Guests and Presenters
2017 PresentersPlease note, we are constantly working on updating this list. We'll continue to add to our list of presenters as the 2017 festival approaches. Click here to find out how.
Guest of Honour: Eileen Kernaghan
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.
Guest of Honour: Ken Scholes
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 www.kenscholes.com.
MARK TEPPO, GoH Emeriti
Mark Teppo is a synthesist, a troubleshooter (and -maker), a cat herder, and an idea man. He is the publisher of Resurrection House, a fiercely independent genre publishing venture that seeks to reignite a passionate love affair between authors and audiences via the printed book. He lives in the Pacific Northwest, where he occasionally spends a weekend in the woods. His favorite Tarot card is the Moon.
Mel Anastasiou is a writer, artist and founding editor of Pulp Literature. Over the course of her career she has taught creative writing and authored many pieces of fiction in multiple genres. She is the author of the popular Stella Ryman and the Fairmount Manor Mysteries series, as well as The Extra and The Seven Swans mysteries. Her pen and ink drawings can be found in Pulp Literature as well as her recent Renaissance-inspired colouring book for adults, Colouring Paradise.
Colleen Anderson's 200 plus pieces of fiction and poetry have appeared in such venues as nEvermore!, Chilling Tales, Evolve, Exile Book of New Canadian Noir and Cemetery Dance. She has been an Aurora nominee, Rannu place winner, and received honorable mentions for poetry and fiction. Her past is littered with being a book buyer, book rep, poetry editor for Chizine's online magazine, fantasy fiction editor for Aberrant Dreams,, host of the Vancouver ChiSeries, co-editor for Tessearcts 17 and Playground of Lost Toys, as well as a freelance copyeditor for many years. If she could choose one creature to be, it would be a mermaid. Her ubiquitous cat wouldnt like it though.
Katrina Archer lives and writes on her sailboat in Vancouver, BC, Canada. She has worked in aerospace, video games and film, and has been known to copy edit for fun. She is the author of the nature photography book Shorescapes of Southern British Columbia, and the young adult fantasy Untalented. She owns 500 books, four vehicles (none of which is a helicopter), one dog, one one-of-a-kind pair of Fluevogs, too many Apple devices, and is tolerated by her cat, who is more famous in Germany than she is.
Kate Austin writes and publishes women's fiction, romance, erotica, poetry, non-fiction articles. She has worked as a paralegal, a commercial fisher, a brewery manager, a teacher, a technical writer, and a herring popper, while managing to read an average of a book a day. Kate has taught writing workshops and courses for school boards, RWA chapters and conferences, paralegals and legal associates, both in person and online. She lives in the West End, as she has done for most of her life, and loves the fact that she can walk to work, the beach, and Stanley Park in a single day.
Ace Baker has had work nominated for the Pushcart Prize, the Journey Prize, and National Magazine Awards. His short fiction has been shortlisted for several contests and has won the Storyteller Award. His poetry has won The Magpie Award, the SIWC Poetry Prize, and the PNWA poetry contest, among others. He maintains a blog at www.fighttowrite.com and may be followed @writeracebaker .
Roxanne is a Burnaby novel writer of science fiction, mystery, adventure, and romance (often in the same manuscript): AN ALIEN COLLECTIVE (Wee Creek Press, 2014), REVOLUTIONS (Whiskey Creek Press, 2015), SACRED TRUST (Whiskey Creek Press, 2015), ALIEN INNKEEPER (coming soon from the Wild Rose Press). Roxanne is also exploring speculative poetry and has fourteen poems in various SCIFAIKUEST issues.
Donna Barker is a career, technical ghost-writer and workshop presenter, and an award-winning author of dark-humour women's fiction. The week she turned 50, neck-deep in a client contract with an impossible deadline, Donna had an epiphany and finally figured out what she wanted to do when she grew up: help women "of a certain age" write the books that they've been thinking, dreaming and talking about for too many years. Four months later, WriteWomanWrite.com was born. Still exhausted from that delivery, she and a co-author friend conceived, raised and launched the CreativeWomenSummit.com into the world. Donna hopes that menopause does not slow down her project reproductive system.
