Wesley Chu - Guest of Honour 2020

Wesley Chu is a #1 New York Times bestselling with nine published books. In 2015, he won the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer and is considered one of the hottest writers in the Science Fiction & Fantasy genre. His debut, THE LIVES OF TAO, won the Young Adult Library Services Association Alex Award and was a finalist for the Goodreads Choice Awards for Best Science Fiction. A consultant and former banking executive, Chu is an accomplished martial artist and a member of the Screen Actors Guild. He has acted in film and television, and has worked as a model and stuntman, and recently returned from summiting Kilimanjaro.

Colleen Anderson - Guest of Honour 2020

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

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

Mark Teppo - GoH Emeriti (2014)

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Faye Arcand

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

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 Barant

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

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

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

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.

Nancy M. Bell

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

Christel Bodenbender

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

Brenda writes long and short fiction in a variety of genres. Her short fiction appears in the Magazine of F&Sf, Pulp Literature, Fiction River Anthologies, Pulphouse Magazine and in book bundles. She is currently at work on a large world fantasy series based on comparative mythologies.

Stephanie Charette

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

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

Chloe Cocking

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

Eileen Cook

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. She’s an instructor/mentor with The Creative Academy and Simon Fraser University Writer’s Studio Program where she loves helping other writers find their unique story to tell. Eileen lives in Vancouver with two very naughty dogs.

Melanie Cossey

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.

Janine Cross

Voted by Library Journal as one of the top five sci-fi/fantasy novelists of 2005, Janine Cross is the author of the internationally renowned The Dragon Temple Trilogy, and the literary novel, The Footstop Cafe. She's taught creative writing at the Vancouver International Writers & Readers Festival, Creative Ink Festival, the North Shore Arts Symposium, and OryCon. As a private pilot, she writes aviation articles for the Canadian Owners & Pilots Association and teaches through Airtime Canada at aviation events and secondary and elementary schools.

Linda Demeulemeester

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?

Mel Dixon

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

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.

Barb Ferrer

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

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

Karen Garry

Illustrator, Fibers Artist and Writer, Karen Garry, founded Heart Shaped Rawk in 2016 with the mandate to create cute collectibles that are environmentally sound and to tell compassionate stories that warm the heart of every Kidult. Full of critical thought, philosophical musings and colourful masterpieces, Heart Shaped Rawk Books allow the reader to escapade in a locally printed and lovingly painted world where needle felted and watercolour illustrated characters set out to prove that anything is possible if you just follow your heart.

Barbara Gordon

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 Gillies

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.

Lee-Anne Hancock

I recently retired as a poison information specialist with over twenty-six years of practice, currently writing murder mysteries with poisons as the murder focus. My first book is written and am now editing it. My experience is in plant, drugs (both pharmaceutical and street drugs), animals and chemical exposures with appropriate treatments. I have worked with the BC Centre for Disease Control, hospitals (ICU’s, ER’s), pharmacies and frantic parents. I have done poison prevention talks to the general public, professionals, seniors and multicultural groups.

Wren Handman

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.

Maria Haskins

I’m a Swedish-Canadian writer and translator. I was born and grew up in Sweden, but have lived in Canada since the 1990s. I write speculative fiction short stories, and I also review speculative fiction for B&N's Sci-Fi & Fantasy Blog. My fiction has appeared in Beneath Ceaseless Skies, PseudoPod, Podcastle, Flash Fiction Online, Cast of Wonders, Shimmer, and elsewhere.

Wendy Hawkin

W. L. Hawkin writes “edgy urban fantasy with a twist of murder.” Her Hollystone Mysteries series features a coven of Vancouver witches who solve murders using their wits and ritual magic, and a little help from the gods. Wendy is also a blogger, reviewer, Indie publisher, and poet, with a background in Indigenous Studies and English literature. She loves mythology and magic and energy work. Although she is an introvert, in each book, her characters embark on a heroic journey where she has traveled herself.

Alistair Holness

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.

Matt Hughes

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

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/

Nikki Iversen

Nicole "Nikki" Iversen has been in love with books all her life, but it wasn't until 2004 when she started having an affair with writing. Her short stories have been featured in anthologies Alice Unbound: Beyond Wonderland, Power: In the hands of one, in the hands of many, and Brave New Girls: Adventures of Gals and Gizmos. Goodreads:https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/17992902.Nicole_Iversen Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/nicoleiversenwriter/ Website: https://nicoleiversen.wixsite.com/nicolewriter

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, Kiss of the Cockroach Queen, and the upcoming Bones by Breakfast, Elemental Tales, and Devil Got My Woman

Rissa Johnson

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.

