Our Team

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SANDRA WICKHAM - Festival Goddess, Chairperson

Sandra's friends call her a needle crafting aficionado, health guru and ninja-in-training. Sandra's short stories have appeared in many anthologies and online magazines. She slush reads for Lightspeed Magazine and for some unknown reason, likes to tackle giant projects like a weekend long literary festival.
 

 

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Margaret Arsenault - General Magician 

Margaret, master crafter and long time bookwork, is always there for the committee when it needs a little magic. Because that's what she does. 

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Mel Dawn - Copy Editor

For an inexplicable reason, Mel Dawn moved into New Westminster and never left. She’s a professionally published online content writer who also enjoys writing speculative fiction. Besides numerous published articles and short stories she also has two published books under her full name of Melanie Dixon: The Aquaria Chronicles; and Just One More Purr: Chronic and Terminal Illness Support for Cats and the Humans Who Love Them.

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Kate Embree - Programming 

Kate Embree is a literary nerd who loves to write, owns reptiles bigger than she is and conveniently has a black belt in Tae Kwon do to back up the snark that often escapes her. She got tricked into that "school" thing for a Bachelor's degree in English literature, which is why she has two jobs now. Kate is Sandra's programming assistant/slave for Creative Ink, and will hanging around the festival in an as-yet unspecified support role.

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Steph Galay -Session Co-ordinator

Stephanie Galay is a recent transplant to the Okanagan and a HUGE fan of the fabulous Sandra Wickham and CIF.

Stephanie’s first CIF experience ended with a Facebook post (not hers) touting her as possibly “the next Canadian Master of Thrillers.” We may never find out because as a self-proclaimed perfectionist, her own ruthless edits may never end.

When Stephanie isn’t writing, she loves spending time with her family and friends, being a slave to their two cats Hal and Loki and blissfully doing what ever she can for CIF.

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Kristene Perron - Kindle Giveaway Co-ordinator, Photographer, Chair hand holder

Kristene Perron is the non-official Creative Ink Festival photographer, the Kindle Giveaway giveaway-er, and Sandra Wickham’s highly trained hand holder. She has been with the festival since the beginning and will be here until the end, even if that means summoning a demon to grant her immortality.

She is also the co-author of the adventure science fiction series Warpworld, the 2010 winner of the Surrey International Writer’s Conference Storyteller Award, and a 2015 Writers of the Future finalist. Her stories have appeared in Escape Pod, Denizens of Darkness, Canadian Storyteller Magazine, The Barbaric Yawp, Hemispheres Magazine, and she has a novelette coming out in the Fall 2018 issue of Pulp Literature.

When you see her at the Creative Ink festival, and if you ask nicely, she will show you her bagpipes impersonation.

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Samantha Reeves - Community Outreach and Volunteer Coordinator

Sometimes blogger and scheduler extraordinaire Samantha is a hodgepodge of many different things.  When not helping out with the Creative Ink Festival, Samantha can be found managing a dental office, working on multiple craft projects at the same time and tending to her colony of collectable penguin figurines. 

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Alicen Ricard - Social Media Coordinator

Alicen Ricard is an urban fantasy writer who spends more time in fictional lands than in reality. When she isn't writing or being a communications coordinator, she's generally dressed as fictional characters, being awkward, or playing with cats.

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T. G. Shepherd - GoH Liason, Festival Enforcer

T. G. Shepherd not only looks after the Guests of Honour, she also is in charge of any enforcement required. If you think she looks like she could kill you, it's because she could. 

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Andrea Westaway - Registration, Writing Contest

Andrea was raised in the Winterfellian wilds of Prince George, but now calls Vancouver home. She loves to consume all types of content: movies, books, TV, weird internet bowling shows...
           
She's an occasional debater for West Coast Geeks vs Nerds, the co-organiser of local meetup.com group, NerdHQ, and lazy blogger over at everydayoptimist.net. She also recently started podcasting, re-watching Buffy with her friend Amanda who is still uninitiated in the ways of the Slayer. 
Finally,(and probably most impressively) this year she'll be celebrating her 5th San Diego Comic-Conniversary in July, and would happy to tell you how excited she is about it (hint: REALLY EXCITED!)