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


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.

 


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


Sue Taylor-Davidson

Sue Taylor-Davidson lives in Ottawa.  Her life has been full and happy, with a wonderful husband and 3 great step-children, a large extended family, commitment to Aboriginal issues, research jobs, library work, babies, animals (specifically cats), editing, NGOs dedicated to education and library development, lots of gardening, knitting, Shakespeare research, reading, art and writing.  She loves people and sings in a community choir.  Her education is diverse, ranging from health studies, theology, Native studies, library science and early childhood education.

Follow her on Facebook, or visit her website.

Books: To Pluck a Crow (Coming 2017!)


S. M. Carrière

Born in 1983 and raised in various countries around the globe, S.M. Carrière has always felt drawn to epic tales of heroes and villains.  An avid reader herself and despite always writing, she did not think of becoming an author until her final year of university, when she found herself compelled to the craft (when she ought to have been studying).  She self-published her first title, The Dying God and Other Stories, in 2011 at the urging of a friend, and has not stopped since, publishing one book each consecutive year.

Falling in love with speculative fiction was easy for S.M. Carrière, and she has since become very involved in the speculative fiction community in her current city of residence. Ottawa.  She founded Silver Stag Entertainment to share her love of genre books and films and can be frequently seen on that youtube.com channel discussing them.

Not content with merely writing, and ‘youtubing,’ S.M. Carrière has also indulged her love of fine art, picking a paint brush up for the first time in many years in 2014.  Her portfolio of drawings and paintings grows steadily.

S.M. Carrière is also an avid martial artist, studying Northern Mantis Kung Fu and Chinese Kickboxing with Wutan Canada, and taking up western equestrian martial arts when she has the time.

And, after all of that, if she has a moment or two, she can be found curled up with a hot cup of tea, a meaty red wine or a smooth whiskey and enjoying a good book… or playing the Xbox.

Find her on Facebook, and on Twitter.

Books


Jamieson Wolf

Jamieson has been writing since a young age when he realized he could be writing instead of paying attention in school. Since then, he has created many worlds in which to live his fantasies and live out his dreams.

He is a Number One Best Selling Author (he likes to tell people that a lot) and writes in many different genres. Jamieson is also an accomplished artist. He works in mixed media, charcoal and pastels. He is also something of an amateur photographer, a poet and graphic designer.

He currently lives in Ottawa Ontario Canada with his cat, Tula, who is fearless.

Find him on Facebook and Twitter. Visit his website and his blog.
 
 
 

Books


Come and see our authors at Can-Con!

Can-Con, or the Conference for Canadian Content in Speculative Art and Fiction, is one of our favourite events of the year. This year, our authors are going to be very present, on tons of panels, and even doing a special reading event!!

We will be taking pitches (our preferred way of meeting new authors) on Saturday from 12-1 PM. Please register at the front desk, I do believe we have 2-3 spots left!! 

Please see below for opportunities to come and see (and meet!) your favourite Renaissance authors:

Signing sessions at the table:

Each author has a special spot this weekend where they will definitely be at the table. This doesn’t mean that they won’t be there at any other time, but if you come during these scheduled spots, you can be sure not to miss them!

Eric Desmarais: Saturday, 12-1 PM

Caroline Frechette: Saturday, 1-2 PM

Cait Gordon: Saturday, 4-5 PM

Evan May: Sunday, 1-2 PM

Aurelia Osborne: Saturday, 2-3 PM

Madona Skaff-Koren: Saturday, 3-4 PM

Reading by Renaissance authors:

Four of our authors will be reading from their books on Saturday, from 2 to 3 PM. Come and listen to the new works of Eric Desmarais, Caroline Frechette, Cait Gordon and Madona Skaff-Koren! 

Authors on panels:

A few of our authors will be speaking on panels this year! Here is their schedule:

Caroline Frechette

FRIDAY: 7 PM, Ursula K. Le Guin, contributions and legacy; 8 PM, Challenging creative marriages: comic book writers and artists working together

SATURDAY: 10 AM, Different ways to pitch a novel to a Publisher or Agent; 5 PM, Beyond the Coming Out Story: New queer narratives in speculative fiction

SUNDAY: 10 AM, 40 creative choices that drive away audiences; 1 PM, The Diversification of the Comics industry

Evan May

SATURDAY: 11 AM, Why doesn’t epic fantasy get critical respect?; 7 PM, Ye Olde Medievalisms in Fantasy

SUNDAY: 11 AM, Want to be on Programming Next Year?

Madona Skaff-Koren

SATURDAY: 10 AM, Weird and Different Sensory Perception in Animals

SUNDAY: 11 AM, Bodies of Difference: Disability in Spec Fic


Come play with us!

cangames

You have probably heard by now about our up and coming storytelling card game A Match Made In Austenfor which we are currently running a Kickstarter campaign. Well, we will be hosting a test play at CanGames 2015, on Sunday afternoon at 2:00 PM. We have a four-hour slot, so we will be running several play-throughs (the game takes about 45 minutes to an hour to play, depending on the number of players), so you will definitely have a chance to play! Come and try the game!stickers