Meet our local writers and make sure that you check out their work!
Ellie Anglin is a writer of fiction, poetry and memoir that deals with themes of gender, queerness, pop culture and cats. Much of her writing is illustrated with collage and drawing and made into zines and videos. Her work can be seen at www.ellieanglin.com
Anne R. Bailey is a novelist, entrepreneur and when she can find the time: wife. Her love of historical fiction, writing, and romance encouraged her to dive head first into the world of publishing. With a cup of warm coffee by her side and her dog at her feet, she can be found at her desk writing late into the night. She is currently hard at work on upcoming projects. For more information about her books, short stories, as well as contact information you can go to: www.inkblotpressco.com
Daryl J. Ball has spent many of his years with one feline pal or another. He developed a love for reading at a young age especially in regards to Science Fiction and Fantasy.
Website: Daryl J Ball
Erin Bow is the author of eight books — five novels, and two volumes of poetry and a memoir (the poetry under her maiden name, Erin Noteboom). The novels are a pair of stand-alone high fantasies, Plain Kate and Sorrow’s Knot, and the science fiction duology The Scorpion Rules and The Swan Riders. Her poetry has won the CBC Canadian Literary Award and several other awards. My novels have a fistful of honors, including the GG, the Canadian Library Association Book of the Year award, and the award sometimes called “Canada’s Newbery,” the TD Canadian Children’s Literature Award. No one read the memoir.
Nic Brewer writes strange literary fiction with more than a hint of the surreal. Her debut novel, Suture (Book*Hug 2021), follows three artists through a world where art is literally made with the body to explore the weight of mental illness on artists and their loved ones. She loves tea, boxing, her wife, and their dog, and she really wants to hear about what you love most in the world. Order Suture through Words Worth Books, Indigo, or anywhere books are sold!
Suzanne Church‘s writing runs the gamut from horror to science fiction to fantasy. Her award-winning short fiction has appeared in Cicada, Clarkesworld, and several anthologies. Some of her more memorable characters frequent the Couch Teleportation Universe stories, three of the twenty-one stories collected in her Aurora Nominated book Elements. Once in a while, talking chickens invade her brain.
A. S. Compton grew up on her family’s inter-generational farm in Ontario and attended the University of Western Ontario, receiving her BA in English and Literature in 2012. Before beginning university, she lived in Botswana, Africa for her gap year. She is the author of A Grandmother Named Love. She has published articles in local newsletters and through MennoMedia’s Purpose. She is currently working on an historical fiction about WWII conscientious objectors, Mennonite culture and the familial shame of those who went to war against the will of their church. She loves reading and cycling and still spends much of her time on the family farm with her two children.
Ian Darling is a former journalist for The Record and taught writing courses at Wilfrid Laurier University before beginning work as a full-time author. He has two books available and is working on his third.
Lilith Darville is the international bestselling author of dangerously delicious romance — paranormal reverse harem, dark and contemporary. Her stories are guaranteed to make readers flush and blush. She lives in Ontario with her beloved Hubster and their somewhat challenged cat.
Shirley Hartung is a retired teacher who loves children. Although known in the past for her series of Best Selling cookbooks specializing in gluten-free and allergy-friendly recipes, she is now enjoying venturing into the world of children’s literature. Her first project Grounded which took several years to research and write is now followed by her latest book entitled You and Me. This is Shirley’s first children’s picture book.
Carolyn (Carly) B. Henderson is a lover of words and painted word pictures. For as long as she can remember, she has delved into word play and followed it where it led. Her writing takes the form of fiction and poetry, but she also likes to explore her thoughts and ideas through blogging. She enjoys the challenge of following a story to see where it leads and though she says she enjoys crafting stories of self discovery after hardship – with a dash of romance thrown in, she is not against the idea of following other less conventional genres (SciFi and Dark Fantasy).
