About the Authors (Long form)
Suzy Vadori Suzy’s long career building companies lends her a unique perspective in the literary world.
Suzy lives in Calgary, Canada with her husband and three children and is an involved community member. Currently, she is the Program Manager, Young Adult/Children’s Programming for When Words Collide (WWC), a literary Festival held in Calgary annually in August. She is also on the Board of Directors of Ecole Holy Name School as Fundraising Chair, with a 2013/2014 focus on bilingual Literacy in the school.
J.M. (Jeanette) Dover writes fantasy, penning short stories as well as middle grade and YA novels.
Jeanette loves using both sides of her brain. Her past careers as a social worker, a fashion designer and an accountant prove she can be both creative and logical—sometimes strangely at the same time. Being a writer gives her a way where the two sides of her mind can play happily together.
She lives with her husband and requisite writers’ pet (in this case, a loudly opinionated sheltie) in Calgary, Alberta.
Now that you have read the Official Statement, here is the real reason I want to be a writer: I am on a quest to convert everyone in this world, and all other worlds we conquer, into zealous book lovers. My plan is to catch them when they are young, before they can form an aversion to the written word.
If you are already a reader, you can help me achieve my sly plan by recommending books you love to others.
If you know of a non-reader, especially a young non-reader, I urge you to convince them to give only one book a chance. Tell them to pick a book where the cover art catches their eye and the back cover copy intrigues them. If they finish the book, tell them to recommend the book to another non-reader.
Michell (Mike) Plested is an author, editor, blogger, closet superhero (not to mention sock herder and cat wrangler) and podcaster living in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. He is the host of several podcasts including the writing podcast, Get Published (2009, 2011, 2013 and 2014 Parsec Finalist).
His debut novel, Mik Murdoch: Boy Superhero was shortlisted for the Prix Aurora Award for Best YA Novel, and its sequel, Mik Murdoch: The Power Within was launched at When Words Collide 2014. He has stories and several books coming out this year (2015) including Scouts of the Apocalypse (May), and a collaborative steampunk work, Jack Kane & the Statue of Liberty (June).
He can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.