Theresa S. Bazelli
T. S. Bazelli writes software help by day, and sf/f fiction by night. Her short stories have appeared in Lightspeed Magazine, and various anthologies. When she's not at the keyboard, she's probably making messes in the kitchen or sewing things. More at www.tsbazelli.com
SAMANTHA MARY BEIKO has been writing and drawing strange, fantastical things since before she can remember. She currently works in the Canadian publishing industry as a freelance editor, graphic designer, and consultant, and is the Co-Publisher of ChiZine Publications, alongside Sandra Kasturi. Her first novel, a young adult fantasy set in rural Manitoba called The Lake and the Library, was nominated for the Manitoba Book Award for Best First Book, as well as the 2014 Aurora Award. Her next series, The Realms of Ancient, has been signed for a three book deal with ECW Press. The first book, The Scion of the Fox, will be out in Fall 2017. The sequels to follow are The Children of the Bloodlands and The Brilliant Dark. Samantha currently resides in Winnipeg, Manitoba, and is the co-chair of the Winnipeg ChiSeries, a reading series that highlights Canadian speculative writers in various panels, readings, and workshops. She apologizes in advance if she suddenly ignores you when a dog walks by.
Christel Bodenbender is a writer living in Vancouver, BC. She has been creating stories since childhood, taking part in short story competitions. After a Master's in Linguistics she rekindled her passion for penning narratives. Since then she has created a selection of short stories and worked on a science fiction book series. Her fiction has been published in Future Fire and Fiction Vortex. Apart from spinning tales, Christel works in IT and Web design.
Rob Boffard is a South African author, living in Canada because you can't snowboard in South Africa. He is the author of the Outer Earth trilogy, published worldwide on Orbit Books. Before he became an author, he was an award-winning journalist, with pieces published in The Guardian and Wired Magazine.
Devon is the co-founder and director of Academie Duello, which has been active in the Vancouver area since 2004. Under his leadership the school has become a centre for swordplay with over 200 active students, a store, and an arms and armour museum. The Academie is; a model that Devon hopes to help others achieve as the Western arts grow in popularity. currently the largest WMA centre in the world.
E R Brown is the author of Almost Criminal (Dundurn, 2013, ISBN 978-1459705838), which was a finalist for an Edgar award (Best Paperback Original) and the Arthur Ellis Best First Novel award, and named a Book of The Year by the 49th Shelf. An award-winning advertising writer, his short stories have been published nationally and dramatized by the CBC. He lives in Vancouver. For more, visit www.erbrown.com
Brooke began his professional writing career working on best-selling titles for software giant Electronic Arts Canada. After seven years in the videogame trenches, he set off to create the award-winning motion comic saga Broken Saints. (www.brokensaints.com) Seen by millions worldwide, the series went on to secure the Audience Award at Sundance Film Festival (2003), the Canadian New Media Producer of the Year for Burgess (2005), and home video distribution with 20th Century FOX (2007). Currently, Brooke is back writing for games, consulting on all things 'transmedia storytelling', and continuing to shepherd passion projects in comics, film, TV, and prose. In 2015, his middle-grade/YA debut (The Cat's Maw) garnered editorial acclaim and a children's fiction award, with a deluxe audiobook edition and sequel due in 2016. www.brookeburgess.com
R. Graeme Cameron
R. Graeme Cameron struggled to be a published SF author for half a century. Failing miserably, he decided to become the next best thing, a publisher. He edits and publishes Polar Borealis Magazine, a paying-market semi-pro SF&F fiction zine aimed at beginning Canadian writers, especially those who have yet to make their first sale. It is his hope that Polar Borealis will function as a springboard for those diving into the professional market. You have to start somewhere, why not with Polar Borealis? Let PB be your first splash in the pool. Then, with time, practice, and growing experience, you can start swimming with the champions. That be the plan.
Brenda's short fiction has appeared in the Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, Fiction River Anthologies, Sky Warrior Books, Ragnarok's Blackguards/Blacklist Anthology. Brenda also writes long epic fantasy, poetry and novellas. Nor is she afraid to write doggerel. In fact, she made him a character and killed him off. When she is not playing about in a variety of genres from spicy romance to thriller to grimdark fantasy, she is kayaking among the seals and whales in the Pacific Northwest's Salish Sea, or doing readings, writer's workshops and panels. Brenda is also a visual artist, educator and co-founder of a high-school for the arts in Vancouver, B.C. You can find her on twitter @brenda_carre on amazon: http://www.amazon.com/author/brendacarre and at http://www.brendacarre.com
Jo-Ann is an islander who has lived on the Haida Gwaii, Gabriola Island and now Vancouver Island. She is the author of the Mata Hari Suspense Series, a cross between Indiana Jones and Covert Affairs. The series tagline says it all - A Single Woman - A Double Life.
