In 2008 Lorina established her own publishing house in direct response to the changing face of publishing. She brings with her over 30 years of experience as a freelance writer, author and editor, and a commitment to publishing new Canadian voices which might otherwise remain silent.
She is the author of four novels, a collection of short speculative fiction, two chapbooks of poetry, and two books. Her articles have appeared in regional and national print media, and her short fiction in Polar Borealis, On Spec, Neo-Opsis, Postscripts to Darkness, Deluge: Stories of Survival & Tragedy in the Great Flood, Strangers Among Us, and Sword and Sorceress X.
In addition to her work in the literary arts, she has been a visual artist all her life, producing work primarily in watercolour, but also pen and ink, oil, acrylic and textiles, as well as digital media. Her work has been commissioned by both public and private patrons, and hangs in government, corporate and private spaces.
Her personal website can be found at lorinastephens.com
In 1989, his Guide to Canadian Science Fiction won an Aurora Award; he won a second Aurora in 1990 for his general promotion of Canadian SF. In 1994 he was honoured as Fan Guest at the 52nd WorldCon, and in 1996 he co-edited (with Yves Meyard) the Tesseracts5SF anthology. More recently, he has been a regular reviewer for NeoOpsis Magazine, and won a third Aurora Award in 2014 for “Why I Read Canadian Speculative Fiction: The Social Dimension of Reading”, subsequently published in The Canadian Fantastic in Focus: New Perspectives, edited by Allan Weiss.
In terms of non-fiction, he has co-edited (with Gerald Taylor), a popular first year textbook, Thinking About Teaching: An Introduction and produced a number of educational websites in the “Tigana learns about…” series. His most recent book chapters were ‘Estate Planning for Authors’ in Writing After Retirement: Tips by Successful Retired Writers, and the forewords to Colin Scheyen’s Beyond Media Literacy, Amy Bright’s Curious If True, and Leslie Gadallah’s The Legend of Sarah. A full CV may be found on his uofL site.
He also operates his own independent editorial service at SFEditor.ca.
Aerin Caley has had a varied career: working as a writer, a technical writer, a shiatsu therapist, an editor and a reviewer. One uniting theme is her ongoing interest in communication of all types and a love affair with the eccentricities of the English language.
Sara Firmani is based in Cambridge, Ontario. She holds an Honours BA in English and Music from the University of Guelph, where she currently works, and has a Masters of Library & Information Sciences from the University of Western Ontario. She has also studied copy, stylistic, and substantive editing through The Chang School of Continuing Education at Ryerson University.
In her spare time, Sara is an avid reader, a bitchin’ cook, a music nut, a crazy cat & rat lady, a knitter, a roller derby aficionado, and a runner. Not necessarily in that order.
Kim Greyson is a retired high school Social Studies and English teacher. As an educator, he has done numerous presentations on how to engage reluctant readers. As an editor, he has been a beta reader for numerous established authors and a writing coach for first time writers. He has been part of the Speculative Fiction world for over twenty years when he joined The Imaginative Fiction Writers’ Association of Calgary.
Kathryn is a student of English and Linguistics at Mount Royal University (Calgary) and describes herself as a lover of stories.
Kathryn says “Five Rivers is an opportunity to do the work I love and gain valuable experience in the publishing world so that in the future I may continue to smell of ink and coffee—rather than beer and barbeque sauce as I did when waitressing.”
Jessica Allain is a self taught digital artist who was born and raised on the East Coast of New Brunswick, Canada. Jessica began painting at an early age and was always interested in artistic pursuits in childhood well into adulthood. As a young adult Jessica began oil painting, and had many of her pieces featured in community galleries as well as local restaurants and cafes.
In 2008, while in Montreal, Jessica was involved in a serious car accident which required her to have subsequent surgeries. As a result, Jessica was unable to stand for long periods of time and paint in a traditional form. While browsing on the net one day, she discovered a website for artists and began exploring. She became especially drawn to digital art; she loved the bold colours and lighting effects that could be created through the medium. Jessica then decided to purchase Photoshop and try to teach herself the functions of this program so she could get back to doing what she loved.
The process of learning this new program was at times very frustrating as well as overwhelming for her. After a year of working with the program she gained the courage to post her work online. People seemed to really like what she was doing, and she felt encouraged to keep going. After two years of working with Photoshop, authors began approaching her to work on their book covers, and businesses also contracted her for graphic design work.
In 2010, she had her first book cover published on Amazon. Since then, her work has been featured on more than 80 book covers, as well as magazines, and displayed at Montreal’s Gallerie Repaire des 100 talents.
Shortlisted for the 2016 Prix Aurora, Best Artist
James Beveridge was born in Windsor, Ontario, Canada and has been drawing for most of his life. He started selling fantasy art
to friends in elementary and on through secondary school summer employment, doing portraits and caricatures to freelancing airbrush/illustrative work.
In the fall of ’77 he migrated to Edmonton, Alberta and set about making a niche for himself there, where he found some creative freedom.
His original plan was to just paint some murals, but he ended up freelancing in a variety of media and genres for various businesses and promotional enterprises. James says he quite enjoys what he does and can’t really see any other career he’d trade for this one.
