Derek Newman-Stille

Derek Newman-Stille is a PhD ABD at Trent University and teaches in Trent’s Department of English Literature. Derek researches representations of disability in Canadian speculative fiction. Derek is a 7 time Prix Aurora Award winner for his digital humanities project Speculating Canada ( speculatingcanada.ca ) and the Speculating Canada radio show on Trent Radio. Derek also runs two other digital humanities projects: Dis(Abled) Embodiment ([email protected]wordpress.com ) and Through the Twisted Woods ( www.[email protected]wordpress.com ), which he runs with Brittany Warman and Sara Cleto.

Derek is currently editing Over the Rainbow: Folk and Fairy Tales from the Margins with Kelsi Morris, which is being published through Exile.

Derek has published in academic fora like  Mosaic, The Canadian Fantastic in Focus, Quill and Quire, and Misfit Children: An Inquiry into Childhood Belongings and in fiction anthologies The Playground of Lost Toys and Accessing the Future.

Derek is Queer, Disabled, and he lives in Peterborough, Ontario, Canada, where he likes to blend academia, art, and activism.


Una Verdandi

Una Verdandi’s brain is a nice place to visit, but you wouldn’t want to live there. It’s too easy to get lost in all those long, dark corridors and shadowy crevices; better to have a picnic on the lawn, take a few photos, and move on before dusk. The ghosts and demons that appear after dark make terrible playmates but wonderful muses.

When Una is not exorcising her muses into a Word document, she is probably painting in watercolour, embroidering something, or pondering the meaning of life. (Just kidding—life is meaningless.) To pay the bills, she works as a professional editor, helping other fiction authors mold their demons into a marketable form or tidying up legalese and financial babble for her corporate clients.

Una lives in cozy apartment in Toronto with a very vocal tabby cat and at most one potted plant. She would like to have more greenery, but the only thing she can successfully grow is her to-be-read pile, and in any case, her beloved fur baby eats every living thing within reach when she’s not looking. She has concluded that she should just get more cats and be done with it.

Her website will let you peek inside both her brain and her book, or you can follow her on facebook and twitter.

 

Una’s works

Black Wolf – Forthcoming!


‘Nathan Burgoine

‘Nathan Burgoine grew up a reader and studied literature in university while making a living as a bookseller. His first published short story was “Heart” in the collection Fool for Love: New Gay Fiction. Since then, he has had dozens of short stories published, including This is How You Die (the second Machine of Death anthology).

His first novel, Light, is available from Bold Strokes Books and was a finalist for both the Lambda Literary Award for LGBT SF/Fantasy/Horror, and the BOTYA 2013 Gay & Lesbian (Adult Fiction) ForeWord award. His second and third novels, Triad Blood and Triad Soul, are available now from Bold Strokes Books. His first novella-length work, “In Memoriam,” was included in the collection On the Run, by Wilde City Press, and available as a solo e-novella through Lethe Press.

A cat lover, ‘Nathan managed to fall in love and marry Daniel, who is a confirmed dog person. Their ongoing “cat or dog?” détente ended with the adoption of Coach, a six-year old husky. They live in Ottawa, Canada, where socialized health care and gay marriage have yet to cause the sky to cave in.

‘Nathan’s works:

Blurbed – Forthcoming!

 


Éric Desmarais

Éric graduated in 2006 with a BA in Communications and no idea what to do with his life. He decided to narrow his job search to anywhere that would hire him. He luckily found a great position
in the federal government as a desktop publisher, which is a cross between a layout artist and a webmaster.

Once he’d finished writing his first novel he was hooked and has now written a half dozen. He is one half of JenEric Designs, a website dedicated to all things geeky, where you’ll find his stories, articles, and adventures in coffee roasting, along with his wife’s travel blog and game design articles.

He’s been working as a freelance Layout Artist since 2015 and has worked with fantastic clients including;  AN Design Communications, Five Rivers Publishing, The Ed Greenwood Group, CAATS, S. M. Carrière, and Renaissance Press.

You can find his services and prices on his website at: http://www.jeneric-designs.ca/layout-services/

Éric started with Renaissance as an author. You can read about his books here!

Éric’s projects:

Typesetter / interior designer:

Parasomnia

A Study in Aether


Caro Fréchette

Caro is one of the founders of Renaissance. They have studied creative writing, art and design, graphic novels, and graphic design. They are the main designer for Renaissance’s books and games, Renaissance’s main project manager, and Renaissance’s accountant and event manager.

Caro is also known as the author Caroline Fréchette, and has written 6 books in the Renaissance collection (which you can find on their author profile here).

Caro’s projects:

Editor:

The Admirer

The King in Darkness

Bonhomme Sept-Heures

A Study in Aether

Life in the ‘Cosm

Parasomnia

Lust and Lemonade 

Game graphic designer (cards, box, booklet)

Extrahumans

A Match Made in Austen

Blush

Illustrator

Extrahumans (cards)

Lust and Lemonade  (cover)

The Admirer (cover)

 

A Study in Aether (cover)

Life in the ‘Cosm (cover)

To Pluck a Crow (cover)

Life After Redby (cover)

Cover design

The Admirer

Thrills on Ice

Making a Living

Unblocked

The King in Darkness

Bonhomme Sept-Heures

A Study in Aether

Life in the ‘Cosm

Journey of a Thousand Steps

 

Daughters of Britain

To Pluck a Crow

Parasomnia

Lust and Lemonade 

Life After Redby

Typesetting / interior

The Admirer

Thrills on Ice

Making a Living

Unblocked

The King in Darkness

Bonhomme Sept-Heures

Life in the ‘Cosm

Journey of a Thousand Steps

Daughters of Britain

To Pluck a Crow

Lust and Lemonade 

Life After Redby


L. P. Vallée

Louis-Philippe Vallée is an editor, a writer, and a lost soul forever searching for cool genre fiction. He can found wandering the street and back alleys of Montreal, wearing a hoodie and headphones, nodding his head. His life and bio are a work in progress.