Phyllis Hinz and Lamont Mackay. are co-authors of Stratford For All Seasons: Theatre & Arts, Stratford For All Seasons: Secrets & Surprises, 10 cookbooks, travel blogs, travel articles, and a regular food-travel column in RV Lifestyle Magazine. Their tenth cookbook On The Road With The Cooking Ladies, Let’s Get Grilling combines grilling and smoking recipes with travel stories that reflect the authors’ traveling lifestyle. Phyllis and Lamont have visited every province and territory in Canada, except Nunuvut, and every state in the United States. They are presently living in Stratford, Ontario. Phyllis is writing a novel and Lamont is working on book three of their Stratford For All Seasons series.
Website blog: www.thecookingladies.com
E.K. Johnston‘s books range from contemporary fantasy (The Story of Owen, Prairie Fire), to fairy-tale reimaginings (A Thousand Nights, Spindle), from hopeful sci-fi to quiet epic fantasy (That Inevitable Victorian Thing, The Afterward), and from small town Ontario (Exit, Pursued By A Bear), to a galaxy far, far away (Star Wars: Ahsoka, Queen’s Shadow, Queen’s Peril). She has no plans to rein anything in.
Paula Kienapple-Summers is a poet from Kitchener, Ontario. Her poems have been published in literary journals such as Existere, The Nashwaak Review, Tower Poetry, Amethyst Review and Spadina Literary Review as well as anthologies including Another Dysfunctional Cancer Poetry Anthology and Voicing Suicide. Locally, her poetry has been recognized several times by the Dorothy Shoemaker Literary Awards and published in a CAA branch anthology Words from Here. She is an associate member of the League of Canadian Poets.
Becka Kinzie creates her own horror/darkly inclined comics and art, which are posted onto her website and social media, under the online name The Becka (@the_becka, or @the.becka). The comics are eventually self-published, and sold at conventions and other art events.
Mark Leslie (Lefebvre) is an author, professional speaker and bookseller with more than a quarter century of experience in writing, publishing, and bookselling.
Lisa MacColl writes B2B/B2C, insurance, investment, parenting & robots articles. She tries to keep her cats off the table. Her book “Cannoli” is available on Amazon.
Tanis MacDonald is an essayist, poet, professor, reviewer, editor, and creative writing instructor. Her memoir via instruction, Out of Line: Daring to be an Artist Outside the Big City (Wolsak and Wynn 2018) is a guide to starting out in and playing the long game in the literary world. She is the author of four books of poetry, the latest of which is Mobile (Book*hug 2019). Tanis is also a co-editor (with Ariel Gordon and Rosanna Deerchild) of the multi-genre anthology GUSH: menstrual manifestos for our times (Frontenac House), and her book The Daughter’s Way (WLUP, 2012) was a finalist for the Gabrielle Roy Prize. Her creative nonfiction has appeared in Tessera, Prairie Fire, Studies in Canadian Literature, Hamilton Arts and Letters, The New Quarterly, and in the anthologies Far and Wide: Essays from Across Canada (Pearson), Against Death (Anvil), and Far Villages (Black Lawrence Press).
Dr Katherine (Katie) Mack is a theoretical astrophysicist who studies a range of questions in cosmology, the study of the universe from beginning to end. She currently holds the position of Assistant Professor of Physics at North Carolina State University, where she is also a member of the Leadership in Public Science Cluster. Throughout her career she has studied dark matter, the early universe, galaxy formation, black holes, cosmic strings, and the ultimate fate of the cosmos. Alongside her academic research, she is an active science communicator and has been published in a number of popular publications such as Scientific American, Slate, Sky & Telescope, Time.com, and Cosmos Magazine, where she is a columnist. You can find her on Twitter as @AstroKatie.
Tina McFarlane is a Regional Library Assistant and has been writing dark poetry and short stories for TBM Horror Experts, a horror promotion site, since 2017. Her work has also appeared in Spillwords, Luna the Blog/The Poetry Bar and Lucy’s Works. You can find her on Instagram, Twitter, and her website, Tina McFarlane-Poet and Writer.