For an inexplicable reason, Melanie Dixon moved into New Westminster and never left. She's a professionally published online content writer who also enjoys writing speculative fiction. Check out her articles in Piffle Magazine, and short stories in Devolution Z, Confederacy of Steam Versus Zombies, and Zombified III.
Linda DeMeulemeester began writing short stories and has published horror fiction in Exile Press and Chizine, science fiction and dark fantasy in Canadian magazines NeoOpsis and Storyteller, and in anthologies. Linda got the idea for her first children's novel about soccer, evil fairies and Celtic myth called, The Secret of Grim Hill, while watching her son play soccer in October on a hill in the middle of the rain forest. The fog rolled in and inspired the overall spookiness of the books. The Secret of Grim Hill now published by Wandering Fox, an imprint of Heritage House, has been named the top ten "Great books of the year" by the Canadian Toy Testing Council, reviewed by the Globe and Mail, short listed for the Hackmatack, Red Cedar and Diamond Willow awards, and winner of the Ontario Library Association's Silver Birch award. This led to a sequel and then a series where the books have made it to the Canadian bestseller list and have been translated in French, Spanish and Korean.
Danika Dinsmore works in speculative and literary fiction with an emphasis on juvenile and young adult literature. Utilizing her background in performing arts and education, she developed her interactive Imaginary Worlds Tour curriculum, which she often takes on the road, entertaining children and teaching creative writing and world building to writers of all ages. She is author of several books of poetry, numerous short stories, and the children's fantasy adventure novels Brigitta of the White Forest, The Ruins of Noe, Ondelle of Grioth, and Narine of Noe. For more info see danikadinsmore.com or visit on Twitter: @danika_dinsmore
Indie author Adam Dreece launched his best-selling, young adult, steampunk meets fairy-tale series, The Yellow Hoods, in early 2014. Since then, in addition to releasing four volumes in the series, he's released his first science fiction novel, The Man of Cloud 9, a successful web serial called The Wizard Killer, and is featured in a charity anthology, Paws for a Tale, published by Sudden Insight Publishing benefiting the SPCA. Adam's a regular public speaker and panelist at events, and hasn't looked back on the more than 20 years in software he's left behind. He lives in Calgary, Alberta with his wife and three kids, and is often surrounded by sticky notes.
Claire Eamer has seven children's non-fiction books to her credit, with two more set to appear in the spring of 2017. Her most recent kids' science book, published in September 2016, is Inside Your Insides: A Guide to the Microbes That Call You Home (Kids Can Press). Due out in the spring are What a Waste! Where Garbage Goes (Annick Press) and Underneath the Sidewalk, a picture book (in rhyme!) from Scholastic Canada. Claire's books have won the Science In Society Youth Book Award, the Red Cedar Information Book Award, and the Lane Anderson Award for science writing. And just to mix things up, she also writes fiction - mostly for middle grade and young adult readers. Claire lives on Gabriola Island in the Salish Sea, sharing the neighbourhood with seals, sea lions, a huge variety of little beach critters - and one very territorial kingfisher.
Neil Enock is an author, actor, screenwriter, filmmaker and creator/host of the million+ viewed TrainTalk.TV iTunes podcast. Neil tells original stories in everything he does from his written work to his hand-made cribbage boards. While Trains have been a part-time hobby since he was a boy, in his first Novel, Doc Christmas, Neil gives trains the full-time leading role in making Christmas happen. When not writing, Neil can be most often found on one side of the camera or the other, filming something around Calgary with some or all of his family in tow. Contact: www.neilenock.com email@example.com
Based out of Oshawa, Ontario, Pat Flewwelling is a wearer of many hats. Along with short stories, Pat has several non-fiction, science fiction, and horror books in print, including Helix: Blight of Exiles and Helix: Plague of Ghouls, with Helix: Scourge of Bones forthcoming in fall 2017. She owns and manages Myth Hawker Travelling Bookstore, which appears at conventions across Canada, selling books by Canadian small presses and independent authors. Recently, together with a few close friends, she co-launched a micro publishing house called ID Press; she is also the layout editor for Purgatorium, their first in a series of anthologies. To keep out of trouble, Pat also works full-time for a major telecommunications company as a senior business analyst. Above all, Pat's favourite hat is likely an ordinary ball cap, which she is rarely seen without, since she doesn't budget much time for proper hair styling.
