Contributors

 


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Cait Gordon—Author, Editor, Blogger, and Doodler

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Cait Gordon

Cait (pronounced like ‘cat’) Gordon is originally from Verdun, Québec, and has been living in the suburbs of Ottawa since 1998. She worked for over two decades as a technical writer, publishing user guides about everything from software applications to airplane simulators. Her joys include cosplaying, watching sci-fi or fantasy series that are character-driven, reading books from authors she’s met, and baking . . . so much baking. In the ‘90s she doodled a comic about a green snouty man named Virj Ofreesin, his houseplant Sonny, and his pet Splot. She felt it was time to share these characters with the universe. Life in the ‘Cosm is her first novel.

A bit of a social media junkie, Cait on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. She also has an author website and a comic strip website. Oh yeah, she’s the editor of this blog. If you need editing services, visit her biz website, Dynamic Canvas Inc.


Amy M. Young—Rock Fiction Author and Blogger

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Amy M. Young

Amy M. Young has her roots in Miramichi, NB, but now lives in Ottawa with her husband, an adorable baby daughter, and many fur babies. Her greatest impediment to writing is Oliver, her red Siamese cat, who reckons paying him attention is more important than typing.

Amy’s rock fiction about the band Torrent has even spawned fan fiction from readers who have read her chapters online. She is currently reworking Desert Song and Kiss the Flame, which are books about Torrent,  and another WIP with a paranormal theme.

You can read samples of her fiction on her Website. You can also follow Amy on Facebook and Twitter.


Jamieson Wolf—Poet, Author, Artist, and Blogger

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Jamieson Wolf

Jamieson is an award-winning, number one bestselling author of over sixty books and writer of Two Steps at a Timea blog about having Multiple Sclerosis and Cerebral Palsy. He is an accomplished artist who works in mixed media, charcoal, pastels, and oil paints. He is also something of an amateur photographer, a poet, a perfume designer, and a graphic designer.

Jamison currently lives in Ottawa Ontario Canada with his husband Michael and his cat Tula, who is fearless.

You can read more about Jamieson on his website or his blog, and can connect with him on Facebook and Twitter.


Martin/Fibro Jedi—Gamer and SWTOR Fanfic Writer

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Martin, a.k.a., Fibro Jedi

Martin, also known as Fibro Jedi, is a gamer and a writer with Fibromyalgia who lives in Scotland with his wife, furbaby, and human baby.

You can learn more about Martin on his website and read samples of his Star Wars: The Old Republic fan fiction, Survival of the Sithest (click to see all chapters). You can also connect with him on Twitter. He says,”I type when I can control my hand pain, but I aim to reply to everyone eventually.”


Caro Fréchette—Author, Editor, Artist, Publisher

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Caro Fréchette is originally from Montreal, but has been living in the Ottawa/Gatineau region since 2004. They are a sequential artist and author. They have published several short stories, both sequential and traditional, as well as two graphic novels, five novels, and one non-fiction book on writing. They were the editor and director for the French Canadian literary magazine Histoires à boire debout, and work at the Ottawa Public Library. They have been teaching creative writing since 2005.

You can learn more about them on their Website, follow them on Facebook,  Twitter , Goodreads, and buy their books on their Amazon author page.


Robin Elizabeth—Author, Blogger, and Mad Mooer

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Robin Elizabeth

Robin Elizabeth is an Australian writer, ranter, reviewer, dyslexic, twitter addict, and definitely a mad mumma. She enjoys getting caught in the rain, but not as much as she like piña coladas and any number of 80s classic cocktails. Her latest book is Confessions of a Mad Mooer, Postnatal Depression Sucks (see the book trailer), but she’s also known for the sexy and hilarious What Happens in Book Club series. Robin blogs at Write or Wrong about depression, her love of literature, and whatever tickles her fancybone.

She lives in Sydney, Australia with her husband and three children.

You learn more about Robin on her website, follow her on Twitter and Facebook, and buy her books!


Laurence Gillieson—Writer and Crafter

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Laurence Gillieson

Laurence Gillieson’s personal blog is about random musings of her life with Asperger’s, her writing (and other various creative hobbies), and her cat. Read more on her website.


