Su J. Sokol

Su J. Sokol is an activist and a writer of speculative, liminal, and interstitial fiction. A former legal services lawyer from New York City, she immigrated to Canada with her family in 2004 and now makes Montréal her home. Su works as a social rights advocate for a community organization where she speaks French (and English) with a New York accent.

Cycling to Asylum, Su’s debut novel, was long-listed for the Sunburst Award for Excellence in Canadian Literature of the Fantastic. Her short fiction and reviews have appeared in a number of magazines and anthologies. Su also curates and participates in readings and literary events in Canada and abroad.

Books

Run J. Run (Coming 2019)


Stephen Graham-King

Stephen Graham King lives in Toronto. His first book, JUST BREATHE, tells the funny, blunt, uncompromising story of his three year battle with metastatic synovial sarcoma. Since then, he has concentrated on writing speculative fiction, in particular, queer-themed space opera, and his short fiction has appeared in the anthologies NORTH OF INFINITY II, DESOLATE PLACES and RUINS METROPOLIS. His first novel, CHASING COLD, was released in 2012, followed by the first books in the Maverick Heart Cycle, SOUL’S BLOOD, (2016) and GATECRASHER (2017).

 

 

Books

A Congress of Ships (coming 2019)


The Spirit of Holidays by Jennifer Carole Lewis

Our countdown to the winter solstice continues!

Around this time of the year comes a number of important religious celebrations around the world. To celebrate, we’ve brought together quite a few amazing independent authors and artists for an advent calendar of blog posts.

Each of them will write a short piece or create something related to the celebration closest to their heart.

Yesterday’s story was A Family by Choice Christmas, by Nathan Caro Fréchette.

Today’s entry is called The Spirit of Holidays, by Jennifer Carole Lewis.

Make sure to come back on Christmas Eve to see the next installment in the series, by Jamieson Wolf!


A Family by Choice Christmas by Nathan Caro Fréchette

Our countdown to the winter solstice continues!

Around this time of the year comes a number of important religious celebrations around the world. To celebrate, we’ve brought together quite a few amazing independent authors and artists for an advent calendar of blog posts.

Each of them will write a short piece or create something related to the celebration closest to their heart.

Yesterday’s story was La Bafana, by Derek Newman-Stille.

Today’s entry is called A Family by Choice Christmas, by Nathan Caro Fréchette.

Make sure to come back tomorrow to see the next installment in the series, by Jennifer Carole Lewis!


La Bafana by Derek Newman-Stille

Our countdown to the winter solstice continues!

Around this time of the year comes a number of important religious celebrations around the world. To celebrate, we’ve brought together quite a few amazing independent authors and artists for an advent calendar of blog posts.

Each of them will write a short piece or create something related to the celebration closest to their heart.

Yesterday’s story was The Guardian, by Jen Desmarais. 

Today’s entry is called La Bafana, by Derek Newman-Stille.

Make sure to come back tomorrow to see the next installment in the series, by Nathan Caro Fréchette!


The Guardian by Jen Desmarais

Our countdown to the winter solstice continues!

Around this time of the year comes a number of important religious celebrations around the world. To celebrate, we’ve brought together quite a few amazing independent authors and artists for an advent calendar of blog posts.

Each of them will write a short piece or create something related to the celebration closest to their heart.

Yesterday’s story was Shadows of Winter by Una Verdandi.

Today’s entry is called The Guardian, by Jen Desmarais. 

Make sure to come back tomorrow to see the next installment in the series, by Derek Newman-Stille!


The Year Christmas Got Canceled by JF Garrard

Our countdown to the winter solstice continues!

Around this time of the year comes a number of important religious celebrations around the world. To celebrate, we’ve brought together quite a few amazing independent authors and artists for an advent calendar of blog posts.

Each of them will write a short piece or create something related to the celebration closest to their heart.

Yesterday’s story was a Chanukkah poem by Talia Johnson called From Darkness to Light.

Today’s entry is called The Year Christmas Got Cancelled by JF Garrard. 

Make sure to come back on Friday to see the next installment in the series, by Una Verdandi !


Night of the Sisters by Éric Desmarais

Our countdown to the winter solstice continues!

Around this time of the year comes a number of important religious celebrations around the world. To celebrate, we’ve brought together quite a few amazing independent authors and artists for an advent calendar of blog posts.

Each of them will write a short piece or create something related to the celebration closest to their heart.

Yesterday’s story was a French short called Du coeur au ventre by Mel Lévesque.

Today, we are happy to share Éric Desmarais’s story “Night of the Sisters”. 

Make sure to come back tomorrow to see the next installment in the series, by Salem Leonard Goosby!


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


Nathan Caro Fréchette

Nate is one of the founders of Renaissance. He has studied creative writing, art and design, graphic novels, and graphic design. He is the main designer for Renaissance’s books and games, Renaissance’s main project manager, and Renaissance’s accountant and event manager.

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

Nate’s projects:

Editor:

The Admirer

The King in Darkness

Bonhomme Sept-Heures

A Study in Aether

Life in the ‘Cosm

Parasomnia

Lust and Lemonade 

Life After Redby

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.