Manny Frishberg was born in the shadow of New York City but has lived on the West Coast for the past 40-plus years. His stories have been appearing in anthologies and magazines since 2010. He edits for small presses and independent authors, and writes about science and technology, when he's not telling taller tales. His anthology, "Horseshoes, Hand Grenades and Magic; stories where "almost" counts." was published last year by Knotted Road Press. He and his partner make their home near Seattle.
Tyner Gillies is a storyteller, a lawman, a novice Scotch drinker, an award winning author and a bit of
a meathead. He has two novels published with Dark Dragon publishing,
The Watch and Dark Resolution, as well as a handful of short stories in publications
like Pulp Literature and Sleuth Magazine. Tyner was first runner up in the 2010
Surrey International Writer's Conference storyteller's award with his story What it Means to Bleed, and won the non-fiction categories in 2014 and 2015 with his stories Blood In Her Hair and A Crash Course In Leadership. He currently works in law enforcement in the Lower Mainland of British Columbia and spends his free time sitting at a small desk telling himself jokes and writing them down.
Barbara Gordon is married with one son, one husband and two cats. She
works at an academic library where she searches online for rare and
out-of-print books (best job in the world). In the Society for Creative
Anachronism, she is a 14th century painter and scribe. Disappointingly,
she does not fight crime, but does write historical fantasy.
Kevin Harkness is a Vancouver writer of fantasy, horror, and science fiction. City of Masks, the sequel to his first YA novel, City of Demons, will be published by Tyche Books. Kevin was a secondary school teacher, but took early retirement to concentrate on his writing. The jury is still out on that decision, but the writing is definitely happening.
CJ Hunt is a life-long lover of romance novels - both the reading and the writing of them. If someone gets kidnapped or otherwise endangered during the course of the tale, so much the better. Crystal writes sweet hometown romance set in Rivers End, and slightly (okay, a lot) spicier action-packaged romances with A Touch of Magic. Learn more at www.cjhuntromance.com.
Rissa Johnson is a left-handed, Jewish, dyslexic, insomniac who stays up all night wrestling with Dog. A technical editor and writer, her poetry and flash fiction have won awards, including the City of Surrey Youth Recognition Award in Creative Contributions. Her sonnet, "Ivrim," was recently published in Strong Verse.
Sandra Kasturi is a poet, writer and editor, and the co-publisher of the World Fantasy Award-nominated and British Fantasy Award-winning press, ChiZine Publications. Born in Estonia to an Estonian mother and Sri Lankan father, she now lives in Canada. She is the co-founder (with Helen Marshall) of the Toronto SpecFic Colloquium and the national Chiaroscuro Reading Series. Sandra's work has appeared in various venues, including ON SPEC, Prairie Fire, several Tesseracts anthologies, Evolve, Chilling Tales, A Verdant Green, TransVersions, ARC Magazine, Taddle Creek, Abyss & Apex, 80! Memories & Reflections on Ursula K. Le Guin, and Stamps, Vamps & Tramps. Her two poetry collections are: The Animal Bridegroom (with an intro by Neil Gaiman) and Come Late to the Love of Birds. She is currently working on two books: a new poetry collection called Snake Handling for Beginners, as well as a story collection, Mrs. Kong & Other Monsters. She is fond of gin & tonics, Michael Fassbender and red lipstick.
Ellen is a recent graduate of the SFU Publishing Program and a representative of Reality Skimming Press. Along with her work at RSP she is exploring other freelance opportunities in editing and publishing as well as taking courses towards the Editing Certificate at SFU. ellenmichelle.com
JM Landels wears nearly as many hats as Bartholomew Cubbins: writer, editor, artist, equestrian, and swordswoman are just a few. She is the author and illustrator of the fantasy novel Allaigna's Song: Overture and is currently finishing the second book of the trilogy. She is the managing and production editor at Pulp Literature, and head of the Mounted Combat Program at Academie Duello in Vancouver. After acquiring her degree in Mediaeval English Literature she went to London to get a Ph.D. in English but instead dyed her hair pink and joined a rock band. If you think this was a wise move, this is the magazine for you. She currently splits her time between working on Pulp Literature, managing Red Colt Equestrian Farm Co-op, and teaching Mounted Combat for Academie Duello.