Louis-Phillipe’s projects:

Editor for:

Blood Relations

Brothers in Arms

Kindred Spirits

Blood Matters

Unblocked

Making a Living

The Admirer

Thrills on Ice

Journey of a Thousand Steps

The King in Darkness

Bonhomme Sept-Heures

Life in the ‘Cosm

A Study in Aether

Daughters of Britain


Cait Gordon

Cait Gordon is Madam President of Dynamic Canvas Inc., an Ottawa-based consulting business that provides information and web development services. She specializes in WordPress websites with integrated online shops, and is a professional editor. Dynamic Canvas is now looking to the author and publishing community, seeking opportunities to create websites that are pleasing to the eye and easy to navigate. Cait is also accepting new clients who need an editor to help them prepare manuscripts for publication or submissions. You can reach her on Twitter @DcanDiva or through the contact information on the Dcan website.

 

 

Cait’s projects:

Cait generously offers her expertise as our webmaster, e-store diva, and general provider of laughs and good times. She started with Renaissance as the author of Life in the ‘Cosm.

 

 

 


Marjolaine Lafrenière

Marjolaine started Renaissance along with Caro and Marie-Claude. She studied literature, art history, translation, and creative writing. She has been writing for over a decade.

Marjolaine’s projects:

Marjolaine is a member of the executive committee and the acquisitions committee.

Game designer and editor for A Match Made in Austen.

Editor for:

Blood Relations

Brothers in Arms

Journey of a Thousand Steps

To Pluck a Crow

Marjolaine also writes under the pen name Aurelia Osborne.

 


Franck Formantin

From the depth of his cave, Franck tries not to become mad by finding the perfect stroke, composition or hue… while mumbling nonsense about oddly shaped underwear, sticky buckwheat noodles and toothless Russian guys.

You can follow Franck on DeviantArt and on his website.

Franck’s projects:

Franck has worked as an illustrator for the cover of:

Blood Relations

Brothers In Arms

Kindred Spirits

Blood Matters


Myryam Ladouceur

In her final semester of Algonquin College’s Professional Writing program, Myryam Ladouceur is currently interning at Renaissance Press, polishing her acquired editing skills on fiction manuscripts. In her spare time, she writes spooky short stories and tries to learn stop-motion animation. She aspires to become a full fledged editor one day.

Follow her on Twitter @MyryamLadouceur or on Instagram @myryam_l

 

Myryam’s projects include full editing of:

Parasomnia

Daughters of Britain

The Reluctant Barbarian


Meaghan Côté

In her early twenties, Meaghan Côté attends her final semester at Algonquin College in Ottawa in the Professional Writing program. She is currently an intern with Renaissance Press working on editing a fiction manuscript. She also has a published illustrated children’s book called The Wish Granter, where a magical wolf selflessly grants other people’s wishes—that is, until he encounters a young girl.

Meaghan is currently doing her internship with Renaissance.

Meaghan’s projects:

Editing:

Daughters of Britain

To Pluck A Crow

Life After Redby


S. Evelyn Cimesa

S. Evelyn Cimesa is a passionate journalist, substantive editor, and social media strategist. She’s bold, ambitious, and lives to engage her audience through multimedia. When she’s not helping the team at Presses Renaissance Press, she’s writing the Homes & Condos section for the Ottawa Citizen.
Facebook: Evie Cimesa
Evie is one of the key members in Renaissance. She is part of the acquisitions committee, one of our main editors, and our main marketing strategist. She was one of our first fans, and one of our first volunteers, and her passion keeps us going in more ways than one!

Evie was an editor on:

Lust and Lemonade

John Haas

John Haas was born and raised in Montreal before moving to Calgary where he lived for twelve wonderful years. Now he is in the nation’s capital but still misses seeing those Rockies in the distance.

John has been writing for most of his life but only became serious about being published in the last six years or so. In that time he has had twelve short stories published in various excellent publications, written one children’s book for a friend, and has one story being produced as a podcast later this year. His goal is to become a full time writer (rich and famous would be nice too but not necessary).

He lives with his supportive wife who gives him lots of time to write and his two wonderful sons who give him lots of motivation.

For more information, please see his website at: http://johnhaas.weebly.com/

Or follow his rambling thoughts on Twitter: @johnhaas11

Books


Author Kaitlin Caul

Kaitlin Caul has three great loves in life; writing, drawing, and dragons.  She is also a gigantic geek and grew up on a healthy diet of Star Trek: Voyager, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and Dragonlance.  As such, she has developed a fascination with awesome stories, quippy characters, and things that go bump in the night.

Kaitlin was born in Toronto and proceeded to live in various places across southern Ontario during her youth.  She chose to move up to Ottawa after graduating from the University of Guelph with a degree in Psychology.  Her degree has helped a great deal in developing her understanding of the human psyche and just what gets under a person’s skin, but has not found much use in her chosen profession; cooking.  Her artistic side delights in the freedom of the culinary arts though, and she spends much of her time at work inflicting new recipes on her poor co-workers.

Now Kaitlin lives and works in Gatineau, where she splits her free time between assisting her fellow NaNoWriMo MLs with plans of how to drive themselves insane come November, and delving the depths of her characters’ minds.  She has published several short stories in various venues, and is the author of Life After Redby; a merry romp through the mind of someone who survived the zombie apocalypse by dying a lot.

Any other free time she might have is devoted to her two very demanding feline roommates, Isis and Bailey.

Follow her on Twitter: @MystiCaul

BOOKS:

Life After Redby – Forthcoming!