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(Authors listed in order of when they first appeared on the SpAN.)
Cait Gordon—Author and Editor
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, then channelled her love for words into creative writing. Her first novel, Life in the ’Cosm (Renaissance) was published in 2016. She’s currently submitted The Stealth Lovers, a prequel to the ’Cosm series. Her short story, A Night at the Rabbit Hole appears in the Alice Unbound: Beyond Wonderland anthology (Exile Editions). For her day job, Cait is a freelance editor for indie authors. Some of the books she’s edited include Confessions of a Mad Mooer: Postnatal Depression Sucks (Robin Elizabeth), Camp Follower: One Army Brat’s Story (Michele Sabad), Skylark (S.M. Carrière), Little Yellow Magnet (Jamieson Wolf), A Desert Song (Amy M. Young), and Moonshadow’s Guardian (Dianna Gunn).
A bit of a social media junkie, Cait can be found on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. She also has an author website and is the creator/editor of the Spoonie Authors Network. If you need editing services, visit her biz, Dynamic Canvas Inc.
Amy M. Young—Rock Fiction Author and Blogger
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. Her novel, A Desert Song, is now available and Amy is currently writing Kiss the Flame (both books are about Torrent). There is even another WIP with a paranormal theme happening!
Jamieson Wolf—Poet, Author, Artist, and Blogger
Jamieson is an award-winning, number one bestselling author of over sixty books and writer of Two Steps at a Time, a 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 with his husband Michael and his cat Tula, who is fearless.
Martin/Fibro Jedi—Gamer and SWTOR Fanfic Writer
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.”
Nathan Caro Fréchette—Author, Editor, Artist, Publisher
Nathan Caro Fréchette is originally from Montreal, but has been living in the Ottawa/Gatineau region since 2004. He is a sequential artist and author. He has published several short stories, both sequential and traditional, as well as two graphic novels, five novels, and one non-fiction book on writing. He was the editor and director for the French Canadian literary magazine Histoires à boire debout, and work at the Ottawa Public Library. He has been teaching creative writing since 2005.
Robin Elizabeth—Author, Blogger, and Mad Mooer
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.
Laurence Gillieson—Writer and Crafter
Susan Franzblau—Writer, Hypnotherapist, Former Filmmaker & Meeting Manager
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.
Bob DeRosa—Writer and Author, Former Special Education Teacher, Cook
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.
Madona Skaff-Koren—Scientist and Author
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.
Derek Newman-Stille—Academic, Fanboy, Blogger, and Radio Personality
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
Talia Johnson is a multi-faceted woman who is transgender, autistic, Jewish, queer, and more than the sum of her parts. Her work centres on bridging faith and queer communities, facilitating workshops, educating, speaking, writing, one-on-one coaching, counselling, and mentoring. She is a queer and trans sensitivity editor for writers and publishers. Talia’s most recent poem, Holy Love, will appear in the Resiliance anthology from Heartspark Press, later this fall. She is currently studying in Kohenet towards becoming a Hebrew Priestess, and working toward entering graduate school at the Master’s level. Her studies bridge faith, queer, and psychology using queer and feminist intersectional approaches. She lives in Toronto, Ontario.
’Nathan Burgoine—Short Fiction Author and Novelist
’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 website, Twitter, 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!
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 Orleans Travel & Cruise Centre 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 was the lead copy-editor (How did that happen?) at TEGG, and has edited two books in the Hellmaw line. 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.
Stephen Graham King—Author of Fiction and NonFiction, Painter
Born on the prairies, Stephen Graham King has since traded the big sky for the big city and now lives in Toronto. His first book, Just Breathe, tells the blunt, funny, and uncompromising story of his three-year battle with metastatic synovial sarcoma. Since then, his short fiction has appeared in the anthologies North of Infinity II (Pas de Deux), Desolate Places (Nor Winter’s Cold) and Ruins Metropolis (Burning Stone). His first space opera novel, Chasing Cold, was released in 2012, and the first book in the Maverick Heart series, Soul’s Blood, came out in 2016. The second, Gatecrasher, was released in 2017. He is currently working on the next in the series, A Congress of Ships.
Rachel Jeffrey—Author and Beauty Blogger
Rachel Jeffrey is 19 years old (at the time of this post) and a writer. She also battles with cerebral palsy, depression, and CFS/ME.
April Laramey—Author, Blogger, Painter
Despite her day job as a bureaucrat, April Laramey is a writer, dabbles in photography, spends too much time on the internet, paints, and occasionally gets some exercise. Her favourite colour is green, she wants to work in a bookstore when she grows up, and when she dies she wants her tombstone to read “To Be Continued…”
Marianne Granger—Author, Counselor, Life Coach
A trained psycho-social counselor and life coach, (and author of Higher Maintenance, published in 2016 by Balboa Press) Marianne Granger’s commitment to helping people led her to work as coordinator of a volunteer center, and years later, as director of a large food bank. While managing and training employees and volunteers, she wrote and edited promotional and fundraising material. Her love of reading, writing, and cinema lead her to study screenwriting, which culminated in a completed feature-length screenplay. In 2001, she was struck down by a mysterious and devastating chronic illness that eventually became the inspiration for her book. She lives with her husband in southern Canada.
Laurie Stewart—Author, Former Filmmaker, Believer in Magick
Laurie Stewart lives on a hobby farm in rural Ontario (Canada) with the love of her life, a small black cat, and a huge white Yeti who thinks he’s a lap cat.
She writes medieval fantasy, urban fantasy, and gritty YA dramatic fiction. As a proper renaissance lady, she also paints landscapes, is active in food preps for the zombie apocalypse, and loves gardening.
Lastly, because she refuses to let it define her, Laurie is a proud spoonie. She battles chronic migraines and debilitating pain from a degenerating spinal fusion on a daily (sometimes hourly) basis. She usually wins.
Melissa Guida-Richards—Blogger of Spoonie-Mama
Melissa Guida-Richards is a 25-year-old Stay at Home Mom with migraines, PCOS, IBS, bipolar disorder, and PTSD. She created the Spoonie-Mama blog to be a helpful resource to other mothers dealing with chronic pain and the various challenges of motherhood. She has a wonderful husband named Charles, two sons (eight months old and two years old,) two dogs and two cats.
Dominic Bercier—Writer, Artist, Designer
Classically-trained artist Dominic Bercier is the writer-artist-designer behind Mirror Comics Studios, a boutique comic book and graphic novel production and publishing entity from Ottawa, Canada. He produces stories of young heroes losing, longing, striving for and restoring the things they’ve lost, be they love, lives or souls, plunging characters into emotionally charged magical initiations that test their wits and their hearts. You can follow @DominicBercier, @mirrorcomics and @SIGNALsaga on Twitter or visit www.dominicbercier.com, www.mirrorcomics.com, and www.signalsaga.com.