Stacey Kondla

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.

Rowena List

Rowena is a Professional Organizer, Coach, Speaker and owner of Getting It Together. Her no nonsense approach to getting and staying organized has helped hundreds of people world wide. She has been seen on Global TV several times and featured in many magazines and local Newspapers like the Vancouver Sun and Province. Rowena believes in "Success without Struggle"

T.J. Lockwood

T.J. Lockwood is an author, artist and podcast host who has a special place in her heart for Speculative Fiction. Her writings include everything from futuristic worlds to a jellyfish who just wants to show the world his magic. She enjoys leveling up her skills in both virtual and physical realms, walking in Vancouver rain, doodling comics, and rambling about stories of any medium.

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.

John Mavin

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 McAdam

Tash is a Welsh-Canadian author and highschool teacher. When they're not writing or teaching, they can usually be found reading a book in the park, forest, camping, travelling or snuggled in bed. They are the author of young adult science fiction series, The Psionics, urban fantasy Warp Weavers, and multiple short stories.
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

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). Randy's most recent publications include the Peter Galloway soft-boiled detective series. His newest novel -- A Connecticut Gumshoe in King Arthur's Court -- will be available in August 2020 from Tyche Books. In addition to writing, Randy organizes various literary events including the award-winning When Words Collide Festival for Readers and Writers. www.randymccharles.com

Elissa McColl

Elissa McColl writes fast-paced YA historical fiction novels set in Ancient Greece. Her characters are based on archaeological discoveries of real warrior women from the European steppes. She spent her twenties traveling to 40+ countries and working as an Exploration Geophysicist. She has snorkeled with jellyfish, cage dived with sharks, stalked lemurs and been chased by African pirates. She now has an easy day job where she can write at work and lives in Canmore, Alberta. She is also an avid alpine skier and white water kayaker.

Tod McCoy

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 Books, 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 Godfall & Other Stories by Sandra M. Odell.

Jo-Ann McLean

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

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.

Josh Pantalleresco

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

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

Lewis Pollak

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. Prendergast

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

Bryce Raffle writes steampunk, horror, and fantasy. He was the lead writer for Ironclad Games’ multiplayer online game Sins of A Dark Age and is the founder of Grimmer & Grimmer Books. His short stories have appeared in numerous anthologies, including DeadSteam, Hideous Progeny: Classic Horror Goes Punk, Taught by Time: Myth Goes Punk, 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.

Merrilee Robson

Merrilee Robson's most recent publications include mystery short stories in Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine, Mystery Weekly, the People’s Friend, Mysteryrat's Maze podcast, and The Desperate and the Damned, a new anthology from Toe Six Press. Her mystery novel, Murder is Uncooperative, is set in a Vancouver non-profit housing co-op. The manuscript for her second novel, Summer Smoke, a historical mystery set in the month before the first World War, is a finalist for the Killer Nashville Claymore Award 2019.

Rhea Rose

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

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

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

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

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

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

Ian Shaw

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

T G Shepherd lives, works and argues about comic books on Twitter (@tgshepherdvan) in Vancouver, BC.

Farida Somjee

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

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.

Jenn Sommersby

Writer, copy/line editor, mom, bibliophile, dedicated cat person, Superman freak. Represented by Victoria Doherty-Munro at Writers House.

Jessica Steiner

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

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 Talabar

Writer by Soul. A natural storyteller, whose compelling thoughts are freed from the depths of the heart and the subconscious before being poured onto the page. Literature written beyond the realms of genre he is known to grab readers; kicking, screaming, laughing or crying and drag them into his novels. Enter the literary world of Frank Talaber.

Sylvia Taylor

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 words@sylviataylor.ca

Michelle Vandepol

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

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

K.T. Wagner

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 Wallace

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 Wells

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

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.

Jane Whittingham

Jane Whittingham is the author of three traditionally-published picture books (Wild One, A Good Day for Ducks, Queenie Quail Can't Keep Up) and about a million half-finished manuscripts. She's also a children's librarian and blogs about books at www.raincitylibrarian.ca

Sandra Wickham

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 Wright

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 Young

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.