazine and newspaper articles in print and 75 commercial and business writing projects, she consults with a diverse range of entrepreneurs, organizations, and businesses. She has edited over 120 manuscripts in all genres and works extensively with Canadian and international authors through all stages and phases of writing and publishing. Sylvia is the former Executive Director of the Federation of BC Writers, after eight years as a Regional Director and two years as President. She currently sits on the Board of Directors of the Arts Council of Surrey and is Board Advisor to ArtsCan and the Royal City Literary Arts Society. She is also an inspiring public speaker and presenter at numerous conferences throughout North America and in writing programs and judges numerous writing competitions, including the 2013 BC Book Awards in Creative Non-fiction and in her 14th year as prose judge for the Surrey Libraries Young Adult Writing Competition. Her creative writing and poetry has appeared in anthologies and genre magazines in Canada and the U.S, and was shortlisted for the CBC National Literary Awards in creative non-fiction. Her devotion to wellness and the arts led to a nomination for the Women of Excellence Awards. She is a popular author at numerous literary events, where she reads from her works and contributes to panels as an industry expert. Heritage House Publishing launched her literary memoir, The Fisher Queen: A Deckhand’s Tales of the BC Coast in 2012, and her second marine-themed, biographical and ecological reveal, Beckoned by the Sea: Women at Work on the Cascadia Coast, in 2017. Sylvia Taylor Communications Writer, Editor, Educator, Consultant Business Communications Specialist Author: The Fisher Queen; Beckoned by the Sea Director, Arts Council of Surrey Member, Canadian Authors’ Asssoc. www.sylviataylor.ca firstname.lastname@example.org
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
Lisa Voisin is a graduate of Simon Fraser University’s Writer’s Studio and author of Young Adult fantasy fiction. Her debut novel, The Watcher, won the Chanticleer grand prize for Paranormal fiction. She is also a technical writer, a meditation teacher, and, in her spare time, leads a local writing group for teens. Find out more about her at http://lisavoisin.com
KT Wagner writes speculative fiction in the garden of her Maple Ridge home. She enjoys daydreaming and is a collector of strange plants, weird trivia and obscure tomes. KT graduated from Simon Fraser University’s Writers Studio in 2015 and attended Futurescapes in 2018. Her short stories are published in Daily Science Fiction and several anthologies and she’s currently working on two scifi horror novels set in coastal B.C. KT can be found online at www.northernlightsgothic.com and @KT_Wagner.
Krista writes primarily Fantasy, in a closet in Port Coquitlam. Her story "To Serve and Protect" appears in 49th Parallels, (Bundoran Press), and she also has work in Pulp Literature and electricspec.org. Her theatre background has led her to being Musical Director for highschool productions (Rent, In the Heights, Anything Goes, etc.), to co-create a play with her husband and two offspring in the Victoria Fringe Festival, and to add audiobook narration to her CV. Krista sings in two bands: FAT Jazz and the Itty Bitty Big Band.
Brie has been writing every day since the economy tanked and her job was downsized. It seemed it was time to do the thing she’d been told to do since the third grade: write. She writes stories for people who enjoy the magic that connects us. Stories of loss, and compassion, beauty and betrayal.
Dean Wells is author of the ongoing "Clockwork Millennials" series published in Beneath Ceaseless Skies. His other works of speculative fiction have appeared in Quantum Muse, Ideomancer, 10Flash Quarterly, Eldritch Tales, The Nocturnal Lyric, and the anthologies Ceaseless Steam and The Best of BCS Year 4. He has also written for the performing arts in various capacities. Dean is an active member of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, and teaches writing at Tacoma Community College, Washington.
Sandra Wickham lives in Vancouver, Canada with her husband and superpowered son with Down syndrome. Her friends call her a needle crafting aficionado, health guru and ninja-in-training. Sandra’s short stories have appeared in The Urban Green Man, Sirens, Equus, Evolve: Vampires of the New Undead, Crossed Genres magazine, Luna Station Quarterly and more. She slush reads for Lightspeed Magazine and is the chair of the Creative Ink Festival for writers and readers.
Tom D Wright is a science fiction author in the Pacific Northwest. He graduated with a Masters in Psychology from Bowie State University in Bowie, Maryland and is the Board Chair for Cascade Writers, a non-profit dedicated to providing educational seminars and workshops for writers. Tom has a number of books, both traditionally and self-published, along with a number of short stories. Learn more at http://www.tomdwright.com/
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.