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(Authors listed in alphabetical order.)
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.
’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 as well as Exit Plans for Teenage Freaks and Of Echoes Born. He lives in Ottawa, Canada, with his husband Dan and their rescued husky, Max. You can find ’Nathan online on his website, Twitter, and Facebook.
Carolyn Charron—Short Fiction Author and Novelist
Carolyn Charron is a speculative fiction writer with short stories in three Flame Tree Publishing anthologies (Supernatural Horror, Dystopia & Utopia, and Murder & Mayhem), online in The Saturday Evening Post, and in Nothing Without Us(Fall of 2019).
On the editor’s side of her desk, she reads slush for Apex and Lightspeed magazines and has been a juror for Speculative Literature Foundation grants. She spends far too much time on Facebook and not enough on her blog or Twitter. She lives in Toronto with her family and is currently working on a Canadian historical trilogy combining a lesbian blacksmith, magical clockworks, and a menopausal pirate.
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.
Jen Desmarais—Writer, Game Developer, Copy Editor, and more!
A consummate student, Jennifer Desmarais has three degrees and just graduated from her fourth. The most recent being her diploma in Tourism and Travel at Algonquin College, which she uses in her day job with Orleans Travel & Cruise Centre, 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. Her blog, The Travelling TARDIS, was nominated for the 2018 Prix Aurora Awards.
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 3000 books. They have a daughter (Sept 2016) and a son (July 2019).
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.
Fibro Jedi (Martin)—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.”
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.
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.
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. The third book in the series, A Congress of Ships, is now available.
Laurence Gillieson—Writer and Crafter
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. She is the author of the ’Cosm Series: Life in the ’Cosm and The Stealth Lovers, a prequel (available in the Fall of 2019). Her short stories appear in anthologies such as Alice Unbound: Beyond Wonderland (Exile Editions), We Shall Be Monsters (Renaissance), and Space Opera Libretti (McNett and Rossman). 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), and Little Yellow Magnet (Jamieson Wolf).
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.
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.
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.
Rachel Jeffery is a writer who battles with cerebral palsy, depression, spinal arthritis, and CFS/ME. She now works in public relations. Rachel has recently released the romance, Carefree and Consequence, which is available on Amazon (writing as Rachel Marie). You can read more about Rachel’s work on her website, The Rachel Diaries. You can also follow her on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
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.
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…”
Derek Newman-Stille—Academic, Fanboy, Blogger, and Radio Personality
Derek Newman-Stille is a PhD ABD and teaches at Trent University. They run the eight-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. They have written afterwards for publications like Accessing the Future and Playground of Lost Toys. They were the editor-in-chief of the Over the Rainbow: Folk and Fairy Tales from the Margins and We Shall Be Monsters anthologies.
You can follow Derek on Twitter!
Kyla Richter is a science-fiction writer from the United States. Vey have a website where vey blog about stories, such as reviews and topics like theme analysis. You can also find Kyla on Twitter, where vey tweet about writing, disability, and a host of other things.
Madona Skaff—Scientist and Author
With a degree in biology, Madona Skaff 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.
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.
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.
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!