Publisher and Editor: Lorina Stephens
In 2008 Lorina established her own indie 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 three 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 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
Senior Editor: Dr. Robert Runté
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.
Editor: Aerin Caley
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.
Editor: Sara Firmani
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.
Editor: Kim Greyson
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.”
Art Director: Jeff Minkevics
Cover Artist: Jessica Allain
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.
Cover Artist: James Beveridge
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.
Cover Artist: Patrick Hunter
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.
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.
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.
Narrator: Díana Majlinger
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.
Narrator: Austin Vanfleet
My entrance into the world of narration wasn’t what I would call an accident, but it was certainly never something I thought I would end up doing growing up. All through high school, I aspired to be a musician, playing saxophone with an almost obsessive zeal, and it wasn’t until my senior year I discovered a passion for theatre that rivaled my love of music. The only inclination I had towards narration and voice-acting was from a few instances throughout high school of people telling me they liked my voice, and that I should try my hand at reading books on tape.
I never thought 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 this time that I bought, on a whim, a cheap podcasting kit, with a microphone and USB interface, and also began to search for my niche in theatre, as I decided that professional music wasn’t for me. That’s when I decided to take a chance on what people had said in the past about my voice, found ACX.com, and decided to give it a try.
It certainly had a rough start–I didn’t have much experience, and not the foggiest idea of what I 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 I’ve had nearly twenty other titles release on Audible since then, all of which I’ve had both a lot of fun and an enlightening experience working on.