RANDY MCCHARLES is active in Calgary, Alberta's writing community with a focus on speculative fiction, usually of the wickedly humorous variety, with short stories and novellas available from Edge SF&F Publishing, House of Anansi, and Reality Skimming Press. He is the recipient of several Aurora Awards (Canada's most prestigious award for speculative fiction). In 2013, his short story Ghost-B-Gone Incorporated won the House of Anansi 7-day Ghost Story Contest. Randy's first Tyche Books publication, Much Ado About Macbeth, will be available in August 2015. In addition to writing, Randy chairs the award-winning When Words Collide Festival for Readers and Writers as well as organizing various reading and craft events for writers.
JP (Jo-Anne) McLean
JP (Jo-Anne) McLean lives and writes on the west coast of British Columbia, which is also featured largely in her work. She writes contemporary thrillers with a twist of fantasy and has indie-published four books in The Gift Legacy Series. Visit her website at www.jpmclean.net to learn more. She'd love to hear from you.
Trevor Melanson is the author of the Terminal City Saga, a dark fantasy trilogy from EDGE. He also has a decade of experience as an editor at major magazines across Canada, including Vancouver magazine, Canadian Business and BCBusiness. He currently lives in Vancouver (a.k.a. Terminal City).
Silvia Moreno-Garcia is the critically-acclaimed author of Signal to Noise-winner of a Copper Cylinder Award, finalist of the British Fantasy, Locus, Sunburst and Aurora awards-and Certain Dark Things, a Mexican vampire novel selected as one of NPR's best books of 2016. She won a World Fantasy Award for her work as an editor on the anthology She Wall. She co-edits The Jewish Mexican Literary Review and the horror magazine The Dark.
Kristene Perron has been shot, stabbed, drowned, run over and thrown from a building. During her ten years as a professional stuntwoman, she learned all the interesting ways a person can get injured or die and then applied this unique education to her fiction. She is the co-author of the adventure science fiction series Warpworld, the 2010 winner of the Surrey International Writer's Conference Storyteller Award, and a 2015 Writers of the Future finalist. Her friends wish she would stop talking about cats. http://www.warpworld.ca/
B.C. Lower mainlander since 1992, Joseph has always tinkered with art, music, and writing. He chose to focus primarily on writing in the early 2000s, and his short stories have since evolved into character-driven novels of science-fiction and broader speculative fiction. In 2001, he found out that cars are harder than mountain bikes, and has been a paraplegic ever since. Miraculously, this has not altered his career arc as a quarterback, basketball star, pole-dancer, or kung-fu movie stunt double. Thankfully he has that whole 'life-long-nerd' thing to fall back on. With a daughter, Caitlin, born in 2007, and a son, Lachlan, in 2011, free time has become a very valuable asset, and most of it gets poured into writing.
Susan Pieters has an M.A. in English Literature, has taught college level courses on writing in the U.S. and overseas, and is co-editor of Pulp Literature magazine. She has attended SiWC since 2001 and has shortlisted for the SiWC writing contests many times, with some wins in 2008 and 2011. She has written productively with Jen and Mel for six years using the Hour Stories.
Katherine, a geologist and IT specialist, stepped away from the international petroleum industry to follow her passion for writing. An avid traveler with an insatiable curiosity, you never know where you'll find her next! But most days, she's in Vancouver, quietly plotting murder and mayhem under the watchful eye of her cat. She is an award-winning presenter and the author of the suspense thriller, THIRST.
Rhea has published many speculative fiction and poetry pieces: Evolve, Tesseracts, 1,2,6,9,10,17, On Spec, Talebones, Northwest Passges, Masked Mosaic, and Dead North. She has received honorable mentions in the Year's Best Horror anthologies and was reprinted in Christmas Forever (edited by David Hartwell) and twice made the preliminaries for the Nebula Award. She edited poetry for Edge Press and hosted the Vancouver Science Fiction and Fantasy (V-Con) writers' workshops. She is a teacher of creative writing. Her new works for 2015 include: Second Contact, Clockwork Canada, Art Song Lab and three Indie novels, The Final Catch: A Tarot Sorceress series. Twice an Aurora nominee, Rhea has a MFA in creative writing.