Jane Ann McLachlan writes in several genres, from contemporary short stories to medieval historical fiction to young adult science fiction and fantasy. She also has a website for non-fiction where you will find writing advice and her books on creative writing. But she prefers writing story — the kind of stories you hate to finish reading!
Amy Neufeld. With her degree in English Literature and diploma in Theatre Arts, Amy Neufeld is a Theatre for Young Audiences playwright and co-founder of Lightning Banjo Productions, and a contributor to Shameless Magazine and CBC Radio’s The Irrelevant Show. Amy has been published on the Dreamers Creative Writing site, Flash Fiction Magazine, and on the Daily Drunk Magazine, and is a member of Pat the Dog’s 2021 Women’s Room for playwrights. Amy lives in Kitchener Ontario with her husband, two daughters, and calico cat.
Howard Pell has written and self-published two non-fiction books: Retire Fit, Fit and Fit (www.howardpell.ca) and co-authored and self-published Retire Fit with S.A.F.E. Workouts (www.retirefit.life). He has written many short stories and poems, and is working on his first novel. Howard retired in 2014 and is a writer, videographer, Flamenco promoter, Rotarian and a world traveller. Howard and his wife Rosemary live in Kitchener, Ontario, Canada.
Mariam Pirbhai is the author of a debut collection of short fiction titled Outside People and Other Stories (Inanna 2017), which won the 2018 IPPY Gold Medal for Multicultural Fiction, the 2019 American BookFest’s Best Book Award for the Short Story, and ranked #6 in a CBC “must-reads” list of 2017. She is a Professor of English at Wilfrid Laurier University where she teaches and specializes in postcolonial literature, diaspora studies and creative writing. She is the author/editor of two academic books on the South Asian diaspora and its literatures, cultures and histories of migration. Mariam Pirbhai was born in Pakistan and was in her late teens when her family immigrated to Canada. She and her husband settled in Waterloo, Ontario, in 2005, and much of her current work in the genres of fiction and creative non-fiction is inspired by her meanderings through and musings of the region, its watershed and its landscape.
Website: mariampirbhai.ca and Facebook
Kenzie Quinn is an erotica and erotic romance writer who loves corsets, handcuffs, fangs, and a good long snuggle. Her stories are for readers who like variety — straight, LGBTQ+, couples, ménage, contemporary, paranormal, dark, BDSM, romantic — Kenzie loves to explore different subgenres. But one thing is always the same — lots of steamy sex!
Website: Kenzie Quinn
Maryam Rafiee was born in 1983 in Tehran, Iran, and has worked as a chemist, a conservator of cultural heritage sites, and an archaeologist. She is the author of numerous articles on the cultural heritage of Iran. She currently lives in Ontario, Canada, where her personal essays on her experiences as an immigrant and as a daughter of a political prisoner have appeared in local and international newspapers.
Website: Maryam Rafiee
Vanessa Ricci-Thode is a word sorceress — an SFF author and editor — who loves a good story. She’s a NaNoWriMo veteran, a Halloween enthusiast, and a bookish geek who loves dragons, dogs, astronomy, travel and good tequila. She writes primarily fantasy, with two novels out through Iguana Books. Follow her on Twitter @VRicciThode
P.T. Russell is a Bahamian creative entrepreneur based in Bowmanville, Canada. She writes Short Stories, Microfiction, poetry and Screenplays. P.T. was awarded an Honorable Mention from L. Ron Hubbard’s Writers of the Future contest for her first short story, “Orev.” She is currently adapting Orev into a graphic novel. She has been published in, NonBinary Review, Fresh.Ink Magazine , The Orono Weekly Times , Lolwe Magazine, Montreal Writes and The Penmen Review. You can follow her on Twitter @ptwrites
David Sarachman. Bio coming soon. Website: davidsarachman.com
Lynne Sargent is writer, aerialist, and philosophy Ph.D student currently studying at the University of Waterloo. They are an Aurora and Rhysling Award nominated poet, and you can find their poetry in venues such as Strange Horizons, Truancy, and Augur magazine. They received an OAC recommender grant in 2019 to write their first full-length poetry collection “A Refuge of Tales,” which is forthcoming from Renaissance Press.
