Guests of honour


Kelley Armstrong, 2019 GoH Emeriti

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.


Kevin Hearne, 2018 GoH Emeriti 

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.


Chris (C.C.) Humphreys, 2018 GoH Emeriti 

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:


“I was thrilled to be a part of the 2017 Creative Ink Festival, and I’m looking forward to 2018.  What a wonderful celebration of  genre writing, in its very many forms and with its infinite possibilities. “ - Eileen Kernaghan

Eileen Kernaghan, 2017 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.


Ken Scholes, 2017 GoH Emeriti

Ken Scholes is the award-winning, critically-acclaimed author of five novels and three short story collections.  His work has appeared in print for over fifteen years.

Ken's eclectic background includes time spent as a label gun repairman, a sailor who never sailed, a soldier who commanded a desk, a Baptist preacher (he got better), a nonprofit executive, a musician and a government procurement analyst.  He has a degree in History from Western Washington University.

Ken is a native of the Pacific Northwest and makes his home in Saint Helens, Oregon, where he lives with his twin daughters and plays gigs at his local Village Inn Lounge.  You can learn more about Ken by visiting


Carrie Vaughn, 2016 Author GoH Emeriti

Carrie Vaughn is the New York Time Bestselling author of close to twenty novels and over seventy short stories. She's best known for the Kitty Norville urban fantasy series about a werewolf who hosts a talk radio advice show for supernatural beings -- the series currently includes thirteen novels and a collection of short stories -- and the superhero novels in the Golden Age saga. She also writes the Harry and Marlowe steampunk short stories about an alternate nineteenth century that makes use of alien technology. She has a masters degree in English lit, graduated from the Odyssey Fantasy Writing Workshop in 1998, and returned to the workshop as Writer in Residence in 2009. She has been nominated for the Hugo Award, various RT Reviewer Choice Awards -- winning for Best First Mystery for Kitty and The Midnight Hour -- and won the 2011 WSFA Small Press award for best short story for "Amaryllis."


Galen Dara, 2016 Artist GoH Emeriti

Galen Dara likes monsters, mystics, and dead things. She has created art for Uncanny Magazine, 47North publishing, Fireside Magazine, Lightpseed, Lackington's, Resurrection House, and Ragnorok Publishing and has been nominated for the Hugo and the World Fantasy Awards. When Galen is not working on a project you can find her on the edge of the Sonoran Desert, climbing mountains and hanging out with a loving assortment of human and animal companions. Her website is and you can follow her on twitter. 


"Sandra Wickham's Creative Ink Festival is an impressively well organized and professionally run event. If this year's festival is what she can accomplish in her inaugural year, I can't wait to see where she takes this event next. I'm incredibly honored to have been part of this year's festival and look forward to participating in it for years to come." -Mark Teppo

Mark Teppo, 2015 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.