Susan Franzblau—Writer, Hypnotherapist, Former Filmmaker & Meeting Manager

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Susan Franzblau

Susan is currently convalescing in Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom with her mostly black cat named Raisin while waiting for Western or Eastern medicine, luck, or chance to end an unrelenting severe migraine. In her copious amount of spare time Susan reads, visits doctors, reads, goes to her acupuncturist, reads, watches TV, plays Sudoku, reads, beta-reads/edits/proofs colleagues’ work,  and when the migraine eases up enough to let her think clearly, Susan writes sexy romance novels under a pseudonym and designs fun and comfortable clothing derived from photos of nature at www.vermontseasons.net.

You can learn more about her books on her Amazon author page and follow her hypnotherapy website, too!


Bob DeRosa—Writer and Author, Former Special Education Teacher, Cook

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Bob DeRosa

Bob DeRosa is a retired public school special education teacher. Prior to teaching, he stumbled into a pretty cool copywriting job working for entertainment conglomerates such as NBC and SONY Entertainment in the city that doesn’t sleep.  He’s currently working on a children’s holiday book which focuses on acceptance and inclusion.

You can check out his YouTube channel where he uploads weekly cooking demonstrations focusing on meals that benefit anyone with an immune disorder.  You can also follow him on Twitter!


Madona Skaff-Koren—Scientist and Author

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Madona Skaff-Koren

With a degree in biology, Madona Skaff-Koren somehow ended up in mining research. Her scientific background has always inspired her science fiction stories and frequently sneaks into her mysteries.

She is the author of Journey of a Thousand Steps, a mystery novel about a marathon runner disabled by MS who turns sleuth in order to find her missing friend. She has published several mystery and science fiction short stories including the Arthur Ellis Award finalist First Impressions, which appeared in The Whole She-Bang 2.

You can visit out her website for more information, and follow her on Facebook and Twitter.  See the book trailer for her novel here.


Derek Newman-Stille—Academic, Fanboy, Blogger, and Radio Personality

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Derek Newman-Stille

Derek Newman-Stille is a PhD ABD and teaches at Trent University. He runs the five-time Aurora Award-Winning website and associated radio show Speculating Canada. Derek is also the co-creator (along with Brittany Warman and Sara Cleto) and editor of the folklore digital humanities hub Through the Twisted Woods. He has written afterwards for publications like Accessing the Future and Playground of Lost Toys. He is currently co-editing a collection with Kelsi Morris titled Over the Rainbow: Folk and Fairy Tales from the Margins. 

You can follow Derek on Twitter!


Talia Johnson—Educator, Speaker, Poet, and Short Story Writer

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Talia Johnson

Talia Johnson is a multi-faceted woman who is transgender, autistic, Jewish, queer, and more than the sum of her parts. She lives in Toronto, Ontario. Her work centres on bridging faith and queer communities, facilitating workshops, educating, speaking, writing, and one-on-one coaching, counselling, and mentoring.

She is an academic, poet, and short story writer.

You can follow Talia on her website, Facebook, Google, and Twitter.


’Nathan Burgoine—Short Fiction Author and Novelist

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’Nathan Burgoine and Coach

’Nathan Burgoine is a tall queer guy who mostly writes short queer fiction, though he’s up to three novels now. Light was a Lambda Literary finalist. Triad Blood and Triad Soul are available from Bold Strokes Books. He lives in Ottawa, Canada, with his husband Dan and their rescued husky, Coach. You can find ‘Nathan online on his websiteTwitter, and Facebook. Coach often steps into the frame, and ‘Nathan wouldn’t have it any other way.


Jen Desmarais—Writer, Game Developer, Copy Editor, and more!

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Jen with her creations: Blush, the travelling TARDIS, and baby Dragon (in utero). Picture taken by Éric Desmarais. Jen is three days overdue in this picture.

A consummate student, Jennifer Desmarais has three degrees and just graduated from her fourth. These include a Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry and Chemistry, a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, and a Bachelor of Education from the University of Ottawa. Following her passion for travel, she just completed her diploma in Tourism and Travel at Algonquin College.

She works for AJ Travel in Ottawa, and loves helping clients design trips with a geeky/nerdy theme.

Co-founder of JenEric Designs, she creates unique geeky crocheted items and writes bi-weekly articles on sexuality and bi-weekly articles on Fandom Travel. She is also one of the co-organizers and founders of CON (Creative Ottawa Nerds craft fair).

She is the lead copy-editor (How did that happen?) at TEGG, and has edited two books in the Hellmaw line to date. If you know her at all, you know that horror/thriller is REALLY not her thing, so she considers this a big accomplishment.

Jen has written one short story that won a contest in 2016. You can read it here.

She lives in Ottawa with her husband and their library of over 2700 books. They had their first child, a daughter, in September 2016.