Susan Scott is the author of Temple in a Teapot and a memoir-in-progress, Sainted Dirt: Reckonings with Land, Language, Family and Imperfect Teaware. As a community builder, she works with artists, scholars and activists to release powerful, transgressive stories that inspire grassroots change and healing. As The New Quarterly’s non-fiction editor, she directs Write on the French River Creative Writing Retreat and serves as associate director of the Wild Writers Literary Festival. Susan has lived in Toronto, Montreal and in towns and cities across the US. She makes her home in Waterloo, Ontario, on the Haldimand Tract, in the heart of the Great Lakes basin.
Website: www. Caitlin-Press.com
Richard H. Stephens began writing circa 1974; a bored child looking for something to do. A trip to a local bookstore saw the proprietor introduce him to Terry Brooks and Stephen R. Donaldson and his writing life was forever changed. Richard worked in a warehouse for 22 years, before going back to school. Graduating with honours, he joined the local Police Service. In 2017, Richard resigned from the Police Service to pursue writing full-time. With the support of his family, he has finally realized his boyhood dream and has currently published 13 novels with many more on the way.
Glynn Stewart is the author of Starship’s Mage, a bestselling science fiction and fantasy series where faster-than-light travel is possible–but only because of magic. His other works include science fiction series Duchy of Terra, Castle Federation and Vigilante, as well as the urban fantasy series ONSET and Changeling Blood.
Lori Straus. Bio coming soon. Website: www.loristraus.com
Caroline Topperman is a European-Canadian writer, entrepreneur, dancer, and world traveler. Born in Sweden, raised in Canada with a recent stint of living in Poland, she holds a BFA in screenwriting. Her book credits include, Tell Me What You See visual writing prompts for the wandering writer & FitWise: straight talk about being fit & healthy. She has written articles for Huffington Post Canada, was the Beauty Editor for British MODE Magazine and is the Managing Editor for Nonbinary Review. Her writing career also includes professional copy writing for a well-funded online start-up and real estate development websites. You can find her on Instagram & Twitter as @styleontheside
Websites/blogs: www.carolinetopperman.com & www.styleontheside.com
Brian Van Norman. With three highly acclaimed novels currently on the market THE BETRAYAL PATH, IMMORTAL WATER and his latest, AGAINST THE MACHINE: LUDDITES available through Chapters/Indigo and Independent Bookstores(Canada), Barnes & Noble (USA), Waterstones (Great Britain), Amazon, Goodreads and his publisher www.guernicaeditions.com, Brian’s next book, the sequel to LUDDITES set in Waterloo Region, is titled AGAINST THE MACHINE: MANIFESTO. It will launch this fall. He is currently researching and writing a third book for his AGAINST THE MACHINE trilogy. Once a teacher, theatre director and adjudicator, Brian left those worlds to travel with his wife, Susan, and take up writing as a full time pursuit. He has journeyed to every continent and sailed nearly every sea on the planet. His base is Waterloo. For more, his website is www.authorbrianvannorman.com.
Trevor Waurechen. Bio coming soon. Website: www.waurechen.com
Carolyn R. Wilker, author, editor and storyteller, explores her muse in memoir, poetry, inspirational, and children’s stories. She’s a gardener, scrapbooker, and loves taking photos for her blog https://www.storygal.ca/ Carolyn looks forward to the day when she can hug her grandkids, family, and friends again.
Jennifer Willcock is a writer and speaker, and she’s thrilled that her English degree is finally being put to good use. Jennifer spent some of her best hours at the dance barre. She is the author of Exit Stage Right, her debut YA novel and Whole: Hope for the
Broken Pastor’s Wife, about her struggles as a pastor’s wife. She lives in Ontario, Canada with her husband, two sons, and their pet dwarf rabbit, Whiskers. You can find her on Twitter @jenwillcock, Facebook @wholePW and Instagram @jenniferwillcock