Holly Schofield travels through time at the rate of one second per second, oscillating between the alternate realities of city and country life. Her fiction has appeared in Lightspeed's "Women Destroy Science Fiction", AE, Unlikely Stories, Tesseracts, and dozens of other publications throughout the world. For more of her work, see hollyschofield.wordpress.com.
T. G. Shepherd
T. G. Shepherd lives and works in Vancouver, British Columbia. By day (and night shift) she is a mild-mannered communications operator for local law enforcement; the rest of the time she punches people for fun. She has been training in mixed martial arts, the weapons based art Kali (double stick, single stick and knife), boxing and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu for twenty five years and enjoys being able to do more pushups than the teenagers in her gym (www.tacticalfighting.ca). Her fantasy novel As A God--due out in June 2016 from eTreasures publishing (www.etreasurespublishing.com)--is much informed by her life-long passion for martial arts and springs from the desire to see a fighting woman portrayed--from heart to mind to body--with more realism than much of the genre.
Lisa Smedman has seventeen novels published to date, including nine AD&D Forgotten Realms novels (one of which made the New York Times bestseller's list in 2004), and five Shadowrun novels. She also writes history books, including two books on the history of Vancouver, and a young adult book on the history of the motorcycle. She has also had a number of short science fiction and fantasy stories published in various magazines and anthologies, and has had three of her one-plays produced locally in Vancouver. Lisa also teaches game design at both the Art Institute of Vancouver, and at SchoolCreative. She specializes in teaching Interactive Storytelling, in which students learn how to turn a story idea into an interactive video game. In addition to her design work, Lisa has worked as a journalist since 1984. She has a diploma in journalism and a degree in anthropology.
Sadiq is a visual artist with a background in technology. He has self-published books, software products and games. His latest book is a graphic novel about a farm boy who lands a project in the big city. Sadiq is a graduate of computer science from SFU. Over years, he has worked as a software developer and has held various IT management positions for consulting companies, startups and large corporations. He now likes to spend his time discovering the natural world through photography, digital visualizations and art. SadiqSomjee.com
By night, Jessica Steiner writes novels that span the range between Science Fiction and Fantasy, with a wide range of diverse characters. Her first fantasy novel, Mortis Unbound, is available from Amazon and Smashwords. By day, Jessica is a practicing family lawyer, and works with her fiancee, Miko, and her mother, in a small city in British Columbia. Website Blog Twitter
Frank Talaber's Writing Style? He usually responds with: Mix Dan Millman (Way of The Peaceful Warrior) with Charles De Lint (Moonheart) and throw in a mad scattering of Tom Robbins (Even Cowgirls Get The Blues). PS: He's better looking than Stephen King (Carrie, The Stand, It, The Shining) and his romantic stuff will have you gasping quicker than Robert James Waller (Bridges Of Madison County). Or as is often said: You don't have to be mad to be a writer, but it sure helps.
Bevan Thomas is a long-serving board member of Cloudscape Comics, British Columbia's largest coalition of comic creators, as well as a frequent contributor to their anthologies as both a writer and editor. In particular, he spearheaded Epic Canadiana, Cloudscape's Gene Day Award-winning series of anthologies on Canadian superheroes. Outside of Cloudscape Bevan's work has also been published in Pulp Literature magazine, Superhero Universe: Tesseracts 19, and the Beyond SF anthology. Bevan has created stories on a wide variety of themes, including a reminiscence on the death of his grandfather, the story of Theseus & the Minotaur from the Minotaur's point-of-view, a young girl's growing obsession with a demonic statue, and the hunt for a unicorn.
A Canadian-born author, Lisa Voisin spent her childhood daydreaming and making up stories, but it was her love of reading and writing in her teens that drew her to Young Adult fiction.
Lisa is also a technical writer, a meditation teacher, and leader of the Young Writer's Club (www.youngwritersclub.ca), a writing group for teens in North Vancouver. A self-proclaimed coffee lover, she can usually be found writing in a local cafe. When she's not writing, you'll find her meditating or hiking in the mountains to counteract the side effects of drinking too much caffeine!
Lisa's debut YA novel, The Watcher, won the Chanticleer award for best paranormal fiction. Its sequel, The Angel Killer, releases in early 2015.