Born in Midland, Ontario, Ann grew up surrounded by a family of artists and showed an interest in drawing at a very young age. After high school, she moved to Calgary, Alberta, where she reside to this day, surrounded by her loving and supportive family.
Outside of an intense year-long certificate program in animation, she is a self-taught artist, and enjoys working in both traditional and digital mediums. In 2011, she began selling artwork in the artist alley of her first convention; since then she has sold her work at conventions in both Calgary and Edmonton, Alberta. With the success of selling prints and having her artwork published in the 2011, 2013, and 2015 Calgary Expo art books, she is excited about expanding her scope to include commission and freelance work.
Patrick is the owner and operator of Patrick Hunter Art and Design. He originally hails from Red Lake, Ontario, studied at Sault College.
His work expresses his Ojibway roots, and encompasses original paintings, apparel, illustration and graphic design.
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 as yet unpublished novels. He is one half ofJenEric 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.
Damien has spent most of his life telling stories to people in one way or another. He was that weird guy who always liked to read aloud in class, or spend his afternoons rehashing Monty Python sketches with his friends, complete with funny voices, or seeing if he could match the accent of where ever he was travelling.
After technically becoming an adult, he spent way too many years being told “you have a nice voice, you should work in Radio!” before he did anything about it. When he finally did, he found audiobooks soon after and was hooked on this long form storytelling.
When not recording and producing audiobooks, Damien enjoys studying medieval European martial arts from a 600 year old Italian treatise, running table top role-playing games for his friends where he gets to test out voices and accents on a captive audience, and seeing just how hard he can make his daughter roll her eyes when reading her bedtime stories in funny voices.
Born in Australia, Geoff has been a resident in the US for almost 30 years.
He is an industrial chemist and inventor. A member of Toastmasters, he is one step from a Distinguished Toastmaster, an organization that has helped to hone his speaking skills. After 10 years of volunteer work, reading the newspaper for the visually impaired, and 30 years of hearing American females say, “I just love the way you talk,” he realized he had a natural asset worth marketing.
An ex-pat Brit living in American since the age of 14, Janet G. Henke has over 40 years of experience as a teacher, actor, and in the past 14 as a voice-actor.
Her career encompasses working in both public and private school systems as a theatre arts instructor, often producing three major productions a year. She was instrumental in founding a community theatre in San Jose, California.
A cancer survivor, and award-winner in the performing arts, Janet now primarily devotes her working hours to voice-over and narration.
Susan voices, engineers, edits and delivers voice-over projects around the world from her state-of-the-art digital studio.
Susan’s quiet, professional voice studio produces recordings of the highest quality and greatest clarity.
Anthony Lee has been told that his voice is deep, resonant, smooth, and clear. Yet, it would be years before he would finally embrace that gift and start using it artistically.
From 2015 to 2016, Anthony enrolled in classes at the Voice One academy in San Francisco, learning about the art of voiceover for narrations, commercials, and characters. He thoroughly enjoyed honing his voice for things like audiobooks, technical materials, corporate narrations, e-learning modules, documentaries, commercials, promos, animations, video games, and talking products. Upon stepping into the world of voiceover, he focused initially on audiobooks via ACX, narrating works in genres such as nonfiction, romance, thriller, and young adult. He continues to keep an eye open for opportunities to expand his voiceover repertoire, in audiobooks and elsewhere.
When he is not doing voice work, Anthony enjoys playing chess, ice hockey, pool, Sudoku, and video games, as well as watching movies, reading about random topics on the Internet, and traveling. He lives in Northern California.
A native of Budapest, Hungary, Díana came to audiobook narration by way of eye surgery which immersed her into listening to audibooks.
She is a former administrator at LibriVox, and proof-listener at Iambik. She is quadrilingual (Russian, Hungarian, Italian and English), and feels she should perhaps learn Chinese just to round things out.
Díana has a BA in International Relations, and is now working on her MA, does conference interpreting in English-Hungarian, and Italian-Hungarian.
When not narrating audiobooks, she works full time at a muntinational company in delivery operations, and for fun and giggles travels, and is an aerial acrobat in hoop and silk.
Austen’s entrance into the world of narration wasn’t what he would call an accident, but it was certainly never something he thought he would end up doing growing up. All through high school, he aspired to be a musician, playing saxophone with an almost obsessive zeal, and it wasn’t until his senior year he discovered a passion for theatre that rivaled his love of music. The only inclination he had toward narration and voice-acting was from a few instances throughout high school of people telling him they liked his voice, and that he should try his hand at reading books on tape.
He didn’t think much of it at the time, and started college soon after graduation, pursuing a double major in Theatre and Music Performance – which, to say the least, didn’t work out well. But it was during that time that he bought, on a whim, a cheap podcasting kit, with a microphone and USB interface, and also began to search for his niche in theatre, having decided that professional music wasn’t for him. That’s when he decided to take a chance on what people had said in the past about his voice, found ACX.com, and decided to give it a try.
It certainly was a rough start–he didn’t have much experience, and not the foggiest idea of what he was doing as a producer. But with some extensive help from friends studying music production, a lot of practice and many rejected auditions, things started to take off. It began with a book called The Prince of Eridu, by Jesse Hudson, and since then has nearly twenty other titles released on Audible.