KT (Katherine) Wagner
KT (Katherine) Wagner writes science fiction, Gothic horror and steampunk with occasional forays into other genres and her garden. Several of her short stories are published. She lives in Maple Ridge, organizes Golden Ears Writers, and attended SFU's Southbank Writers program in 2013 and The Writers' Studio in 2015. On-line she can be found at www.northernlightsgothic.com
Krista writes mostly Fantasy, and has mucked about with other genres, and short fiction. She has been a finalist in several contests, and won a couple of them. She has her BFA in Theatre from the University of Victoria. Cool experiences of Spring 2015 include playing Mrs. Pearce in the Royal City Musical Theatre production of My Fair Lady, and the publication of her story, The Inner Light in Pulp Literature magazine. She loves being Musical Director for musical theatre productions with young people (In the Heights, Urinetown, Mary Poppins, Anything Goes, etc.) Krista sings jazz in a big band, and in a trio. She writes in a closet in Port Coquitlam, BC.
Andrea was raised in the Winterfellian wilds of Prince George, but now calls Vancouver home. She loves to consume all types of content: movies, books, TV, weird internet bowling shows... She's an occasional debater for West Coast Geeks vs Nerds, the co-organiser of local meetup.com group, NerdHQ, and lazy blogger over at everydayoptimist.net. She also recently started podcasting, re-watching Buffy with her friend Amanda who is still uninitiated in the ways of the Slayer. Finally,(and probably most impressively) this year she'll be celebrating her 5th San Diego Comic-Conniversary in July, and would happy to tell you how excited she is about it (hint: REALLY EXCITED!)
SANDRA WICKHAM's friends call her a needle crafting aficionado, health guru and ninja-in-training. Sandra's short stories have appeared in Evolve, Vampires of the New Undead, Evolve, Vampires of the Future Undead, Chronicles of the Order, Crossed Genres magazine, Locothology, The Urban Green Man, Tales from the Archives and Luna Station Quarterly. She blogs about writing with the Inkpunks, is the Fitness Nerd columnist for the Functional Nerds and slush reads for Lightspeed Magazine.
Lynda Williams is the author of the ten-novel Okal Rel Saga, originally published by Edge Science Fiction and Fantasy. As of Aug 2013, she is also the publisher at Reality Skimming Press, working towards a new era, collaborative re-boot of the Okal Rel Universe in 2014. Lynda works in the post-secondary industry at Simon Fraser University and as a part-time instructor with BCIT.
Tom D Wright lives in the Puget Sound area with his wife. When he's not writing, he works in IT for a prominent IT company in Seattle. He graduated from Bowie State University with an M.A. in Psychology, so when people call him with an IT problem, he can ask them "And how does that make you feel?" Tom is also privileged to serve on the board of the Cascade Writers, a writer's conference dedicated to providing educational seminars and workshops for those interested in writing and publishing original works.
Jeff is a Vancouver Entertainment Attorney with 28 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. He also lectures at BCIT, UBC, Langara, the Art institute and the Vancouver Film School.
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The Creative Ink Festival is a weekend long event with the goal of offering a great venue for creative people of all types. The goal is to get people inspired, motivated and encouraged while still providing a fun and educational atmosphere. In order to keep the registration fee much, MUCH lower than a conference, the festival will be based on a 'volunteer' convention model popular in the Science Fiction and Fantasy world that is designed to attract writers and artists of all levels while being affordable enough to attract readers and fans. All speakers except the official Guests of Honour volunteer their time and expertise. Speakers and volunteers who do not attend the festival outside of their presentations or volunteer work have no need to register though I expect most will as they'd intend to attend the festival when they are not speaking or volunteering. To take a look at what our one day of programming in 2015 included, visit the 2015 Program Archive Sound interesting? There are many ways to get involved. You can be a presenter, panelist, volunteer or sponsor. I know many of you have books, artwork and other endeavours to promote, so let me add we have flexible sponsorship packages available, whether it's a table in our expo, program advertising, website promotion, powerpoint advertising, outreach to all members in our goody bags or a combination of some or all, we will work with you so you get the most out of your presence at the event.
Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org with your bio and I will be in touch. I'm open to ideas for indvidual presentations or panels!
We'd love to have you be a part of our festival!
VolunteersWould you like to volunteer in a position other than a presenter, or in addition to being a presenter?
We will need help in many areas. Contact me at email@example.com and we'll get you on the team!